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Call for Abstracts and/or Completed Manuscripts
8th Annual Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC 2012) 
Friday, May 4th
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Followed by a Reception 
Location: The Mason Inn at George Mason University
Fairfax Campus, VA 22030

Over the years the Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC) has become a great sounding board for shaping early stage research ideas as well as a friendly venue to receive feedback on fully developed papers in a collegial and inclusive format. Our conference is open to researchers interested in the field of entrepreneurship from any discipline.  Hence researchers from all academic disciplines are invited to participate in this annual event. In the past, researchers from business, public policy, engineering, education, economics, geography, health sciences, sociology, humanities and political sciences have participated in this conference. 

Special Topics: 
The conference planning committee is seeking a wide-range of conference presentations representing an eclectic mix of research from diverse levels of research analysis, multiple research approaches and multiple disciplines (e.g. business management, education, economics, engineering, finance, marketing, fine arts, health services, history of entrepreneurship, organization theory, performing arts, political science, psychology, public policy, and sociology to name a few). While all abstracts/manuscripts relevant to entrepreneurship are welcome, submissions dealing with the following four topics are particularly encouraged:
•	Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
•	Entrepreneurship and Business
•	Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profit Management
•	Entrepreneurship Education and the Society 
•	Entrepreneurship in international context

Keynote Speaker:  Steve Case, Chair of Startup America Partnership and Founder AOL. 

Submission Guidelines: Please send an electronic file of your abstract/manuscript to the following email address: [log in to unmask] The submission deadline for ABSTRACTS is March 31st, 2012 (extended date). 

Registration Fees: 
• Academic community and others: $150.00 ($125.00 if registered before April 20th 2012). 
• Students: $100.00 ($75.00 if registered before April 20th 2012).
• Registration fee includes: Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and closing reception including dinner.

Organizing Committee
-	Mahesh P. Joshi, Chief Organizer, School of Management  
-	Nacef Mouri, Joint Program Coordinator, School of Management 
-	Paul M. Rogers, Joint Program Coordinator, Social Entrepreneurship, CHSS 
-	Roger Stough, Vice President George Mason University, Office of Research and Economic Development

Call for Manuscripts for a Published Volume
Building on the success of 7 previous Mason Entrepreneurship Conferences (MERC), the 2012 MERC conference will invite submissions for a fully refereed volume based on papers presented at the 2012 MERC conference.  This will not be conference proceedings, rather, it will include complete book chapters built around the central conference theme and grouped together in appropriate categories based on the strands of the conference.  The volume will push forward the dialogue on entrepreneurship and make available to a wider audience the leading edge interdisciplinary research on innovation and entrepreneurship in all its forms that have been the hallmark of the MERC conferences since 2004. 
Please visit our website for details:

Mahesh P. Joshi
Associate Professor
Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship
School of Management, George Mason University
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703 993 1761
School of Management

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