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?

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.

Amanda is a PhD candidate at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and Copenhagen Business School (CBS) where her research examines the intersection of migration, entrepreneurship, and development in the context of growing African economies. Her doctoral research – funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) – explores alternative approaches to development through a case study of the entrepreneurship practices of ‘returnees’ and ‘repats’ in the creative arts industry in Ghana’s capital Accra. Amanda holds a M.Sc. degree in Business and Development Studies from Copenhagen Business School, a M.Sc. degree in Market Research and a B.Sc. degree in International Business, both from Tilburg University. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Amanda worked as a project manager and consultant at market research agencies in the Netherlands and Denmark.

Sérgio Vogt is a Ph.D. Candidate at Positivo University, Brazil, and a Visiting Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Post-Graduation Lato Sensu in Business Marketing at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Passo Fundo, Brazil, and experience in Cross-Cultural Communication and International Work at Hald International Center in Norway. His research interests include Qualitative Methods, Social Practice Theories, Entrepreneurial Learning and Education, and unconventional forms of knowledge. Sérgio has published in some Brazilian journals and has papers introduced in national (EnANPAD, SemeAd, and CBEO) and international (EGOS and LAEMOS) conferences.

Christian is a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Finance at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, which he joined in October 2017. In his dissertation, Christian focuses on experimental research in entrepreneurial finance. Christian holds a M.Sc. degree in Finance and Strategic Management from Copenhagen Business School and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. Moreover, he spent one term abroad at Montpellier Business School. Additionally, Christian gained substantial knowledge and practical experience in the banking (J.P. Morgan, Berenberg, HSBC) and consulting sector (Roland Berger).