Past events:

Contextualising entrepreneurship capital for graduate start-ups: The interplay between university, region and general economic conditions

Hosted by the Scale-up, Regional Growth and Entrepreneurship (SURGE) Research Group

4 December 2019, 15:00, Room C.2B39

Dr Fumi Kitigawa, University of Edinburgh (with Chiara Marzocchi and Mabel Sanchez-Barrioluengo, University of Manchester)

Adopting Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship in the study of graduate start-ups, this paper conceptually advances the notion of entrepreneurship capital by identifying the interplay between two levels of context (i.e. university entrepreneurial architecture and regional entrepreneurship capital endowment), while also addressing the influence of the general socio-economic environment on graduates’ entrepreneurship processes. By using panel data representing the population of English universities over six consecutive academic years (2010/2011-2015/2016), we examine contextual conditions at the university and regional levels, combined with the effect of labour market constraints affecting graduates’ start-up. Our findings show that context-specific factors matter for graduate entrepreneurship. In particular, regional entrepreneurship capital endowment influences venture creation and graduate start-ups’ chances to receive external funding support, while university entrepreneurial architecture mainly affects the number of new business creation. However, under weak labour market conditions with high unemployment, universities can exert a positive effect and stimulate graduate entrepreneurship activity.   

About Fumi:
Fumi’s research has centred on how public science generates impact on economy and society; in particular, the role of higher education institutions in the regional development and innovation processes. She will be joining us to discuss her latest work on graduate start-ups.

Moral Economy and Sustainable Business: Re-integrating People, Planet and Profit

Hosted by the Scale-up, Regional Growth and Entrepreneurship (SURGE) Research Group

30 October 2019, 15:00, Room C.2B42

Prof George Burt and Prof Sharon Bolton, University of Stirling

In this paper we aim to capture a holistic, rather than dichotomous, notion of sustainability; which includes long-term financial success of the business along with positive contributions to the environment, community and people that create value for all involved (Robinson, 2004).  Such an approach requires conceptualising the relationship between business and sustainability differently, with a move away from the dominant view of business only drivers (Wheeler and Elkington, 2001) to one that recognises the role of key actors and their moral authority. As a useful conceptual lens, we utilise moral economy to highlight the embeddedness of businesses in society and to show how institutional and normative dimensions and relationships offer a moral universe that guide the motivations and actions of the people who make or influence business decisions (Sayer, 2007). Within this framework, we contend that successful sustainability initiatives are less about individual quantitative measures and more about human behaviours in the context of different institutional logics and power structures. We draw our insights from rich qualitative data drawn from interviews with key decision makers in small, medium and large businesses operating in Scotland.  

Theme by the University of Stirling

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