Call for Papers
International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in China: theory, practice and policy

Monday-Tuesday 9-10 July 2012
Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Significance of the Topic

China is already the second largest economy in the world. Entrepreneurship and innovation is increasingly important to the Chinese economy, particularly in times of economic turbulence and slowdown in the world and a new phase in growth of Chinese economy, as signified in the 12th five year plan where innovation is one key target (China Daily, 27 October 2010). But research in this area in China is still in an infancy stage (Phan et al 2010). For example, in a review of the literature from 11 leading English-language journals over 26 years of research, Yang and Li (2008) found only 68 articles that focused on entrepreneurship in China. 


This conference, jointly organized by Lancaster China Management Centre/Lancaser University Management School and China National Research Centre for Industry-University-Research Collaboration/Economics and Management School of Wuhan University, seeks to enhance our understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation in China. Wuhan is an attractive conference site in central China close to the Three Gorges. The conference offers access to research undertaken by those who seek to generate insights to processes of entrepreneurship and innovation in different organizations in China in the new development phase, and how policy and culture can impact entrepreneurship and innovation. 

The conference will have a strong blend of academic, policy maker and practitioner delegates from China, UK and other parts of the world. It will include largely three streams for papers on a range of topics pertaining to entrepreneurship and innovation. 
A.	Practice &
B.	the changing nature of the environment and policy development

We are interested in high quality international papers on relevant topics, including but not limited to:

 Culture, networks and entrepreneurship 
 Opportunity development in entrepreneurial process
 International entrepreneurship
 Science and technology entrepreneurship and innovation
 Clustering, Science parks & Incubation
 Strategic management and innovation in entrepreneurial organizations
 Public policy and entrepreneurship
 the role of higher education in entrepreneurship and innovation 

Instructions to Contributors: 
Electronic submissions are due not later than 31 January 2012. Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the Conference Administration Emma Steel [log in to unmask] or Emma Jaremko [log in to unmask]

Papers should not exceed 30 pages, double spaced pages, including text, references, figures and tables. The first page of the manuscript should begin with the title only.

Author names should not be included in any part of the paper except the title page. The title page should include (1) The Title; (2) Author(s) Name(s); (3) Organizational Affiliation(s); (4) Address(es); and (5) Telephone numbers.

Please follow the author guidelines for preparation of manuscripts as the link below 

Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed out by 31 March 2012. To ensure quality, it is  likely that a maximum of 40 papers will be accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in China: theory, practice and policy on 9-10 July 2012, at Wuhan University, China. Prospects for publication opportunities in both journal and book arising from the conference are under consideration. 

31 January 2012 closing date for papers to be submitted by email to the Conference 
31 March 2012 paper acceptance notified to authors
9-10 July 2012 invited paper presentation at Wuhan University, China

We are currently preparing content for the conference. The web site will be up and running before the end of October 2011 with full information. 

Further details and discussion of potential submissions are welcome:

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Best wishes


Dr Qihai Huang
Senior Lecturer
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Lancaster University Management School
Tel: +44 (0)1524 594860
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