The Residence Week for Entrepreneurship Scholars is an innovative initiative on the part of Saul Estrin (London School of Economics) and Mirjam van Praag (Copenhagen Business School), organised for the first time in the summer of 2012 in order to bring together leading figures in the field of economics of entrepreneurship. Following the success of the three previous years and due to popular demand for its repetition, the 4th Residence Week for Entrepreneurship Scholars took place June 29 – July 3, 2015 in Oxford with the generous support of the Templeton Education and Charity Trust.
What differentiates the Residence Week from other conferences is the tradition of having no preordained programme. This ensures an informal setting that many participants list as a unique advantage of the event. During the day people work on their own projects or collaborate with old and new colleagues. Formal presentations are only organised after 4pm, allowing scholars to create the ideal balance between individual research and sharing ideas.
This year, the diversity of the topics presented during the afternoon sessions reflected the broad spectrum of the field of entrepreneurship research, touching upon for instance social and hybrid entrepreneurship, equity (crowd)funding, decision-making styles, and the impact of human capital on start-up performance. The presentations conveyed new insights about the behaviour of social and commercial entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and the importance of venture capital and other types of equity investors.
Participants from INO were: Mirjam van Praag, Toke Reichstein, Orsola Garofalo and Vera Rocha.