Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

International Applied Research Symposium - Call For Papers

International Applied Research Symposium: The Transforming Power of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystem

Deadline for Submission: July 28, 2017

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship located within the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University and the Asher Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) located in Lebanon, will jointly host the International Applied Research Symposium from November 6-7, 2017, at the USEK campus.  The theme of the symposium is: The Transforming Power of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystem: Lessons Learned.

Registration for the Symposium Is Now Available on the USEK Website Here.

Call for Papers Information Is Also Available on the USEK Website Here.

Symposium Objective
Call for Papers Topics
Submission Deadlines
Submission Contacts
Paper Submisssion Guidelines
Symposium Objective:

The complex global environment for entrepreneurship and innovation has experienced significant changes during the past decade requiring a deeper understanding of micro, meso and macro forces to realize sustained success.  Many countries, especially developing ones, hope to obtain a competitive edge through innovation and to strengthen their economies through encouraging entrepreneurship.  Currently, small and medium-size enterprises across the globe are progressing due to the evolving dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship. Today, applied research is key to feed industries and institutions especially in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship where practice leads theory.

Innovation, entrepreneurship and technology will form the pillars of a knowledge-based, highly productive and competitive economy, driven by entrepreneurs and leaders in a business-friendly environment where public and private sectors form effective partnerships.  Through the dissemination and exchange of ideas and applied practices among researchers, students, policy makers and practitioners, this symposium will promote a better understanding of all current matters in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management and create a pool of best practices that can may be applied in several contexts.

The main objective of this symposium is to bring together entrepreneurship researchers, practitioners and policy makers from around the globe to debate the emerging challenges and long-term solutions affecting technology, innovation, sustainability of global talent and business industries in our globalized economies.

Call for Paper Topics:

Given the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship for national/regional economic growth, you are cordially invited to submit a paper to the symposium, which seeks innovative applied research that creates or builds on existing key debates and questions to generate richer, more robust understandings of the domain of applied entrepreneurship research.  We welcome abstracts (not more than 5 pages) or short papers (10-15 pages) to, but not limited to, the following topics:

1. Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth

  • Entrepreneurial dimensions & economic growth
  • The influence of meso-environment factors, such as incubators and accelerators, on entrepreneurship
  • Innovation in services, logistics and supply-chain management
  • Sustainable innovation & technology incubation
  • Ways in which entrepreneurial ecosystems support start-up, growth, and sustainability of entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial finance and challenges and opportunities for startups/business ventures
  • Technology transfer, regulatory framework, marketing and commercialization
  • Human capital, innovation and productivity
  • The influence of network ties, interactions, and positioning on family owned businesses in local ecosystems
  • SME development & community engagement to foster economic growth
  • Social entrepreneurship and regional development
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship & Family Business
  • Rural Entrepreneurship – Prospects and Challenges
  • Sources of Funding for Entrepreneurship Growth

2. Culture in Entrepreneurship

  • Cross-cultural issues and entrepreneurship
  • The influence of ecosystem institutions, culture and policies on entrepreneurship
  • Legal, political and cultural challenges in entrepreneurial ventures in developing economies
  • Innovations, entrepreneurship, cultural and leadership issues

3. Entrepreneurship Education

  • Role of universities in entrepreneurship and regional development
  • The importance of entrepreneurship education for the region’s economic growth
  • Trends, patterns, and challenges of innovation and entrepreneurship education in the Middle East

4.    Entrepreneurship in the Arab World

  • Character Traits of the Middle Eastern entrepreneur
  • Push-Pull Meso-Framework of Arab Entrepreneurial Culture
  • Comparative gender entrepreneurship in the Arab world
  • Entrepreneurship autonomy of Arab women
  • Social entrepreneurship in the Arab world
  • Lebanese expatriate entrepreneurship worldwide
  • Entrepreneurial governance in Lebanese financial institutions
  • Business entrepreneurship, the Lebanese way
  • Challenges and opportunities for family owned businesses in the Arab world
  • National systems of entrepreneurship and SME development

Submission Deadlines and Contacts:

The deadline for all submissions is July 28th, 2017. Submit your papers to:

Scholars in the USA Scholars in the Middle East and Europe
Dr. Raj G. Javalgi Dr. Tina Habib
Associate Dean Chair, Marketing Department
Professor of Marketing and International Business Faculty of Business & Commercial Science
Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
1860 East 18th Street, BU 415, Cleveland, OH 44115 P.O. Box 446, Jounieh, Lebanon
Calendar of Dates:
July 28th, 2017 Deadline to send in abstracts or short papers
August 14th, 2017 Notification to authors of the approval or refusal of their abstracts/papers
October 1st, 2017 Deadline for receipt of the final amended paper for integration into Conference Proceedings in electronic format

Paper Submission Guidelines:

The official conference language is English. Mini-papers can be submitted in the form of five to eight pages embodying the following criteria:

  1. Author presentation: surname, name, institution, full address, telephone number, fax, email and brief biography
  2. An abstract of around 250 words with 5 keywords referring to the central themes and concepts developed in the article
  3. A title and brief plan of the paper
  4. A paper written in Times New Roman 12, justified and A4 format. The paper must not exceed 8 pages with 1/5 line spacing, enclsing annexes and bibliography. Tables and illustrations must be numbered and inserted within the text. The upper, lower and lateral margins should be equal to 2.5 cm.

The scientific committee will evaluate the suitability of each submitted paper in "double blinding" according to the scientific norms in force and will propose, if necessary, any suggested modifications. All accepted papers will be published electronically in the symposium proceedings.