4th Annual Entrepreneurship as Practice
Conference and PhD Consortium

3-6 April 2019

Audencia Business School

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About the EAP 4 Conference

Building on the first (February 2016 at VU Amsterdam), second (February 2017 at University College Dublin Quinn School of Business) and third (April 2018 at Linnaeus University) Entrepreneurship as Practice conferences (EaP 4th), this conference and PhD symposium brings together the growing community of researchers who embrace the “practice turn”. Initiated by such calls as Steyaert (2007) and Johannisson (2011), the entrepreneurship-as-practice movement is now gaining traction, witnessed by such contributions as De Clercq & Voronov (2009), Tatli et al. (2014), Goss et al. (2011), Keating et al. (2013), Chalmers and Shaw (2017), Dimov (2018) and Matthews et al. (2018).

Practice theorists of entrepreneurship studies share a number of common assumptions.

First, instead of thoughts and ideas hidden inside individual entrepreneurial minds, the central focus of inquiry are the spontaneously expressed, living, responsive, relational practices occurring out in the world between us for all to see.

Second, practices are seen as the relevant unit of analysis for the exploration of entrepreneurial phenomena. Although there is no one definition of practice possible, they are fundamentally collaborative and relational activities, not solely reducible to the agents who carry them out. As they are defined by Schatzki, practices are organized by the enactment of sequential bodily activities, mediated by ‘things’ and their use, and drawing upon practical knowledge. Practices bring together actors, activities and contexts, thus interrelating social structures and human agency (Dodd et al., 2016; Hill, 2018; Tatli et al., 2014). Consequently, EaP research aims to observe, theorize and unfold the practices―as ways of doing and saying things – carried out by practitioners (entrepreneurs and their partners).

Drawing on these shared assumptions, recent scholarship has advanced entrepreneurship research in several ways. First, entrepreneurship as practice continues to move away from understanding ‘who’ an entrepreneur is towards the importance of collaborative activity, performance, and work in the creation and perpetuation of entrepreneuring (Gartner et al., 2016; Keating et al., 2013; Matthews et al., 2018). Second, theories of practice help us understand the critical role of the body, practical know-how and material objects in organizing entrepreneurship. Third, theories of practice help us perceive and better understand the reproduction and transformation of practices and practical knowledge related to entrepreneurial phenomena across time and space.

However, emphasizing the intricate socially-situated nature of practices comes with considerable ontological, theoretical and methodological implications. These will be addressed during the Conference and PhD Symposium.

Important dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
PhD Symposium and Research Conference
December 15th 2018
Notification of Acceptance
PhD Symposium and Research Conference
January 15th 2019
Full Paper Submission Deadline March 6th 2019
Registration Deadline March 1st 2019
Conference Date April 3-6th 2019

For background and information on EaP literature, please see: www.entrepreneurshipaspractice.com

Organizing Committee (extract)

  • Claire Champenois, Audencia Business School (President)
  • William B. Gartner, Babson College
  • Ola Byrne, UCD Dublin
  • Miruna Radu-Lefebvre, Audencia Business School (PhD consortium)
  • Bruce Teague, Eastern University Washington
  • Neil Thompson, VU University Amsterdam

With the support of Audencia Business School faculty members:

Gilles Certhoux, Tamim Elbasha, Vincent Lefebvre, Benjamin Le Pendeven, Kathleen Randerson, Sébastien Ronteau, Lisa Thomas.




Structure of the Conference and PhD Symposium

Day 1: April 2nd

Late afternoon registration and welcoming

Day 2: April 3rd

Theoretical Issues

Day 3: April 4th

Methodological issues

Day 4: April 5th

Paper Development Workshop

Publication opportunities

Following the Conference, on the 6th of April, we will run a PDW for the Organization Studies Special Issue « Organizational and Institutional Entrepreneuring: Processes and Practices of Creating in an Organized World ». Best papers will be selected for participation in this workshop.

Download special issue call for papers

Participants will be offered to submit their paper to the « Research  Handbook on Entrepreneurship as Practice », Research Handbooks  in Business and Management series, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Download research handbook call for papers


Participating scholars are welcome to choose one or more days of the conference when registering.
PhD candidates who want ECTS credits for their participation are required to attend all three days of the conference, as well as generate additional work beyond what is required by other participants in the conference. 

Please note that students are required to send documentary evidence of their status (i.e. proof of enrollment) to eap4@audencia.com upon registration.

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