The 5th CEnSE Urban and Regional Economics Workshop will be held October 7-8, 2021, on the topic of: Recent Advances in Entrepreneurship. Submit your abstract to by June 20, 2021.

The long-term growth, development, and renewal of any market economy is dependent on its ability to create the right conditions for the birth of firms as well as for the growth of incumbent firms. New firms through start-ups, spin-offs, etc. contributes to employment- and productivity growth and generates conditions that are favorable for individuals and firms. In the empirical literature, there is a strong consensus that business creation and economic growth go hand in hand, at both national and regional level. The impact of new firm formation on economic growth is however not instantaneous, and the relationships work through several underlying mechanisms. The field of entrepreneurship is an extensively studied research area that has been analyzed from various perspectives and across several disciplines. Nevertheless, there are still many aspects of entrepreneurship that warrant further research and where there is great potential to gain new insights and knowledge. This is of relevance and interest from both an academic and a societal perspective.

To the 5th CEnSE workshop, we invite researchers to submit papers that investigate novel aspects of entrepreneurship, or traditional aspects in novel ways. We aim to bring together researchers who work on these issues to discuss papers and exchange ideas. We welcome submissions related (but not limited) to the following topics:

  • Intergenerational entrepreneurship.
  • Determinants of entrepreneurship.
  • Effects of entrepreneurship on labor market outcomes, income, knowledge creation and learning.
  • Formal and informal institutions and entrepreneurship.
  • Network and non-market interactions influencing entrepreneurship.
  • Health and well-being aspects of entrepreneurship.
  • The dark side of entrepreneurship.
  • Neighborhood and/or multilevel analysis of entrepreneurship.
  • Urban-rural differences.
  • Cross-country analyses.

You are welcome to suggest additional topics that you think would be suitable for this workshop. We welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions.

WHEN? The workshop will take place October 7-8, 2021.

VENUE? The conference, dinner, and accommodation will take place at Hällsnäs Hotel and Conference (, which is located in a scenic rural setting conveniently close to Landvetter Airport, Gothenburg. Landvetter is Sweden’s second-largest airport with easy access to many international connections (

COST? The workshop attendance is free of charge, and accommodation and meals will be covered by the organizers. Travel costs, however, will have to be covered by the participants.

HOW? The workshop is organized by the research centre CEnSE (Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics) at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Sweden. The workshop will have three keynote speakers and individual paper sessions. All papers will be assigned a discussant and all presenters/participants are expected to serve as discussants. We aim to encourage constructive discussions in an interactive setting and there will be no parallel sessions. Therefore, the size of the workshop will be limited. The organizers of the workshop aim to arrange an outlet in the form of a special issue in an international journal.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER IOlav Sorenson is the Joseph Jacobs Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies, Professor of Strategy, and Faculty Research Director of the Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. His primary stream of research pertains to economic geography, focusing on how entrepreneurship influences the growth and competitiveness of regions within countries and on why some regions appear more supportive to entrepreneurs than others. In 2018, he received the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER IIKarl Wennberg is a Professor in organization and entrepreneurship at Linköping University, Sweden. He is conducting interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Entrepreneurship, Organisational Sociology and Regional Science and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, books and reports. He is on the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing and Journal of Business Venturing Insights and senior editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER IIIPontus Braunerhjelm is a Professor in Economics at the Royal Institute of Technology and at the Blekinge Institute of Technology. He is also engaged at the research institute Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum as a research director. His research focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and SMEs and their contribution to industrial dynamics and economic growth. Pontus has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and is an active and sought-after member in the public debate.

ABOUT CEnSE: CEnSE is a multi-disciplinary institute that performs applied research relating to issues of entrepreneurship and business renewal, regional development and growth, and the interrelation between urban and rural areas. A substantial part of CEnSE´s research addresses policy-relevant problems, for example how accessibility affects regional growth and the way entrepreneurial and innovative processes in business and society are dependent on knowledge and creativity. The project portfolio of CEnSE contains both research of general applicability and projects that are directed towards specific stakeholders. Visit for more information about CEnSE.

You are encouraged to distribute this call to other interested researchers.


Mikaela Backman,, co-director of CEnSE

Johan Klaesson,, director of CEnSE

Sofia Wixe,, co-director of CEnSE

Deadlines and information:

Abstract submission deadline: June 20, 2021.

Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2021.

(Draft) Paper submission deadline: October 1, 2021.

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