Below is a preliminary program overview; we reserve the right to make minor changes.

Pre-conference day (14.8) - requires a separate registration

9:00 - 17:00 Methodology Workshops and Doctoral Colloquium program: 

"Literature Reviews in the Age of Information Overload" - 2 hours

Prerequisites of publishing include the identification of relevant and interesting research questions, the adequate delineation and framing of research problems, and the quality of the research design and execution. The ability to identify and analyse relevant literature underpins each stage of the research process. However, the exponential growth of publications within and outside of business and management studies can be overwhelming. Researchers need effective and efficient tools to identify, analyse, and synthesize relevant literature. This workshop offers an introduction to tools and techniques that can help researchers make sense of large bodies of literature and design search strategies that lead to manageable samples. With the proliferation of literature reviews in academic journals, the expectation of what qualifies as a meaningful literature review is constantly changing. The workshop will walk participants through some guidelines to help them keep up with the changing demands. During the workshop, we will work with different software tools (e.g., EndNote, NVivo, and VosViewer) that can aid the search and analysis process as well as enhance creativity in the initial design process.
The workshop will focus on the following main topics:

  1. Research idea generation and question development. Early theorising and research project building (VosViewer, NVivo and Endnote software)
  2. Consolidation of research streams, identification of opportunities for further research and interesting research avenues.

"Introduction to NVivo" - 2 hours

In this introduction to data analysis with NVivo, Dr Noemi Sinkovics will walk participants through the different functionalities of the software. This hands-on workshop is best suited for beginners who have no or little experience with the software. Topics include: 1) importing and organising data in NVivo, 2) when to use case nodes and how to use them, 3) the coding process, 4) classification sheets. Time permitting, we will also venture into exploring patterns. Participants need to take a laptop with NVivo 14 installed.

"Potential and Practice of Historical Methods for IE Research" - 2 hours

In this workshop, we at first discuss the promise of historical methods for IE research: How and why would the use of archival / historical data bring value to current scholarly understanding of IE? In the middle part of the workshop, we discuss the fundamental principles of historical research. The workshop concludes with “how to do it in practice” examples of studies using microhistory, analytically structured history and historically situated approach in IE-related topics.

"Advancing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Research in International Entrepreneurship Contexts: The Contribution of Ecological Ideas" - 4 hours

In this workshop we wish to explore the questions of a systems level entrepreneurial behaviour. The focus will specifically be on an entrepreneurial ecosystem that is operationally defined by the system-level ‘entrepreneurial change processes that alter inter-relations between communities of people, their institutional contexts, their organisations and their natural environments, that reactively and proactively affect the stability of regional socioeconomic activity’. The context will be framed around the influence on, effects of, and relationship to international entrepreneurship. 

Authors who seek to contribute to the development of research on regional entrepreneurial ecosystems are encouraged to attend. The aims of the workshop are threefold. First, to provide an understanding of the implications of the ecological roots to researchers new to the field. Second, to differentiate the ontological and epistemological opportunities and challenges of an ecological viewpoint that allows novel and distinctive appreciations of entrepreneurship as a socioeconomic and international entrepreneurship phenomenon. And third, it will explore publishing opportunities for research that adheres to ecological assumptions. 

15:30 - LUT Campus tour
18:00 - Informal program for the doctoral colloquium and workshop participants

15.8 – Conference Day 1 

9:00 - 12:15 - Doctoral Colloquium presentations
13:30-15:00 - Opening keynote
15:30 - 17:30 - Industrial Panel with the case companies presentations (Vaisala, Zoy, SpinDrive)
18:30 - 21:00 - Welcome Reception 

16.8 - Conference Day 2

9:00 - 10:30 - Prof. Peter Buckley's Keynote Speech
10:45 - 17:00 - Parallel Sessions and Journals’special issues sessions
18:30 - 22:00 Social Dinner at Saimaa lake cruise

17.8 - Conference Day 3

9:00 - 10:30 Methods in IE - Panel Discussion
Special Session on Introduction to Configurational Analysis (QCA) by Prof. Ursula Ott Nottingham Trent University, the UK 

In this introduction, the aim is to provide an introductory understanding of fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) as a configurational analysis tool. The QCA approach is built upon the set-theoretic comparative technique, primarily Boolean algebra, and has been introduced as a tool for integrating the strengths of qualitative and quantitative methods while overcoming the key concerns inherent in both approaches. The first part concentrates on the set theoretical underpinning to understand the logic behind the case and variable-oriented approaches. The second part concentrates on calibration of qualitative into quantitative data derived from primary research. The outcome will be a truth table and its analysis, Venn Diagram, empirical and configurational analyses. Further studies are necessary to fully understand QCA. 

10:45-17:00 Parallel Sessions and Project Presentations 

Post-conference Day (18.8) (by invitation)

Guest Keynote Speakers


  • Professor Peter Buckley from the Alliance Manchester Business School, the UK, is an honorary Doctor at LUT University. He has published over 250 refereed articles and 28 books plus edited 20 more that have over 49,300 Google citations (h-index 90).  He was awarded the JIBS Platinum Medal for Scholarship as the most frequent contributor during the first 50 years of the journal (2019), and the British Academy of Management Medal for Research, 2021.





David Audretsch
  • Professor David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, the US, where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies.  Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. He is co-author of The Seven Secrets of Germany, published by Oxford University Press and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. Audretsch has consulted with numerous international organizations, including the World Bank, OECD, the European Union and the United Nations. 

Keynote speakers serving as LUT Visiting Professors