Communicate : Issue 01

July  05 : Welcome


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In this edition...


1. Future Events  


2. Paper and Event Participation Calls


3. Recent  Articles


4. New Journal Issue


5. New Books

6. Featured Web Links  



Future Events



The Cultural Enterprise Office has organised seven workshops in Aberdeen for those who run (or wish to run) an Arts Organisation or work as a Professional Artist. These workshops are entitled - Your Business Development - The Seven Vital Steps to Success™ these workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 14th September, 1.45pm-5pm.  Whether you are starting out in business or already underway this series of business coaching workshops will provide you with an overview of seven key steps that are critical areas for the growth of your business and so provide you with a strong foundation to channel your creativity and create more profit in less time. You will meet weekly, for seven sessions, joining a dynamic peer group of creative businesses and entrepreneurs. Coach Lynne O'Neil will guide you  through:


1.       Goal Setting

2.       Time Management  

3.       Marketing

4.       Business Planning

5.       Confidence Building

6.       Stress Busting

7.       Creative Visualisation


This is a great opportunity to attain personal and company growth, but the Cultural Enterprise Office can only offer places to participants who can fully commit to all seven sessions. Please phone 0844 544 9990 to book a place or email: [log in to unmask] .



The Sixth International Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) Conference - Continuous Innovation:  (Ways of) Making Things Happen. September 4th-7th 2005. University of Brighton, Brighton, UK. This Conference is aimed at Practitioners, Academics and Consultants involved in managing or studying innovation and change.  Program topics Include:

·          Ways of enabling effective innovation.

·          Managing discontinuous innovation.

·          Inter-organisational innovation

·          Future challenges for innovation management

·          Developing national, regional and local innovation system

For further details visit the Conference website:

The Seventh Cambridge Enterprise Conference, 14th & 15th September 2005, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK. This Conference focuses on:


·          Innovation – hear new ideas on strategy, technology, process and brand

·          Knowledge - learn how successful entrepreneurs made the grade

·          Networking - look for customers, clients and partners


Speakers include:  Alistair Baker, Managing Director, Microsoft Ltd; Doug Richard, Entrepreneur, featured in the BBC's 'Dragons Den'; Charles Wessner, Director, Technology & Innovation Program, National Academy of Sciences, USA.  Visit conference website for additional information and to register:



The Global Business & Economics Research Conference, August 10th-13th, 2005, Hyatt Regency, Istanbul, Turkey. The Global Business and Economic Research Conference will bring together academics and professionals from all areas related to business and related fields. Tracks include:


·          Business Education

·          Case studies related to Business

·          Entrepreneurship


For more information and to register visit:


The 4th International Conference on Entrepreneurship - Employment and Beyond will take place September 8th-9th, 2005 at Södertörn University College, Stockholm, Sweden.  The primary theme for the 2005 conference is "Exploring the Dynamics of entrepreneurship". In accordance with Södertörns högskolas research mandate, the 2005 will also devote a special track to the Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe region. For further information visit the conference website:


Paper and Event Participation Calls



Call for papers for the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management - Special Issue on: “The Adoption of Innovation and Technology by Small and Medium Sized Enterprises”. Guest Editors: Dr. S.C. Lenny Koh and Dr Luke Pittaway, University of Sheffield, UK. Manuscript submissions by 30 September 2005. Topics suitable for this special issue include, but are not limited to: Knowledge diffusion; Knowledge management; Knowledge transfer and sharing; SMEs networks and clusters; Role of incubators, science park, associations, institutions and universities; Government policy; ICT adoption; High-tech small firms; Organisational learning Product innovation; Technological innovation; Innovations in start up companies; E-commerce and e-business; Competitiveness models. For more information email: [log in to unmask] . Or visit the Inderscience website:



The 2nd International Business Research Conference, 5th – 8th December 2005, Sydney, Australia. This international conference calls for papers on all topics related to accounting, banking, business administration, economics, finance, marketing and management. All papers will be double blind reviewed and be will included in the conference proceedings with an ISBN. Apart from best paper awards and best doctoral thesis awards, there are opportunities to publish in the International Review of Business Research Papers (an e-journal) and Journal of Business and Policy Research. For further information, please contact Dr. Mohammad Hoque at: [log in to unmask] or visit The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 28th October 2005.


