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the entrepreneurship

studies network


We are a community of scholars dedicated to advancing understanding of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship and its real life practices, contexts and impacts. We are passionate about developing a creative space through which we can jointly enrich the understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena.

Our Aims

  • Advance the European tradition of research in entrepreneurship studies, with an emphasis on real-life practices, contexts and impacts.

  • Provide a network which supports the creation of scholarly research that explores social, economic, historical and cultural contexts, connecting the study of enterprise to real life practices. 

  • Promote the development of theory for practice in entrepreneurship research.

  • Support the career development of ESN members.


Join In

Click below to join ESN or to take part in the group discussions and email list.

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Critical Entrepreneurship Lead: Dr Karen Verduijn (VU Amsterdam, NL) 


Chair: Dr Richard Tunstall (University of Leeds, UK)

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Social Context Lead: Dr Steffen Korsgaard (University of Southern Denmark)


ESN Core Events Lead: Dr Jonathan Kimmitt (University of Newcastle, UK)


Entrepreneurship as Practice Lead: Dr Neil Thompson (VU Amsterdam, NL)

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Early Career and PhD Lead: Dr Cherisse Hoyte (Coventry University, UK)


Communications Lead: Thomas Cyron (Jönköping University, SE)

Organizing Committee



Professor Simon Down (Anglia Ruskin University, UK), Professor Denise Fletcher (University of Luxembourg), Professor William B. Gartner (Clemson University, USA), Professor Daniel Hjorth (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), Professor Bengt Johanisson (Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden), Professor David Rae (University of Lincoln, UK), Professor Chris Steyaert (University St. Gallen, Switzerland), Professor Friederike Welter (IfM Bonn & University of Siegen, Germany), Professor Tony Watson (University of Nottingham, UK)


News  Events  Calls

Discover what the network’s members have been doing and what’s in store for us next.


Colourful Pile of Old Books

Fiction in Entrepreneurship - Call for Participation at AOM PDW

In the Classroom

Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship SIG Meeting at RENT XXXIII Berlin 28-29/11/19

5th Annual Entrepreneurship as Practice Conference - 30/3/2020 - 3/4/2020

Research and Writing

Blog: Precarity, Migration and Enterprise



ESN is delighted to work with organisations who promote and support the development of novel approaches to advancing the study of entrepreneurship.


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ESN is a Special Interest Group of ISBE (The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) and is grateful for the financial support it receives to grow and develop the ESN community.



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