3 - 5 April 2017
The WECB 2017 will be held at Bangkok University, Thailand - April 3-5, 2017. This international three day conference connects researchers and practitioners interested in advancing the field of women’s entrepreneurship.
Building on the success of the WECB 2015, we invite academics and practitioners interested in exploring women’s entrepreneurship. The WECB 2017 promises to be a motivating, educational and social experience, where local, regional and international experts can exchange their research and experience. Women’s entrepreneurship has been identified as an increasingly important contributor for economic growth and welfare, in particular for developing nations. In South East Asia alone there are 61 million female entrepreneurs, more than in Europe and the USA combined. Thailand presents a particularly interesting case as it is the only countries in the world where both nascent and established female business owners outnumber their male counterparts (GEM, 2015). The conference invites participants to investigate female entrepreneurship in a variety of cultural and contextual settings. Emphasis is placed on analysing the strengths, challenges and business models of female entrepreneurs as well as strategies to promote and support women entrepreneurship.
The three-day conference includes paper development sessions, practitioner workshops, a company visit, and a case study writing class connecting Thai female entrepreneurs and researchers from Europe and South East Asia. This year we are honored to welcome Professor Friederike Welter as one of our keynote speakers.
Prof. Friederike Welter
- President of the IfM Bonn (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung)
- Professor for SME Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Siegen, Germany
- Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
- Former President of the European Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB)
Scholars wishing to present during the workshop must submit an abstract by January 27th, 2017. The abstract should not exceed more than 500 words. Authors will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by February 2nd, 2017. The conference will be limited to 30 papers.
Full papers should be submitted by March 10th, 2017 and not exceed 12 pages (including tables, figures and references).
Authors of accepted papers do not have to pay a conference fee. Also included are the Gala and the Farewell Dinner (for the first 2 authors).
Moreover, successful applicants from UK institutions are invited to stay at our 4* conference hotel free of charge (4 nights). They are also eligible to apply for one of 10 travel bursaries (up to £500) after their abstract has been accepted. At this point we would like to thank our generous sponsors at the British Council, the Newton Fund and the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI).
Topics discussed during the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Women’s entrepreneurship
- Cross-cultural studies in entrepreneurship and their impact on women entrepreneurs (with a particular focus on comparisons between the UK and East-Asia)
- Female entrepreneurs in science, technology and innovation
- Responsible and sustainable business models and strategies; what we can learn from female entrepreneurs
- Policies and practices for women’s entrepreneurship
- Gender, identity and leadership
- Values, spirituality and religion of women entrepreneurs
- GEM and UNESCAP data on women entrepreneurs
- Case studies focusing on female entrepreneurs
Host of the WECB2017
Bangkok University School of Entrepreneurship and Management (BUSEM)
Bangkok University is one of the oldest and most famous private universities in Thailand. Its reputation rests upon two major pillars: “creativity + entrepreneurship”. Since its founding in 1962, it has established itself as a leader in entrepreneurship education and research in Thailand.
The School of Entrepreneurship and Management (BUSEM) is home the first Bachelor in Entrepreneurship in Thailand. Today over 1000 undergraduates are enrolled in the Thai and International entrepreneurship programme. Four years ago, BUSEM build upon its long standing partnership with Babson College to create the first Master in Management and Entrepreneurship in Thailand.
BUSEM also leads Thailand’s research efforts on entrepreneurship, family business and women’s entrepreneurship. It is home to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the STEP research project in Thailand and will host the Diana International Research Conference 2018.
Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Centre
Established in 2015 under the patronage of HRH The Duke of York, KG, the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship. It builds on the Cambridge Judge Business School’s track record by bringing together the School’s entrepreneurship programmes and activities and building a coherent and coordinated offering. The Centre supports the full entrepreneurial journey starting with the empowerment of aspiring entrepreneurs, through the creation and development of early-stage ventures; and all the way to small and medium size enterprise growth. Programmes offered by the Centre include the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, Ignite and the SME Growth Challenge.
The Entrepreneurship Centre's mission is to develop and share thought-leadership that establishes the University of Cambridge as a global knowledge locus for entrepreneurship; and provide a critical resource for entrepreneurs, mentors and investors. All of the Entrepreneurship Centre's activities are underpinned by world-class research and access to the Cambridge Cluster, the most successful technology cluster in Europe. Twitter: @CJBS_EC
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