The 4th Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER) is to be held on February 22nd-24th, 2006 at the University of Regensburg, Germany. The Conference theme is ‘Entrepreneurship in Europe’ and provides an opportunity for Entrepreneurship scholars in Europe, conducting research in business, economics, geography, psychology, sociology or other fields to present and discuss their research findings.  Maximum two-page abstracts to be submitted by email to [log in to unmask] by October 4 2005. Further information is available on the Conference website:


Featured Articles


Social Enterprise generates £18bn turnover for the UK. New findings published by the DTI show that Social Enterprises generate some £18billion in annual turnover and employ over 775,000 people. Social Enterprises are businesses driven by social or environmental goals rather than the need to maximise private profit. The Small Business Service: Survey of Social Enterprises Across the UK provides a snapshot of this diverse and important business sector, and how it contributes to society and the environment. Social enterprises are diverse, in size and sector. Almost a quarter (23%) are in London, but they operate in every region of the UK and they represent around 1% of the UK's (employing) businesses. The survey set out to understand the sectors where these businesses are active, where they operate, whom they benefit and how they generate income. A PDF of the report can be found at For the full SBS Press Release (Published: 11/8/2005) visit:


Profits at eBay are going, going, gone through the roof. Today, eBay UK is so successful that an estimated 10,000 people make their livelihood, or a large percentage of it, through trading on the website. The UK company has also introduced an eBay Business Centre to persuade small and medium-sized businesses to register with the company and set up an eBay shop. Azita Qadri, of eBay, said: "It's a ready-made solution for a business to sell online. By trading on eBay, businesses have access to 10 million potential buyers in the UK." Article by: Stephen McGinty. The Scotsman, 22 July 2005. Online link:


Small in size, but big in profits and innovation. Quirky ideas and a personal touch are helping a handful of small companies prove that size isn't everything in business. There's a wave of small businesses that see their relatively small size as an opportunity to create competitive advantage. Their size is not something they try and hide, but something that gives them strength. They use it to become commercially successful, not by aping larger, more traditional businesses, but by being flexible and punching above their perceived weight.


"Small businesses are not faceless corporations. They are the manifestation of the individual, or individuals, who run that business," says Professor David Storey, director of the Centre for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at Warwick Business School. "The common element in those that are successful is that they do something which is smart. I call it the smile factor, it makes you think, isn't that clever? They do whatever they do, but in a different way from the competition," he says. Article by Gareth Chadwick.  The Independent, 24 July 2005. Online link:


New Journal Issue


Table of Contents - Journal of Business Venturing Volume 20, Issue 5, 2005:


·          Agency Costs, Institutions, Learning, and Taxation In Venture Capital Contracting. Douglas J. Cumming. Pages 573-622.


·          Are Some Entrepreneurs More Overconfident Than Others? Daniel P. Forbes. Pages 623-640.


·          Champions of Product Innovations: Defining, Developing, and Validating A Measure Of Champion Behaviour. Jane M. Howell, Christine M. Shea and Christopher A. Higgins. Pages 641-661.


·          A Quantitative Content Analysis of the Characteristics of Rapid-Growth Firms and Their Founders. Bruce R. Barringer, Foard F. Jones and Donald O. Neubaum. Pages 663-687. 


·          Venturing In Turbulent Water: A Historical Perspective of Economic Reform and Entrepreneurial Transformation. Justin Tan. Pages 689-704.


·          Antecedents, Moderators, and Performance Consequences of Membership Change In New Venture Teams. Gaylen N. Chandler, Benson Honig and Johan Wiklund. Pages 705-725.  




Featured Books



No Such Thing as Over-Exposure: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump (May 2005).  Author: Robert Slater. Publisher: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0131497340.  Donald Trump agreed to give Robert Slater unprecedented access to his world: over 100 hours of private conversations and meetings. Wherever Trump went, Slater was there: as a "fly on the wall" at deal-making sessions, on Trumps Gulfstream, everywhere. Slater interviewed 150 of Trumps former and present employees and colleagues, even his toughest competitors. Now, he reveals the man: the businessman and dealmaker, strategist and survivor, celebrity and personality.

Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography (June, 2005). Author: Richard Branson. Publisher: Virgin Books.  ISBN: 0753510200.  In this revised edition, Richard Branson adds to his amazing memoirs, bringing both his - and Virgin's - story up to date. From the highs and lows of both his personal as well as business life, Richard Branson bares his soul discussing his family, friends, and philosophy, and covers dramatic events such as his Atlantic crossings, the sale of Virgin Records and the BA dirty tricks affair. There are also insights into the workings of Virgin.


Featured Web Links On this portal site you can read the latest information concerning interesting events and news in the field of enterprise education and entrepreneurship training in Europe. The Enterprise Europe Newsletter is published quarterly in 11 languages and delivered by post free-of-charge anywhere in the world. You can also consult or download electronic editions on their home page. Enterprise Europe News also provides updates as a free e-mail alert service.  On this site you will find information about the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) and its activities, and about other events and subjects relevant to Management Researchers.



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