ESBM activities and events

ESBM Seminar Series

The ESBM regularly hosts a seminar series that seeks to create a platform for all stakeholders interested in entrepreneurship and small business management, including academics, CEOs, business owners, policy makers, consultants, and support agencies, to network and interact.

Our next seminar, held jointly with CAEL, is on Tuesday 6 March 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm in MU306 - Transnational Entrepreneurs and International Business Development: The Minority Dividend with guest speaker Professor Jay Mitra, Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation Essex Business School, University of Essex. Find out more about this event and book your place.

Previous speakers and topics

Previous speakers and topics have included:

Dr Dilani Jayawarna, Reader in Entrepreneurship at University of Liverpool Management School
'Resourcing Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs'

Professor Catherine Wang, Royal Holloway University of London
‘Ambidextrous Organizational Culture, Contextual Ambidexterity and New Product Innovation: A Comparative Study of UK and Chinese High-Tech Firms’

Dr Kevin Mole, University of Warwick Business School
‘Good Outcomes from Business Advice’

Professor Khaled Soufani, Director of the Desjardins Centre for Innovation in Business Finance at Concordia University in Montreal
‘Financing Small Businesses’

Professor David Rae, Director of Enterprise & Innovation at Lincoln Business School
‘Entrepreneurs and enterprise educators: what are the consequences of the recession and challenges of regenerating the economy in the new era?’ Video from Prof David Rae's seminar is available here.

Emeritus Professor Alan Gibb OBE, Durham University
‘Revisiting Small Business Research: Are we asking the right questions?'

Dr. Jonathan Scott, Head of the Centre for Strategy & Leadership, Teesside University
‘Entrepreneurship in developing countries in context’

In addition to the seminars there are also regular meetings held to which all cluster members are invited. These provide an on-going stimulus for staff and research students to further their research.

Prof. Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University

‘How Does Life Course Help Explain Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Earnings?

Other events, activities and news in the ESBM research cluster

China 2015 Family Business Conference 

Dr. Yong Wang was the Research Programme Chair and hosted the China 2015 Family Business Conference at Beijing Institute of Technology in September 2015.

Dr Yong Wang won Best Paper on Conference Theme

Dr Yong Wang won Best Paper on Conference Theme at the  IFERA (International Family Enterprise Research Academy) 2015 Conference in Hamburg, Germany. IFERA is a prestigious world-leading family business research association and is dedicated to advancing family business research and translating research findings and theories into practical actions. The 2015 conference focussed on 'Tradition and Innovation in Family Business'. Find out more.

Guest editing for International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research (IJEBR)

Dr Yong Wang is one of three guest editors who has been working on a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research (IJEBR). The topic for the special issue is 'trust, social capital and competitive advantages of family businesses'.
IJEBR is the official journal of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, UK (ISBE).

Prestigious Ernst and Young Research Grant

Dr Yong Wang was successful, in the face of international competition, in obtaining the sole research grant offered in 2011 by  Ernst & Young through their collaboration with  the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) to support family business research. The award of 10,000 Euros was made in respect of the project proposal entitled ‘Dynamic Capabilities of Family Businesses: A Comparison between China and Britain’ and is scheduled for completion within 12 months.

ESBM and John Oldacre Grants

The John Oldacre foundation provides financial support for the advancement or promotion, for the public benefit, of research and education in agricultural sciences and the publication of the useful results of such research.

A third successful grant application was  awarded for a study entitled ‘The Impact of Livestock Disease Outbreaks on Rural Enterprises in the UK’  which commenced in 2012. This follows previous grants awarded for the recently completed study of ‘Economic and Strategic Behaviour in Dynamic Business Environments: the Case of ex-Sugar Beet Farmers of the West Midlands’ conducted by Dr Daniel May, and Dr Aurelian Mbzibain’s doctoral study entitled ‘Bioenergy and the Farmer: A viable business proposition?’

Visiting scholars

The cluster regularly hosts extended visits of academics from overseas to facilitate collaboration in research.