Accordingly, the Division has launched “The Entrepreneurship Research Excellence Initiative; and one of the elements is the Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference. After all was said and done, the conference produced an exceptionally diverse and helpful dialogue for all AOM scholars who wish to publish top-tier research. The Academy Board of Governors recognized this Entrepreneurship Division Research Excellence Initiative as and Academy-wide best practice at the Annual Meeting in Chicago.
The Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference was held May 28-30, 2009, and is a “new-format” invited best practices conference at the University of Connecticut for advancing top-tier research in entrepreneurship. Presently there are three more such conferences scheduled: May 2010 at UConn; May 2011 at Ohio State; and May 2012 at U. Virginia.
The Conference Format featured: two types of sessions:
1. Journal Editors and Authors Panels
Each of these sessions was designed around a panel of editors from top-tier general management and specialty entrepreneurship journals who introduced one or two recently published/accepted papers and their authors, and engaged in a facilitated discussion related to how this research progressed from initial manuscript (inception) to ultimate publication, with additional emphasis on how to conceptualize and produce manuscripts that meet the quality and focus requirements of their particular journal. Each Journal Editors and Authors Panel session also had Q&A opportunities from both on-site conference participants and those participating through the internet from around the world.
2. Keynote Addresses
Each of these sessions was designed around keynote addresses from exemplar Research Scholars who will provide insights into the best practices that have served them well across an entire career of producing top tier research. In addition, the keynotes discussed both driving and emerging themes in entrepreneurship research that are relevant to the many fields that study social phenomena where entrepreneurship plays a role. Each keynote session also had Q&A opportunities from both on-site conference participants and those participating through the internet from around the world.
It was the intent that both the Editors/Authors Panels and Keynote Addresses will serve as a new set of transparent milestones for encouraging and accelerating the successful publishing of top-tier Entrepreneurship research from multi-disciplinary, highly committed scholars.
All sessions were recorded for future podcasting, and are now available to all researchers on both the AOM’s Entrepreneurship Division and University of Connecticut’s CCEI websites. They can be accessed at:
The Journal/Editor Participants were the following:
• Academy of Management Journal
• Academy of Management Review
• Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice
• Journal of Applied Psychology
• Journal of Business Venturing
• Journal of Management
• Journal of Management Studies
• Organization Science
• Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
• Strategic Management Journal
The Keynote Addresses were given by:
Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina
Jay Barney, The Ohio State University
Michael Hitt, Texas A&M University
Duane Ireland, Texas A&M University
Patricia P. McDougall, Indiana University
S. “Venkat” Venkataraman, University of Virginia
As these conferences progress more journals and more keynoters will be added to this Research Excellence e-library.