Neil Aaron Thompson is Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Organization Studies. He received Msc degrees in International Economics and Business from the Utrecht University in 2009. In 2013 he received his PhD degree, based on a dissertation with the title Institutional Logics and Entrepreneurship – Struggling for legitimacy in the emerging bio-energy field.

His ongoing research covers topics about Entrepreneurship as Practice; Organizational Creativity; New Venture Creation; Sustainable Development; Organization Theory; Institutional Theory; Organizational Change; New Industry Development; Economic Sociology; and Historical Methods. Present research questions are; How do entrepreneurs experience and cope with anxiety through the entrepreneurship process? How has a global entrepreneurship ecosystem emerged and evolved? How can we best conceptualize and research entrepreneurial ecosystems? How does institutional work assist business historians in historiography? How is the imagination implicated in organizational creativity?

William B. Gartner is the Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship at Babson College. His book: Entrepreneurship as Organizing: Selected Papers of William B. Gartner was recently published in a paperback edition by Edward Elgar. His current scholarship focuses on a variety of topics in the entrepreneurship field: entrepreneurial behavior, “entrepreneurship as practice,” the social construction of the future, value creation and appropriation, possibility and failure, “translating entrepreneurship” across cultures and countries, the poetics of exchange, and, the demographics of family entrepreneurship.

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Alistair Anderson, Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University and member of the International Associate Faculty at Audencia Business School shared with us his top tips for PhD Students.

Nour Alrabie is a PhD candidate and a temporary lecturer in Management Science at Toulouse School of Management, France. She received a B.Sc. in pharmaceutical studies from Al-Azhar University-Gaza, Palestine and a M.A. in Management at Toulouse School of Management. Her primary research interest lies on the border areas of healthcare, Management and Entrepreneurship. Her PhD research investigates collaborative dynamics among self-employed healthcare professionals and their collective entrepreneurship in Practice. During her PhD, she spent three periods as a visiting PhD at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy; Oulu Business School, Finland and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. She taught social entrepreneurship to international audience at La Salle University-Bogota, Colombia.

My name is Helen Eccleston and I am a second year PhD candidate at the University of Central Lancashire, working within the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise. I am currently engaged in an application of social practice theory to strategic doings, by investigating the relationship between practice and strategizing, to build a better understanding of the “doing” of strategy. I am interested in the philosophical and methodological implications of using such a serious sociological analysis. In 2017 I completed a master’s degree in Business Management, where I paid particular focus within my research project on workplace challenges within the daily ‘doings’ of business. This highlighted my keen interest in the micro level analysis on understanding organisational phenomena. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs and bouldering

Wenderson de Lima is a fourth year doctoral researcher at the management section at the Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University.  In his dissertation, Wenderson focuses on understanding how individuals enter and gain legitimacy as “social entrepreneurs” in the international humanitarian field. To gain such understanding, Wenderson draws primarily upon the theoretical lenses of Pierre Bourdieu and Marcel Mauss. His research seeks to contribute to the body of entrepreneurship literature by creating a greater understanding of what kind of practices and resources individuals put in place in order to create organizations in the humanitarian field: a fluid discursive and institutional space exploited and shaped by actors (e.g. scholars, aid practitioners, consultants, local leaders, wealthy entrepreneurs, the media, social entrepreneurs and philanthropists) competing for legitimacy and control over universal conceptions of humanity, compassion and care for distant others. Wenderson holds a master’s degree in economics and management from the Stockholm Business School. Before joining the management research team at the Stockholm Business School, Wenderson gained work experience in international trade, corporate social responsibility and EU law.

Anna Elkina is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Turku (Finland). She holds specialist degree from St.-Petersburg State University and Candidate of Science degree in economics from Volgograd State University (both in Russia) and has 10 years’ experience of teaching economic theory. In her doctoral study, Anna examines the process of constructing entrepreneurial identity through entrepreneurial experience. She applies autoethnographic approach and examines real-life experiment in which she tries to set up her own business.  In her current research, she focuses on the process of choosing and applying autoethnography as the method of research in entrepreneurship studies.

Ali is a Ph.D. candidate at the CERGAM, the University of Aix-Marseille in France. He also has a master’s degree in management of innovation and information systems from the same university and bachelor of management engineering from Iran. His studies undertake an experimental approach to understand social judgment in the entrepreneurship domain. In detail, he interests in legitimation process of innovative new ventures to understand the interaction of enterprises with their institutional environment. Prior to research, Ali has experienced working with different startups in their first years of growth first-hand.

Mikhail Kosmynin: ‘Doing Good by Playing Well with Others: Insights into Collaborative Practices between Social Entrepreneurial Ventures and the Public Sector in the Norwegian Context’

Mikhail is a first-year PhD fellow under Leadership and Innovation research group at Nord University, Norway and a member of NORSI – Norwegian Research School in Innovation. In his research project, Mikhail focuses on the collaborative practices between social entrepreneurial ventures and municipalities in the Norwegian context by drawing upon multiple theoretical lenses: entrepreneurship as practice, embeddedness, institutional logics. His PhD thesis seeks to contribute to the growing body of social entrepreneurship literature by yielding a better understanding of the collaborative dynamic in social entrepreneurship. Mikhail holds MSc in Social Science and BSc from Nord University in Norway and was a visiting graduate student at the University of Northern British Columbia in Canada as a mandatory part of the master program. Additionally, Mikhail gained practical experience working in internationalisation, higher education, the tourism and sports industry in Norway and Russia.