oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy 2012

Collaborative Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Aug 26-31, 2012, Hotel Lihn, Switzerland

Research on Collaborative Entrepreneurship and Innovation for a fundamental paradigm change towards sustainability is a promising and challenging academic field. It calls for a multitude of methods, combination of disciplines and new research designs.

The third oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy provides a unique platform to develop emerging researchers. Exceptional graduate students and young faculty are at the center of the programme and they will have exposure to leading academics who provide feedback on their work and share advice about academic careers and personal development.

The event includes paper development workshops, professional development roundtables, guest speeches and outdoor activities in the picturesque  Swiss Alps.  

In 2012 we aim at attracting papers fostering developments with regard to how entrepreneurial organizations can leverage existing and new solutions to overcome key sustainability challenges. Feedback will be given by fellow students and three internationally well-reputed researchers.

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We welcome research proposals from young scholars and PhD students with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Business Policy, Strategy and related fields, e.g. on:

•    Collaborative entrepreneurship, replication and scaling

•    Social innovation and technology diffusion

•    Regulatory innovation, partnerships and blended-value

•    Intrapreneurship and corporate innovation

•    Business models and open innovation

•    Strategies for systemic change

•    Co-creation and social entrepreneurship


Jill R. Kickul, NYU Stern School of Business, USA

Jill R. Kickul joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations in July 2008. She teaches courses in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship and is the Director of the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship in NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Kickul was the Richard A. Forsythe Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship at Miami University, Ohio, and a professor in the management department in the University’s Farmer School of Business. Prior to joining the Miami University faculty, she was the Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Simmons School of Management in Boston.

Professor Kickul’s primary research areas of interest include innovation and strategic processes within new ventures, micro-financing practices and wealth creation in transitioning economies, and social entrepreneurship. She is the author of Entrepreneurship Strategy: Changing Patterns in New Venture Creation, Growth, and Reinvention, and has published more than 50 publications in entrepreneurship and management journals.

Professor Kickul has taught entrepreneurship internationally for the Helsinki School of Economics, International Bank of Asia, Hong Kong M.B.A. Program (DePaul University), and delivered research seminars at the Stockholm School of Economics, EM Lyon School of Business, Aarhus Center for Organizational Renewal and Evolution (CORE), and the Jonkoping International Business School. Her work on entrepreneurship education development and curriculum design at the Simmons School of Management has been nationally recognized and supported through the Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Colleges Grant and was named by Fortune Small Business as one of the Top 10 Innovative Programs in Entrepreneurship Education.

Professor Kickul received her B.B.A. from the University of St. Francis in Illinois, her M.B.A. from DePaul University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University.

Dimo Dimov, Newcastle University Business School, UK

Dimo Dimov is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University Business School where he is also Director of Doctoral Programmes. Prior to joining the school in 2010, he was on the Management faculty at University of Connecticut and on the Entrepreneurship faculty at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Dimo received a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from London Business School (University of London) in 2004. Prior to entering academia, he enjoyed a career in the hospitality industry, with Marriott International. His last position outside academia was finance director for two hotel businesses in Budapest, Hungary.

Dimo Dimov’s’ work focuses on understanding both sides of entrepreneurial opportunities: how entrepreneurs create them and how investors select them. Although opportunities are obvious in retrospect, they are but uncertain and ambiguous ideas in prospect. He is interested in how potential entrepreneurs and investors think, act, and interact in the face of such uncertainty.

His research has been published in Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Industrial and Corporate Change, Small Business Economics, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions for Engineering Management, and Venture Capital, as well as regularly presented at international conferences. Dimo is field editor of The Journal of Business Venturing (JBV) and Editorial Board Member at the Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP) and the International Small Business Journal (ISBJ). His work has received several prizes including the Karen Legge Prize of the Journal of Management Studies (2010) and the Best Dissertation Award of the Academy of Managements’ Entrepreneurship Division (2005).

Originally from Bulgaria, Dimo has lived in Hungary, UK,Spain, and the US. Learn more about Dimo at his blog:

Wesley Sine, Cornell University, USA

Prof. Wesley Sine, Cornell University Professor Sine’s research focuses on the emergence of new economic sectors and entrepreneurship. His research context includes the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East. He explores issues related to institutional change, industry and technology evolution, technology entrepreneurship, and new venture structure and strategy. He has examined a diverse set of economic sectors ranging from the electric power industry to the emergence of the Internet. Teaching interests include entrepreneurship, commercializing university technology, new venture growth, the management of technology and innovation, and organizational change. He has consulted and taught executives in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Wes Sine has published, provisionally accepted, or papers forthcoming in the following journals: Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy. Sine is currently a senior editor at Organization Science and is the book review editor at Administrative Science Quarterly. For more information consult Wes’ CV.


Alfred J. Reed, Rutgers Business School, USA

Alfred J. Reed

Rutgers Business School

“Paving the way to Social Entrepreneurship among Urban Churches:  Field Transformation and the Discursive Promotion of New Practice”

David Achtzehn, Loughborough University, UK

 David Achtzehn

Loughborough University

“Sustainable human capital management in high-tech start ups: An employee perspective”

Elisa Alt, University of Sevilla
, Spain

Elisa Alt 

University of Sevilla

“How can organizations leverage the potential of social intrapreneurs?”

Friedemann Polzin, European Business School Oestrich-Winkel, Germany

Friedemann Polzin

European Business School Oestrich-Winkel

“Financing sustainable innovations”

Hossein E. Dizeje, National University Singapore, Singapore

 Hossein E. Dizeje

National University Singapore

“Maximizing the market diffusion of renewable energy”

Julia Planko, Utrecht University, The Netherlands


Julia Planko

Utrecht University

“The role of strategic management, collaboration and networks in tech. Innovation systems for”

Niharika Garud, IIM Bangalore, India

Niharika Garud

IIM Bangalore

“Decision-Making Processes in Technology Innovation: A Study of Indian Hi-Tech Firms”

Raja Singaram, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Raja Singaram

University of Twente

“Co-creation of Social Enterprises: Lessons from Clean Energy Solutions in Emerging Economies”

Raquel Antolín López, University of Almeria, Spain

 Raquel Antolín López

University of Almeria

“Institutions and Environmental Entrepreneurship: Environmental performance in the European Union”

Rose Kiwanuka, Rutgers Business School, USA

Rose Kiwanuka

Rutgers Business School, NY

“Improving Sustainability and Competitiveness of the Kenya Small-Scale Coffee Co-operatives with innovative Environmental Management Tools”

Vivianna Fang HE, George Washington University, USA

Vivianna Fang HE

George Washington University

“Entrepreneurs’ Learning From Failure and Transformational Leadership: A Moderated Mediation Model”