Call for papers

Since its inception in 1980 the NCSB conference has been a biannual event in the Nordic tradition characterized by an open atmosphere that encourages the exchange of ideas between researchers with research interests in the field of small business and entrepreneurship. The 2022 NCSB conference in Kolding, Denmark will continue this tradition and welcomes papers from all areas of the small business and entrepreneurship.

The conference will feature a mix of special theme tracks, general tracks and paper development tracks. Special theme tracks will focus on research themes that are central in Nordic research on small business and entrepreneurship:

  • Rural entrepreneurship

This special track will provide a forum to explore and discuss the status and future of research into rural entrepreneurship. The track will combine paper presentations with discussion and development formats.

Track chairs: Johan Gaddefors, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Richard Ferguson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Josefina Jonsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Hina Hashim, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Steffen Korsgaard, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management,

  • Design, entrepreneurship & SMEs

This track is broadly concerned with the intersection of entrepreneurship/SMEs and design. This can include theoretical work conceptualizing entrepreneurship as a form of design & design as a form of entrepreneurship; empirical studies of designers engaging in entrepreneurship as well as in entrepreneurship in design-intensive fields; design studies research in pursuit of practical knowledge; design and design thinking in SMEs; design-driven innovation in times of crisis and SMEs; and other related topics.

Track chairs: Elena Raviola, University of Gothernburg, Suna L. Nielsen, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, Astrid Heidmann Lassen, Aalborg University Henrik Berglund, Chalmers University of Technology

  • Embeddedness and entrepreneurship

This special track focuses on the intersection of entrepreneurship and embeddedness. It is well established that entrepreneurial processes are embedded in economic, social, institutional, cultural and spatial contexts and that being embedded can enable and constrain entrepreneurial activities. Yet, this research has hitherto largely deployed somewhat static and narrow conceptualisations of embeddedness and the processes involved in becoming embedded and disembedded. In this special track we will combine paper presentation and discussion formats to discuss existing research and explore new avenues of research for entrepreneurship and embeddedness.

Track chairs: Caroline Wigren-Kristofersen, Lund University, Jorunn Grande, Nord University Business School, Karin Hellerstedt, Jönköping International Business School,  

  • Public-Private Innovation

In this track we encourage papers inquiring into the role of entrepreneurship in various forms of Public-Private Innovation, including PP Partnerships, innovation procurement processes, co-creation, collaboration, etc.

Track chairs: Thomas Hoholm, BI Norwegian Business School, Tuija Mainela, University of Oulu, Majbritt R. Evald, University of Southern Denmark,

  • Women’s entrepreneurship

Track chairs: Ulla Hytti, Turku School of Economics,

  • Entrepreneurship education

Track chairs: Michael Breum Ramsgaard, Aarhus University, Claus Thrane, Aarhus University, Birgitte Wraae, UCL University College, Martin Senderovitz, University of Southern Denmark,

  • Sustainability in entrepreneurship and SMEs

This special track provides a forum for presenting and discussing research that focuses on sustainability in entrepreneurship and SMEs. We encourage papers inquiring interdisciplinary collaboration for sustainability, sustainability in entrepreneurship education, and methods and tools that support the integration of sustainability in entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Track charis: Lise Aaboen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Elli Verhulst, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Simon Jepsen, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management,

General tracks will be divided into an entrepreneurship track and a SME track. Special theme tracks and general tracks will feature presentations of research papers followed by constructive feedback in plenary discussions. In the paper development tracks, participants are divided into groups in which all participants have read the assigned papers, and time will be distributed to group discussions on how to improve the paper. The paper development tracks will be of particular interest and value to young scholars. An experienced scholar will be assigned to each group.