Adding the relevance to rigorous business research

This is a Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies Forum Event taking place in Leeds on Wednesday 13 September 2017


In partnership with the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies will be hosting a one day event in Leeds which will examine aspects of the rigour-relevance gap in entrepreneurship and enterprise research. 

The purpose of the event is to bring together academics (especially those in the early stages of their career), policy makers, and professionals from small businesses to discuss the 'gap' between the research we conduct as academics and how this informs and reaches the (small) business community and policy makers. The event is inspired by the current conversation regarding the value of impact within the academic community and my personal experience of working as a mentor to small businesses. 

Event format

09.30 Registration and tea/coffee
10.00 Welcome
10.15 Panel discussion: Perspectives on rigour-relevance of academic research
12.00 Lunch and networking
13.00 Interdisciplinary workshops. Example topics: What is interesting about entrepreneurship research? What is relevant in entrepreneurship research?
14.30 Tea/coffee break and networking
15.00 Summary of best practice guidelines, Q&A and next steps

For further information, please contact Isla Kapasi at