All eyes on entrepreneurship – ESCP is hosting the 7th Effectuation Conference and RENT XXXIII

From November 24th-29th 2019, the Jean-Baptiste Say Institute of ESCP Business School is hosting two entrepreneurship conferences: the 7th Effectuation Conference and RENT XXXIII. More than 300 researchers are coming to Berlin to present and debate their research on entrepreneurial cognition, entrepreneurship, and small and medium sized-enterprises (SMEs). This year’s focus lies on ‘embracing uncertainty’.

Celebrating 10 years of Effectuation Conferences

The 7th Effectuation Conference takes place from November 24th to November 26th on the campus of ESCP in Berlin. In its first year, the conference was held in a decommissioned church at Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Belgium. This year, it is organized as pre-conference to RENT XXXIII. As keynote speakers, the Effectuation Conference is excited to welcome Saras Sarasvathy, Shabnam Mousavi, and Stuart Read.

Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy‘s research focuses on strategy, entrepreneurship and ethics. Her scholarly work has won several awards, including the Foundational Paper Award from the Academy of Management in 2017. Shabnam Mousavi is an interdisciplinary scientist exploring human choice behavior. She has been a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin since 2007. Professor Stuart Read has participated in the creation of six high technology startups. His research is focused on effectuation, which has, among others, won him the Academy of Management Best Paper Award in 2008.

Embracing uncertainty: entrepreneurship as a key capability for the 21st century

RENT XXXIII, the Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, takes place in Berlin-Dahlem on November 28th and 29th, with a pre-conference day on ESCP Europe’s Berlin campus on November 27th. In 1987, the first RENT workshop was hosted by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) in Brussels. It is moreover co-organized by the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB).

The RENT conferences have then been held all over Europe have dealt with topics such as SMEs in Developing and Transition Countries, Problems of Financing in SMEs, and Women in entrepreneurship. This year’s focus lies on uncertainty. Like the Effectuation conference, RENT is joined by Saras Sarasvathy. As second keynote speaker, Gerd Gigerenzer is welcomed. He is psychologist and the director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin. Just in 2019, he was awarded the Allais Memorial Prize for Behavioral Sciences.