6th Paper Development Seminar Seville, 2023

April 17th – 18th, 2023. Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Call for papers / proposals: “Entrepreneurship Process Research”

The objective of the 6th Paper Development Seminar is to help participants develop research results into papers that may be suitable for publication in top-tier academic journals. The 6th paper development seminar is co-organized with GEM-Spain (Observatorio del Emprendimiento de España, Papers/proposals applying a process perspective to entrepreneurship are welcome. We are open to any contributions analysing the entrepreneurial process, may they be conceptual or empirical and, in this latter case, using quantitative (ideally longitudinal, but also cross-sectional) and/or qualitative methods. Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Those deemed of highest potential by the organizing committee will be invited to participate. Selected participants will be offered the opportunity to submit a full paper (if they did not do so initially). Extended abstracts may also be presented at the seminar. The objective is to develop a productive and intimate work environment. For this reason, we will limit the number of proposals/papers to be accepted into the seminar to a maximum of 20.


The European Council for Small Business (ECSB) supports the 6th Paper Development Seminar in Entrepreneurship Process Research through the ECSB Event Fund initiative. This 6PDS is also a co-branded ECSB event. The ECSB will award a free one-year membership to the presenting author of the best paper/proposal presented at the 6PDS as well as a fast-track submission to the RENT2023 Conference.


The following units from the University of Seville also collaborate in organizing this seminar:

IUSEN: “Tomas de Mercado” Institute for Research in Economics and Business ( ).


      PYMED Research Group “SMEs and Economic Development” (

Invited speakers

We are honoured to have the participation of the following academics (in alphabetical order).

Matthias Fink is professor of innovation management and Vice Director of the Institute of Innovation at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. Matthias Fink is also a professor of strategy at Grenoble Ecole de Management, and previously had professorial roles at ARU Cambridge (UK), Leuphana University Lueneburg (Germany). He serves as an associate editor for Technology Forecasting and Social Change.

Sarah Jack is the Director of the SSES Center and Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and the first holder of the Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Chair in Sustainable and Innovative Entrepreneurial Development at SSE. She is also Professor at the Department: Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Lancaster University. She is associate editor of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, and editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

Paul Jones is the Head of the School of Management at Swansea University and a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is an experienced academic manager and researcher and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Senior Editor with Information Technology and People and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Management Education.

Christina Theodoraki is s Associate professor in Entrepreneurship & Strategy at TBS
Education. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Strategies at SPEA at the University of Indiana and Business Development Manager of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Research Network. She is Editor of Small Business Economics and Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Business Management.


Submission instructions

The submission deadline for papers/proposals is January 31st, 2023. There is no specific format or template to follow. However, in the case of proposals, the required length is 1500-2500 words, including aims, theoretical framework, methodology and findings (if applicable), implications and contribution.

Please submit through the following link:

The proposals will be evaluated by the organizing committee with the help of external reviewers, if needed. On February 15th, 2023, decision letters will be sent to submitting authors.

Authors of the accepted papers / proposals are encouraged to submit a more developed version by March 31st, 2023, although this is not required. The papers/proposals will be presented orally by the authors in the allocated time, followed by some time for Q&A.

All submissions will be presented to the audience and the invited speakers. The authors will receive general comments, specific clarifications and suggestions from the academics that make up the panel of experts in entrepreneurship. This highly qualified feedback will allow authors to improve their manuscripts in order to getting published in top academic journals in the field of entrepreneurship.


Thanks to the generous support of the ECSB and the IUSEN, the registration fee can be kept to the moderate rate of 150€ per participant. Information on how to register and pay will be provided to the authors of accepted papers/proposals by Mid-February 2023.

Seminar Programme

Monday April 17th, 2023

8:30-9:00 – Registration and accreditation
9:00-9:30 – Opening session
9:30-10:30 Plenary session
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-13:00 Participant’s presentations
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Participant’s presentations
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30- 17:30 Round table
19:00-22:00 Cultural visit and Seminar dinner

Tuesday April 18th, 2023

9:00-10:00 Plenary session
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-13:00 Participant’s presentations
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Round table
15:00-15:30 Closing up and Best Paper Award ceremony

Organizing Committee

Inmaculada Jaén (Chair), Francisco Liñán, José Fernández-Serrano, & Pedro Baena-Luna University of Seville

For any questions regarding the seminar organization, please contact:



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