|Track 01: Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management.|
Prof. Sankalp Pratap
Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli
Dr. Raj Shankar
|Brief Description of The Track|
Entrepreneurship embraces uncertainty and disrupts status quo. Its influence in and importance for emerging economies is recognized yet under researched. The existing literature, though sparse, predominantly draws on received wisdom from the west. This provides an interesting opportunity to explore locally relevant entrepreneurship in all its forms which can result in novel insights, new theoretical perspectives and fresh possibilities to supplement and modify existing theory. We invite both conceptual and empirical papers across all methodological approaches on the broad theme of entrepreneurship within emerging economies. Some indicative streams of topical interest include:
a. Entrepreneurship within emerging economies are usually grouped into one category. We recognize that this is not very useful for both theory and practice. Therefore, studies can unpack the similarities and differences between entrepreneurship across emerging economies. How do the socioeconomic and cultural factors play a role in shaping entrepreneurship within such economies? Are entrepreneurs very different in such economics (e.g. metacognitively, socially, etc), influenced differently by social ties (e.g. familial), explore opportunities differently (e.g. discover/create) and recover from failure differently (e.g. grief recovery process)? How are entrepreneurial new ventures different from existing small and medium businesses?
b. How do entrepreneurs in emerging economies start and scale their enterprises? Are the new venture growth paths different from those of longstanding businesses? Do emerging economy entrepreneurs address the local market first before going international or are they born globals? Do intermediaries (e.g. corporate accelerators, incubators) influence the new venture growth models? Can small and medium business embrace entrepreneurship? Can small and medium businesses catalyze their growth by embracing corporate startup engagement models (e.g. Corporate Accelerators)?
c. How does space, time and location foster entrepreneurship? What is the role of intermediaries (e.g. incubators, accelerators, startup forums, even cities and their cafes) in entrepreneurship? Are they different? What is the role of government in enabling intermediaries? Should government promote entrepreneurship through intermediaries or directly? What kind of policies are required to enable such mechanisms? Is fund raising different in emerging economies and what accounts for this difference if it exists? How do intermediaries influence fund raising patterns? How is the government’s participation in funding activity impacting entrepreneurial ecosystems? Are entrepreneurship policies the solution for a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem? How are we designing and implementing such policies?
d. How have certain communities in the emerging economies remained at the forefront of new venture creation? Are social network mechanisms within such communities unique? Does this influence how new ventures scale differently? Is community driven entrepreneurship unique? Are these similar/different to other newer varieties of entrepreneurship emerging (e.g. underdog entrepreneurs) within such contexts?
e. What is the role of classroom based entrepreneurship education in creating interest in new venture creation? What are the tools and heuristics which get introduced and valorized in the classrooms? Are there better forms of entrepreneurship education? How can we expand the repertoire of techniques (e.g. practice-driven) and technologies (e.g. digital) to enable entrepreneurship education? How do these impact, if at all, decision-making in new ventures? Can we look beyond intentions (e.g. mindsets)?