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Call for papers: The 6th Asian SME Conference  Tokyo, Japan, September 10-13, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to invite you to participate in the Asia Council for Small Business (ACSB) 2018 Conference (the 6th Asian SME Conference) , which will be held in Tokyo, Japan on September 10-13, 2018.
The main theme of the 2018 conference is "New Development of Small Business Policy and Management: Towards an Evidence-Based Policy Making for SMEs."

We gladly announce internationally recognized keynote speakers who confirmed their participation:

Massimo Colombo
(Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Mark Freel
(University of Ottawa, Canada)

Erik Stam
(Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Dirk Czarnitzki
(KU Leuven, Belgium)

Scientific committee members include:
Alex Coad (Centrum Catolica, Peru), Luca Grilli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Jolanda Hessels (Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL), Masatoshi Kato (Kwansei Gakuin University, JP), Norifumi Kawai (University of Sussex, UK), Yong Jin Kim (Sogan University, Rep. of Korea), Fumi Kitagawa (University of Edinburgh, UK), Georg Licht (ZEW Mannheim, Germany), Haifeng Qian (University of Iowa, US), Noriyuki Takahashi (Musashi University, JP), Jinichiro Yamada (Osaka City University, JP), and Haibo Zhou (University of Nottingham Ningbo, China).

Call for Papers:
The Asia Council for Small Business (ACSB) 2018 Conference (the 6th Asian SME Conference) calls for submissions of extended abstracts from a broad range of topics within the field of entrepreneurship and small business (SME) research in various institutional, organizational and governance contexts through a variety of theoretical lens and using different methodological approaches. Both quantitative and qualitative studies as well as theoretical / conceptual studies are welcome. Possible sub-topics may include, but are not limited to:

    Start-up, New Business
    Policy for Entrepreneurship and SMEs
    Business Models, Strategies, and Performance
    R&D, Innovation, and Technology and Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship
    Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
    Entrepreneurial Finance for New and Growing Businesses
    SMEs and Regional Development
    Family Business, Succession and Business Transfer
    Business and Transaction Networks
    Entrepreneurship Education
    Human Capital, Social Capital and Relational Networks
    Gender and Female Entrepreneurship
    Humane Entrepreneurship
    Social Entrepreneurship

Extended abstract submission for presentation:

    - Extended abstract should provide the principal topic, literature review, methodology, findings, and implications for theory, policy, and/or practice. It should be no more than 4 pages (A4) - excluding exhibits and references.
    - Submissions must be typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins using 12-point Times New Roman font and must be in a single PDF or Microsoft Word file. Submission of PDF files is preferred.
    - Submissions will be blind reviewed. Authors must avoid revealing their identities in the body of the paper.
    - Submission deadline for extended abstracts is March 31 [extended], 2018.
    - The scientific committee for the conference will evaluate the submissions.
    - Notification of the outcome of the selection process will be made by May 1, 2018.

Call for Workshop proposals (Session submissions):

The 6th Asian SME Conference also calls for workshop proposals (session submissions) for academic tracks. The organizer of a workshop should submit a workshop proposal as an extended abstract with the same conditions as the usual individual submission above, which will be evaluated and selected by the Scientific Committee. The proposal should provide details on the purpose, the relevance to the conference, the contents and structure, and the schedule of the workshop. The submission deadline is March 31, 2018.

If you have any inquiries regarding paper submission, please contact the Paper Submission Office.
ACSB 2018 Paper Submission Office

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Looking forward to meeting you in Tokyo.

On behalf of local organizing committee,

Masatoshi Kato
Local committee member & Scientific committee member (Chair)
Associate Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University
Associate Editor, Journal of Small Business Management
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