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The Institute for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship is organising its conference in Belfast, UK, on 8/9 November. 

As the submission date for abstracts to ISBE 2017 is fast approaching, we would encourage all of you with an interest in joining the Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast to present your research under the broadly defined theme of ‘Public Sector Entrepreneurship; this is a new theme for 2017. 

The closing date for abstract submissions is 31st March 2017 and you will be notified of the outcome of the abstract review process by 30th April 2017 (with full papers required by 30th July 2017). Remember that you will benefit from the early bird registration discount if your full paper is received by this date. 

These are very challenging times for people either working in, or researching in this evolving field of enquiry, and my hope is that the theme will become a well-established part of the Annual ISBE programme. Public agencies face an accelerated pace of global uncertainty and the environments inhabited by practitioners and researchers are very challenging indeed. The escalation in complex ‘wicked’ problems demands ever more entrepreneurial approaches and in this theme, I hope that we can attract papers from those examining a wide range of public agencies, in particular in partnership with non-profit, voluntary/third sector, charitable and faith based organisations to deliver services. There is a huge agenda ahead on public entrepreneurship and I welcome papers dealing with any aspect of civic, social and public entrepreneurship’ research. Of particular interest will be papers dealing with conceptual/theoretical, methodological or empirical aspects of public entrepreneurship. Public organisations are relatively under–studied in entrepreneurship literature and we need to gather a body of evidence on innovation, creativity and enterprise practices.

If anyone would like to discuss their ideas prior to submitting an abstract, by all means contact Joyce Liddle from Aix-Marseille Université by email at [email protected] for an informal chat. She is looking forward to meeting you all in Belfast and making this theme a successful addition to the ISBE Annual Programme of events.

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