Open Worksop by Prof. David Smallbone: Institutions and entrepreneurial behaviour

The aim of the Open Workshop Series in Business and Management Studies is to promote top-quality academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences. This is a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge and networking with local and international community members.

15:00 - 17:00 Friday 24/03/2017

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Room 507

Speaker: Prof. David Smallbone, Kingston University, UK

This presentation is concerned with institutional theory and its use as a framework for analysing entrepreneurial behaviour in difficult environments.  Following an introduction, which will include a discussion of key concepts, the rest of the paper to be presented in the workshop is divided broadly into two parts. The first focuses on institutions as enabling and constraining forces of entrepreneurial behaviour. This is followed by discussion of entrepreneurial responses to institutional deficiencies. The final topic, in the first section, focuses on institutional change, which is helpful in seeking to identify behavioural change over time.  Institutional change is used as a bridge into the second part of the paper, which highlights the role of agency.  This contrasts with the first section where structure dominates.  The key concept in the second part of the paper is institutional entrepreneurship, which will be critically assessed and illustrated with reference to some case studies from China. This is followed by a conclusion and some suggestions for future research in this field.

David Smallbone is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and Associate Director of the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University. David is a Past President of the ICSB and also a Past President of the ECSB. He is a Fellow of the ECSB and a Wilfred White Fellow of the ICSB. He is also a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Hubei School of Economics in Wuhan, China and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Business Management.

David has been involved in research relating to SMEs and SME policy since the late 1980s and has been a regular presenter at national and international conferences during this period. One of his main research interests over more than 25 years has been entrepreneurship in transition economies. He has published widely on topics that include: entrepreneurship and small business development in rural areas, much of it with an applied policy focus. Examples include studies of innovation in rural SMEs, a study of the survival and growth of rural businesses, and participation in a seven-country study of entrepreneurship in Europe’s peripheral rural areas. He has also undertaken evaluations of rural policy interventions. Alongside his academic research David has extensive experience of research based consultancy for a range of national and international clients.  These include central government departments in different countries, the European Commission, UNDP and the OECD.   David has a long standing interest in entrepreneurship in the Baltic States.  This has included studies of small business growth and internationalisation.  His first visit to Latvia (to SSE) was in 2005 to a small conference held in this school and was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable conferences he has participated in. 

Discussion moderated by Dr. Arnis Sauka.

Please sign up for the seminar, writing to by March 22nd, 2017.

Workshop is supported by the National Research Program 5.2 EKOSOC - LV

The aim of the SSE Riga Open Workshop Series is to:

  • to foster cooperation between business and management researchers, practitioners and policy makers, as well as
  • to promote academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences, focusing on but not limited to entrepreneurship, marketing, management, public administration and strategy.

Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga.

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