Special Interest Groups

SIG 1: Technological Innovations to Ensure Confidence in the Digital World  

SIG Chair: Prof. Jean-Michel SAHUT, IDRAC Business School, France

Technologies and applications such as cloud computing, blockchain, cryptocurrency, the Internet of things, distributed ledger technology, massive data processing or artificial intelligence are already a reality in organizations. Their strategic use can define new ways of doing things in business and create social change.

This SIG deals with how these technologies can improve the confidence in the digital word, and, at the same time, which are the new problems and challenges in terms of security and trust that organizations are facing.

A special issue in Technological Forecasting and Social Change will be published after the conference:


Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: jmsahut at gmail.com


SIG 2: Researching International Entrepreneurship and Change Management: Research Revised 

SIG Chair: Prof. Marta Peris-Ortiz, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain and Dr. Joao Ferreira, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Entrepreneurial and successful organizations respond intelligently to aspects that provoke change and as Magala (2005) argues, cross-cultural management is a crucial challenge for any organization, and yet it is quite often neglected, weakened, and trivialized.

Organizational change is a complex phenomenon and has always been, but one that is becoming increasingly important as recombining of human individuals and other organizational resources begins to enter a daily schedule of managerial activities (Magala and Liñán, 2015).

In the internationalization process, the environment is global and competitive, increasingly complex and technologically uncertain; hence, the need for dynamism and proactiveness, and one way to achieve this is through international strategic alliances. The literature has evidenced that international entrepreneurship lacks a dynamic theoretical framework (Schwens et al., 2018) due to the occurrence of inconsistent views of the entrepreneurial component of internationalization and knowledge gaps related to the discrepancy of international entrepreneurship and change management theories.

This special session invites conceptual and/or empirical papers, which present cutting-edge research on international entrepreneurship and change management across a broad spectrum of organizations. Papers that examine trends and initiatives employ original methodologies and offer interesting empirical insights and theoretical contributions to this issue are very welcome.

A special issue in Journal of Organizational Change Management will be published after the conference.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: mperis@doe.upv.es or jjmf@ubi.pt


SIG 3: Digital Innovation and Tourism  (French or English)

SIG Chair: Prof. Emmanuel FRAGNIERE, Tourism Institute, HES-SO Valais-Wallis, Switzerland

Tourism is certainly one of the economic sectors that has been the most exposed to digitization over the last decade. Let us just mention companies like Easyjet, Ryanair, AirBnB and Uber that have contributed to a new form of tourism called e-tourism. Electronic tourism means that all touchpoints of the Customer Journey (CJ) are handled through global digitized platforms.  The change has been so sudden and disruptive that “traditional” tourism is struggling to adapt to this new tourism paradigm. The aim of this track is to discuss about this rapid evolution of e-tourism to understand it and to anticipate new trends and innovation potentials. We are interested in any kinds of approaches (theoretical, empirical as well as practitioner-oriented) to improve the general knowledge in digital innovation for tourism

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: emmanuel.fragniere at hevs.ch


SIG 4: Financing Growth and Technological Change through Venture Capital and Private Equity

SIG Chair: Dr. Benjamin HAMMER, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Business , Germany

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often face financing constraints that impede growth and technological change. Especially key enabling technologies that stand at the forefront of next-generation innovations are difficult to finance because investors suffer from information asymmetries and risk aversion. This creates a considerable funding gap for solutions and applications that have the potential to transform industrial landscapes and daily lives. Sophisticated investors such as Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) funds could play an important role in resolving these financing constraints. As they draw on record amounts of liquidity and face increasing competition for deals, many PE funds expand their investment scope towards SMEs and are willing to finance riskier deals in sectors such as technology, software, biotechnology, nanotechnology or photonics.

The aim of this special interest group is to better understand e.g. (1) financing constraints of SMEs, (2) growth, job creation and innovation in startups and SMEs, and (3) the role of funding through business angels, venture capital, and private equity.

