30th Annual SEAANZ Conference

4-6 July 2018, UNE Future Campus Parramatta, Sydney, Australia

Entrepreneurship is acknowledged globally as central to economic development, a position that accounts for the attention it attracts in academia, among governments and policy makers and entrepreneurial practitioners themselves. Creating an environment that supports entrepreneurship requires attention to a number of factors including the legal and regulatory system, financial resources, human capacity development, infrastructure and even social norms. There has been considerable debate as to whether an effective ecosystem should focus on high growth firms or support all small and medium enterprises irrespective of their growth intentions. This conference will focus on the elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the businesses that should be supported in the ecosystem.

Key dates:

Paper submissions open – 15th January 2018
Papers submissions deadline – 15th March 2018
Authors notified of outcomes – 15th May 2018
Deadline for final papers – 15th June 2018

Quality academic research papers, doctoral student research and papers from a policy or practice perspective are welcome. All papers will be peer reviewed and should meet the paper submission guidelines outlined in the following sections.

Conference Themes

  • Business ecosystems, industry clusters and the national innovation system;
  • Business model design for the sustainable ecosystem;
  • Developing and maintaining networks and strategic alliances;
  • Economic gardening and the fostering of sustainable growth in SMEs;
  • Education, training and support for entrepreneurs and small business owners;
  • Electronic commerce and international markets;
  • Elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem;
  • Financing start-up and SME growth;
  • Government policies for SME and entrepreneurship development;
  • Human capital and workforce development;
  • Indigenous enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business management.
  • Legal and regulatory framework for enterprise development;
  • Paths to growing the business including exporting and globalisation;
  • Social entrepreneurship and co-operative enterprise.
  • Taxation system and SME development;
  • Technology, innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • The competitive environment and impact of SME development.

It is a condition of acceptance of the paper that at least one of the authors will attend the conference and present the paper. Papers MUST conform to the Author Guidelines provided below. Please keep an exact copy of your submission for future reference. Papers will be subjected to a formal blind peer review process and will be judged on the basis of general quality, clarity of presentation, and the contribution of the paper to policy and practice of small business. Decisions of the Conference Chair on acceptance, rejection and/or suggested modifications are final. Where modifications are required the final submission must explain, on a separate page, how the reviewer’s comments have been addressed. Papers should be submitted via the SEAANZ Scholar One site.



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