Author: Francisco Liñán


3 Paper Development Seminar

Seville, 2020

April 20th-21st, 2020. Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Call for papers / proposals

«A process Perspective in Entrepreneurship Research»

This 3rd edition of the Paper Development Seminar (3PDS) aims at helping the participants to develop their research results into manuscripts that may be published in top-level academic journals. To achieve this objective, the seminar will include the participation of renowned scholars specialized in entrepreneurship, who will present some of their most recent research on the analysis of the entrepreneurial process, as well as reviewing and commenting on the papers/proposals sent by the participants.

Papers / proposals applying a process perspective to entrepreneurship are welcome. The term “entrepreneurial process” describes a variety of stages ranging from the consideration of a possible start-up to the consolidation of the firm. Several models have identified a series of phases that end up with the creation/growth of a new venture (DeTienne, 2010). Reynolds and White (1997) consider the entrepreneurial process as consisting of four distinct phases — conception (potential entrepreneurs), gestation (nascent entrepreneurs), infancy (fledging new firms), and adolescence (established new firms). Korunka et al. (2003), in turn, refer to the entrepreneurial process as one that begins with the nascent entrepreneur and ends with the creation of the new venture. Entrepreneurship is as very complex process (Gartner et al., 2004). Taking the process view, entrepreneurship presents dynamic behaviours experimented under certain environmental conditions where opportunities and business ideas come from (Jack and Anderson, 2002). We are open to any contributions to analysing the entrepreneurial process, may they be conceptual or empirical and, in this latter case, using quantitative (ideally longitudinal but also cross-sectional) and/or qualitative methods.

Submissions will go through peer review and those deemed to have the highest potential (on the opinion of the organizing committee) will be invited to participate. Selected participants will be offered the opportunity to submit a full paper (if they did not do so initially). Nevertheless, extended abstracts may also be presented at the seminar. The objective is to develop a productive and intimate work environment. For this reason, we will limit the number of proposals/papers to be presented, to a maximum of 20.

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We are especially grateful to the European Council for Small Business (ECSB) for the support provided to this 3 Paper Development Seminar.

The following units from the University of Seville also collaborate in organizing this seminar:

  • IUSEN: “Tomas de Mercado” Institute for Research in Economics and Business.
  • PYMED Research Group (“SMEs and Economic Development”)
  • ELITE project: “Longitudinal study on the process of emergence of high-impact entrepreneurs” (Spanish National Research Plan. Ref.: ECO2016-75655-P).

Invited speakers

We are honoured to have the participation of the following academics (in alphabetical order).

  Alistair Anderson is a Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Lancaster University Management School. He is Invited Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences · Rural Enterprise Group (Uppsala, Sweden). He has also been professor of entrepreneurship at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Business School (Aberdeen, UK). Prof. Anderson is the Editor in Chief of the journal Entrepreneurship & Regional Development.
  Robert Blackburn is the Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences; and Director of the Small Business Research Centre, at Kingston University. He is visiting professor at Turku School of Economics, Finland. Appointed Chair of the sub-panel Unit of Assessment 17 (Business and Management) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). Prof. Blackburn is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship.
  Ulla Hytti is currently the Research Director of the Entrepreneurship Unit, School of Economics, University of Turku (Finland) and a visiting professor at the Nord University in Norway. She is a Board Member in the European Council for Small Business (ECSB), and Associate Editor in the Journal of Small Business Management.
  Ute Stephan is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the King’s Business School, King’s College London; and Honorary Professor at Aston University. She is Visiting Senior Researcher at the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation (MSI), KU Leuven, and the editor in chief of Applied Psychology: an international journal. She is also editor in the journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  Johan Wiklund is Chair and Al Berg Professor at the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, as well as second professor at Nord University, Norway and Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden. He is the Editor in Chief of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

The venue

The Seminar will take place at the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences, University of Seville (Av. Ramon y Cajal, 1. 41018-Sevilla, Spain). Click for a map:

Seville is a well-known tourist destination full of interesting places to visit and activities to carry out. Spring is high season in Seville. For this reason, we strongly recommend participants to stay some additional days in Seville and enjoy all it has to offer.


Submission instructions

The deadline for the submission of papers / proposals is November 30th, 2019. There is no specific format or template to follow. However, in the case of proposals, a minimum of 1500 words is required, including aims, theoretical framework, methodology and findings (if applicable), implications and contribution. Submissions will be made by email to

The proposals will be evaluated by the organizing committee with the help of external reviewers, if needed. On December 31st, 2019, decision letters will be sent to submitting authors. Authors of accepted papers attending the seminar will have to register by January 31st, 2020. More information on the registration process will be available later this year. The registration fee will be kept as low as possible.

Authors of the accepted papers / proposals are encouraged to submit a more developed version by March 15th, 2020, although this is not required. The specific form of presentation in the seminar will depend on the paper format. Full papers will be presented orally by the authors in the allocated time, followed by some time for Q&A. Extended abstracts will be presented in an interactive poster session where the authors will discuss their research with interested participants.

All submissions will be presented to the audience and the invited speakers. The authors will receive general comments, specific clarifications and suggestions from the academics that make up the panel of experts in entrepreneurship. Based on this highly qualified feedback, the authors will be able to improve their manuscripts and thus increase their chances of getting published in top academic journals in the field of entrepreneurship.


Thanks to the generous support of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), the registration fee can be kept to the moderate rate of 125€ per participant.
Information on how to register and pay will be provided to the authors of accepted papers/proposals at the end of December 2019.


Seminar Programme

Monday April 20th, 2020

8.30-  9.00 Registration and accreditation

9.00-  9.30 Opening session

9.30-10.30 Plenary session

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-12.00 Participants’ presentations

12.00-13.00 Plenary session

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Participants’ presentations

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.00 Round table: meet the editors

20.00 Dinner at a local restaurant

Tuesday April 21st, 2020

9.00-10.00 Plenary session

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break

10.30-12.00 Participants’ presentations

12.00-13.00 Plenary session

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Participants’ presentations

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.00 Round table: meet the editors

17.00-17.30 Closing up and Best Paper Award

Organizing Committee

Francisco Liñán (Chair), Universidad de Sevilla & Anglia Ruskin University

José Fernández-Serrano, Universidad de Sevilla

Inmaculada Jaén, Universidad de Sevilla

Pedro Baena-Luna, Universidad de Sevilla & Pablo Olavide University

For any questions regarding the seminar organization, please contact:


DeTienne, D. R. (2010). Entrepreneurial exit as a critical component of the entrepreneurial process: Theoretical development. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(2), 203-215.

Gartner, W. B., Gartner, W. C., Shaver, K. G., Carter, N. M., & Reynolds, P. D. (Eds.). (2004). Handbook of entrepreneurial dynamics: The process of business creation. Sage

Jack, S. L., & Anderson, A. R. (2002). The effects of embeddedness on the entrepreneurial process. Journal of business Venturing, 17(5), 467-487

Korunka, C., Frank, H., Lueger, M., Mugler, J., (2003). The entrepreneurial personality in the context of resources, environment, and the start-up process — a configurational approach. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 28(1), 23–42.

Reynolds, P.D., & White, S.B., (1997). The Entrepreneurial Process: Economic Growth, Men, Women, and Minorities. Quorum Books, Westport, CT