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ESU 2024 Conference and Doctoral Programme
September 16 - September 20



The Institute of Innovation Management at JKU Business School, Johannes Kepler University Linz – JKU invites you to join the ESU 2024 Conference and Doctoral Program from 16 to 20 September 2024.

The aim of ESU is to strengthen European research traditions and networks in entrepreneurship by focusing both on academic sessions and on the culture and heritage that the host country and region have to offer.

Bi-annually, the ESU network organizes an event that combines the ESU Doctoral Program and the academic ESU Conference. This year, the event is hosted at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.

The ESU Doctoral Program

During the ESU Doctoral Program PhD students at different stages of their projects – i.e., early, intermediate and mature stage – work together with established researchers on current topics of theoretical and methodological aspects and practices in entrepreneurship research. The exchange is organized in two formats:

Plenary sessions on specific topics with established researchers as keynote speakers, who will inspire and invite critical reflection on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship such as interesting issues, innovative methodologies, and the publication process.

Group discussions and presentations where PhD students present their own work, discuss it with peers, and receive feedback from more senior scholars.

Participating in the ESU Doctoral Program and completing all its tasks gives you up to 6 ECTS. The tasks comprise:

  • A presentation of your own work. The content of the presentation will vary according to the progress of the PhD project. Early stage PhDs, who have not started their research project, will present their research proposals. Intermediate stage PhDs will present the theoretical underpinning and methodological design of their first research together with preliminary results, if available. Mature stage PhDs, who are close to completion, will present their projects and outcomes.
  • A written review of one of your peers’ work that forms the basis of a short oral statement in one of the sessions.
  • A literature-based reflection of a topic related to your own PhD project. This reflection will be inspired by the input you receive during the plenary sessions in the ESU Doctoral Program.

The ESU Conference (Wed. 18 September)

In addition to the ESU Doctoral Program the event also features the ESU Conference, which is an academic conference taking place on Wed. 18th September. The ESU conference is open to all attendees of the ESU Doctoral Program and additional international researchers who join us for the conference day to present their research. The theme of this year’s conference is «Technology for a better futures». Submissions the cover this specific theme and all other topics related to entrepreneurship, innovation and technology are welcome. Thus, we invite all entrepreneurship researchers to submit their research to the ESU Conference.

In particular, we invite the following scholars to join us in Linz:

  • PhD students to take part in the ESU Doctoral Program and the ESU Conference.
  • Postdoc Researchers to present their work in one of the sessions of the ESU Conference. Upon invitation, they can also act as junior coaches for PhD students and have dedicated group presentations during the ESU Doctoral Program.
  • Senior Researchers to present a paper in one of the sessions of the ESU Conference. Upon invitation, they can also act as senior coaches for PhD students in group sessions or, in some cases, as a keynote speaker in plenary sessions of the ESU Doctoral Program.

ESU 2024 is supported by the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB). ECSB awards prizes to the best articles in each group of the ESU Doctoral Program.

Important Dates

May 31: Deadline for submission of abstracts

June 15: Selected Scholars receive their invitation letters

July 25: Deadline for submission of full papers

July 18: Deadline for early registration (see registration information in the corresponding section)

See the submission guidelines at


September 16
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Science Park, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
Linz, 4040 Austria
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