Entrepreneurship Conference Brings Together Leading Scholars at Top Universities

The Whitman School of Management hosted the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Network (GLEN) conference May 18 – 20. This was the fourth edition of the conference, with Western University’s Ivey Business School originally founding the event in 2011. The GLEN Conference was subsequently held at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business (2013) and Indiana University’s Kelley School (2015). This year, attendees hailed from Indiana University (Kelley School of Business), the University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management), York University (Schulich School of Business), Western University (Ivey Business School) and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The event began with an evening networking reception, followed by a day and a half of panels and research presentations by leading researchers and Ph.D. students.

“The event offers doctoral students the chance to get developmentally friendly feedback on their research from top scholars,” said Alexander McKelvie, associate professor and chair of the entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises department at the Whitman School. “The conference also strengthens the bond between the different universities that make up the GLEN.”

Attendees are leaders in the field of entrepreneurship. For example, there were editors and field editors from the top journals.

“The GLEN conference is a unique opportunity to get together with entrepreneurship scholars from many of the world’s best business schools and share feedback on early work to develop the research of doctoral students who will be the next generation of entrepreneurship researchers,” said Jeff McMullen, Dale M. Coleman Chair of Management and professor of entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business and editor at the Journal of Business Venturing. “The conference is small enough to build close friendships, but big enough to invite new scholars into the fold, both sustaining and extending the field.”

Professor McMullen added that the conference is a rare opportunity for doctoral students to compare notes about their programs and receive excellent tips about how to build a successful career from someone other than their advisor.

“GLEN plays a valuable role helping to develop the entrepreneurship scholars of tomorrow, by connecting faculty and doctoral students from several of the world’s leading entrepreneurship groups,” said GLEN Founder Simon Parker, professor of entrepreneurship at the Ivey Business School and field editor of the Journal of Business Venturing. “This year’s conference continued the tradition of these meetings in fine style, with excellent developmental feedback and discussions of cutting-edge research, much of it co-authored between doctoral students and their professors.”

Some of the Ph.D. research presented included a look at how growing firms impact employee well-being, managing strategic communication during cyberattacks and entrepreneurship and ADHD. Panel discussions examined how to be successful in the first few years as a faculty member and editors’ views on the future trends and topics in entrepreneurship.

“I truly appreciate Syracuse hosting the event this year,” said Professor McMullen. “Events like this create the future of the field.”