VIRTUAL Event DIANA 2021
Female Entrepreneurship and Family Firms
- Virtual event
- 21-22th May 2021
The Diana Project
The Diana Project™ engages in research activities, forums and scholarship focusing on women entrepreneurs and their growth.
Given the vital importance of women entrepreneurs for wealth creation, innovation and economic advancement throughout the world, the Diana International Research Conference provides a platform for researchers to develop, conduct and share a global research agenda. Brand new to the agenda in 2019, Babson College's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership is launching Impact Day, a global convening of the vital stakeholders who are dedicated to changing the landscape of financing women entrepreneurs.
Companies with women CEOs receiving less than 3% of VC funding is a statistic that has not changed enough in the past decade. Luckily, inroads are being made to advance women founders in more creative ways. 80 scholars from around the world will attend the first two days of the Diana International Research Conference, dedicated to the presentation of academic research related to women’s entrepreneurship. On day three, Impact Day, an additional 100 action-oriented stakeholders are expected to join, making this convening the first of its kind. The ability to identify areas of synergy and progress, while documenting key gaps in the funding and acceleration of women founders, is vital if we are to continue making progress.
DIANA International Research Conference 2021
The 2021 Diana International Research Conference will take place May 21-22 and will be located at IPAG Business School, in Nice, FRANCE. We invite participants to consider submitting manuscripts that relate to this year’s theme: the role women entrepreneurs are taking within family firms, on many diverse levels. More specifically we are interested in exploring if belonging to a family-owned firm fosters or hinders female entrepreneurship differently in comparison to women who do not have a family business background. We are also interested in exploring how the different roles that women have in their families (daughters, mothers, sisters, spouses, grandmothers) differently affects their commitment towards entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurship. Finally, we seeks to explore the role of women in entrepreneurial teams (familial, mixed and non-family teams).
Friederike Welter is head of Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn, a po-licy-oriented independent research institute on small business and entrepre-neurship issues (www.ifm-bonn.org). She also holds the professorshipfor SME management and entrepreneurship at University of Siegen, Germany.
Friederike Welter has broad experiences in applied and policy-related research on entrepreneurship and small business, much of it in an international context. Her main research interests are related to small business development and entrepreneurial behaviour in different contexts, women´s entrepreneurship and generally SME and entrepreneurship policies.
For her work on small business and entrepreneurship, she has been honoured as ECSB Fellow (2011), as Wilford L. White Fellow of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB, 2014) and she received the Greif Research Impact Award (2017).
Susan Marlow is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Birmingham. She is a holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, Editor of the International Small Business Journal and Fellow of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Her research interests lie in the broad area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour with a particular focus on the influence of gender upon women’s entrepreneurship, high technology business incubation and employment relations.
Ute Stephan is full Professor of Entrepreneurship at King’s Business School at King’s College London, Transcampus Professor at Technische Universität Dresden (Psychology), Honorary Professor at UCL’s Department of Psychology and at Aston Business School, UK, and a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).
Her expertise lies in the psychology of entrepreneurship. Her research interests include the diverse motivations of entrepreneurs, well-being, and social entrepreneurship. She also investigates differences in entrepreneurship across contexts and the role of culture and institutions. Her research has received numerous international awards, has been featured in the media (e.g., Financial Times, BBC, The Guardian, WIRED, Bloomberg, Forbes, AlJazeera), attracted over GBP 3 million in funding, and is published in leading academic journals. Ute serves on the Board of Directors of the GLOBE foundation and the IAAP.
Currently, she is an Editor at Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies. From 2014 – 2019 she was Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review.
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Kimberly A. Eddleston
Kimberly A. Eddleston is the Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. She is also an Academic Scholar at Cornell University’s Smith Family Business Initiative. Professor Eddleston’s research focuses on the interface of work and family, with a particular focus on women’s entrepreneurship and family businesses. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Venturing, Senior Editor for the Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange (eix.org), and Founding Editor of FamilyBusiness.org. Professor Eddleston has won multiple awards for her research and has published more than 60 articles in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of International Business Studies. In addition, she has had various levels of involvement with several of her family’s businesses, which are in the real estate, construction, business services and hospitality industries.