A special issue in International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business will be published after the conference.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: benjamin.hammer at hhl.de


SIG 5: Crowdfunding/Fintech

SIG Chair: Prof. Armin SCHWIENBACHER, SKEMA Business School

The financial industry has witnessed significant chances the last years in terms of innovations and entrepreneurial initiatives, as a result of the new opportunities to use digital-enabled technologies such as blockchain, AI and big data, to its sector. The first wave was made by the emergence of crowdfunding platforms, which enables entrepreneurs and artists to fund their projects directly from the crowd. More recently, fintech startups use digital technologies to expand the area of competition with established financial institutions, potentially leading to disruptions in some of these activities. Other fintechs increasingly collaborate rather than compete with incumbents. These new trends raise many questions as to how the financial industry will operate in a few years. The objective of this SIG is to contribute to this discussion.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: armin.schwienbacher at skema.edu  


SIG 6: Family Firms, Entrepreneurship and Digital transformation (French or English)

SIG Chair: Prof. Gérard HIRIGOYEN, Professor Emerita, University of Bordeaux, France

The sustainability of the family business lies on its ability to transform and innovate through time and environment evolutions. Taking into account that the digital innovation is crucial for the family business specialy in terms of opportunities and threats created, this innovation can also deeply change their business model. Despite this fact, many elements specific to these companies would plead for an easy integration of the digital challenge.
Thus, several questions are raised, among which we can select the following issues; Is the digital innovation have an impact on the family governance model? Is the time conception of the family business compatible with the digital innovation imperatives ? What's the impact of digital innovation on family business performance? How the family firm manager is facing the digital innovation? How to drive the change induced by digital innovation within family gouvernance; Older versus younger generation? And finally, how about changes in the family network culture within a digital innovation process?

A special issue on Family Firms will be published in Gestion 2000 after the conference.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: gerard.hirigoyen at u-bordeaux.fr


SIG 7: Entrepreneurship and Financing  (French or English)

SIG Chair: Dr. Eric Braune, INSEEC Business School, France

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), startups, and entrepreneurs are the backbone of most economies and the drivers of employment and economic development. However, these firms often suffer from financing constraints that limit their growth and threaten their survival. Nowadays, there are more and varied providers of capital than ever for innovative companies. This SIG will discuss the different sources of financing for SMEs, startups, and entrepreneurs, and their impacts.

A special issue will be published in  International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business after the conference.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: ebraune at  inseec.com 


SIG 8 : Identify, estimate, and seek consistency between the key drivers of Business Model Innovation success

SIG Chair: Prof. Christophe ESTAY, EM Normandie, Laboratoire Métis, Le Havre / Lirsa, Cnam, Hesam Université, Paris, France

Business model innovation is about finding new ways to organize a business (Casadesus-Masanell & Zhu, 2013). BMI has been pursued in a variety of forms that range from completely new BMs at the inception of a firm (e.g. Airbnb, IKEA, Uber) to innovations in a small number or even a single BM-element of an established company; e.g. the Taco Bell kitchen-less concept (Santos et al., 2009).

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: estay.christophe at  gmail.com 


SIG 9: Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Digital Innovation

SIG Chair: Prof. Jose Álvarez García, University of Extremadura / Dr. María de la Cruz del Río Rama, University of Vigo

This SIG aimed at understanding the influence of the Entrepreneurship Initiatives on creativity and Digital Innovation. The different dimensions of entrepreneurship (Strategies, Technology, Resources, Management Support and Culture) influence the creativity and digital innovation of business.

 Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: pepealvarez@unex.es


SIG 10: Ethical issues of Digitalization

SIG Chair: Prof. Sofía Estellés Miguel, Dr. Carlos Rueda Armengot, UPV / Dr. María de la Cruz del Río Rama, University of Vigo

This SIG aimed to discuss the ethical issues that appear due to digitalization such as robotics, Internet, digital platforms and so on…

 Contact the chairwoman to submit your paper to this SIG: soesmi @ omp.upv.es


SIG 11: Technology and Sustainability in the Framework of Corporate Social Responsibility 

SIG Chair: Prof. Marta Peris-Ortiz, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain and Prof. Antonio Luis leal-Rodriguez, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

A special issue in Sustainability  will be published after the conference.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: mperis@doe.upv.es


SIG 12: Workshop on Nascent entrepreneur: from intention(s) to action

Deadline: October 15

SIG Chair: Prof. Jean-Michel SAHUT, IDRAC Business School, France

The purpose of this special issue is to explore the gap between intention and action among students. The idea is to understand the students’ propensity to undertake and the singularity of these behaviors. We would like, in particular, to shed some light on the models of cognitive psychology that would explain their enactment. The field of investigation of this file thus covers the study of student entrepreneurship in all its dimensions, but also the psychological and cognitive determinants of the latter.

A special issue in "La Revue de l'Entrepreneuriat" (Fnege, cat.2) will be published after the conference.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: jmsahut at gmail.com



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