2nd Edition – 2024

A doctoral and early career colloquium on conducting and publishing research in Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Paper Development Workshop

Following the success of the first edition in 2023, the second edition of the LEIC, a two-day colloquium is organised to discuss the diverse facets of doctoral and post-doctoral career and the different possibilities for carrying out empirical research in entrepreneurship and innovation. The colloquium is free of charge and accommodation bursaries are available thanks to the generous support of external funders.

The colloquium is aimed for management and organisation doctoral students and early career researchers (ECRs) in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation interested in systematic and bibliometric approaches for literature reviews, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies.  Preferably, the participants will have completed at least one year of their doctoral study or have been able to progress far enough with their research to have crafted a well-structured proposal or a paper contemplating their preliminary findings. Albeit we also are keen to invite ECRs and close to completion doctoral students that are currently working on a paper that is in need of development.

By participating, researchers will be able to receive individual mentorship and advices for the successful publication journey of their research. Each participant will be matched with a senior scholar who is an active editor or associate editor of an internationally recognised journal (see below for details of outlets – CABS 3 and 2).

The best works will be invited for submission to Strategic Change (CABS 2) or Journal of Enterprising Communities (CABS 1) and access a fast-track peer-review process.


Prof Andrea Caputo (Chair), University of Lincoln & University of Trento

Dr Mohammad Fakhar Manesh (co-Chair), University of Lincoln

Dr Mahdieh Zeinali, University of Lincoln

Ms Mariya Kargina, University of Rome Tor Vergata & University of Lincoln


Location & Dates

Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK

Lincoln International Business School,
University of Lincoln

9-10 May 2024

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2024

Extended Deadline for submissions: 30 March 2024


This two-day colloquium will include keynote speeches, opportunities for the attendees to present their work in progress and a paper development workshop. Methodological workshops will also be part of the programme. The colloquium is mentored by experienced researchers in the area but also editors of potential outlets of such studies. Group mentoring sessions will be organised for the capacity building of attendees. At the end of the colloquium, participants will receive a certificate.

How to apply? Abstract/proposal submission

Each participant should submit an individual or team proposal for a research project or paper (at any stage of development) in the form of an extended abstract (up to 1000 words, references, tables and appendixes excluded) that summarises the purpose, methods, results, and contributions of the study; along with a CV and, for PhD students only, a supporting letter from the supervisor addressing how attending the LEIC will benefit the student and their research. Conceptual, empirical and methodological contributions are welcome. By submitting to the workshop you commit to attending if selected.


Original abstract deadline: 15 March 2024

Extended abstract deadline: 30 March 2024

Confirmation of acceptance for abstract received by the original deadline of 15 March 2024: 5 April 2024

Confirmation of acceptance for abstract received after the original deadline and before the extended deadline: 15 April 2024

Confirmation of attendance for all: 20 April 2024


Day 1 – Thursday 9 May 2024: Participant presentations and keynote speeches

Day 2 – Friday 10 May 2024: Paper development workshop and mentoring sessions

We expect to start each day at 9:00 and organise evening social gatherings as part of the programme, please make travel arrangements accordingly.

Keynote speakers

Prof Simone Lilley, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Prof Kristel Miller, Ulster University, United Kingdom


Prof Matthijs Bal, University of Lincoln, UK

Dr Leonie Baldacchino, University of Malta

Dr Mohammad Fakhar Manesh, University of Lincoln, UK

Prof Massimiliano M. Pellegrini, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Dr Esin Yoruk, Coventry University, UK

Prof Andrea Caputo, University of Lincoln and University of Trento

Dr Christian Sarfo, University of Lincoln

Dr Vahid Jafari-Sadeghi, Aston University, UK

Dr Sara Sassetti, University of Pisa, Italy

Dr Mahdieh Zeinali, University of Lincoln, UK

Publication opportunities

The colloquium will give participants the opportunity to engage with editors and editorial board members of the several journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics, Technology in Society, Strategic Change, Journal of Enterprising Communities, Journal of Management & Organization, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, and Management Decision to name a few. Moreover, participants can express their interest to submit the work to the below publication outlets as well.

Book series (for monographic works): “Entrepreneurial Behaviour”, eds. Andrea Caputo & Massimiliano M. Pellegrini, Emerald Publishing

Best papers

The best papers will be invited to submit their work to Strategic Change or Journal of Enterprising Communities for fast-track peer-review process to support their development ahead of publication.

Accommodation bursaries

Thanks to generous support from SAMS (Society for the Advancement of Management Studies) we can offer a limited number of bursaries for PhD students and early career researchers that will cover accommodation in Lincoln for the duration of the conference (up to 3 nights). Please indicate in your submission if you want to be considered for a bursary.


To attend the colloquium, participants need to submit their abstract and receive a notification of acceptance.

The colloquium is free of charge and is limited to 20-25 participants. Registration must be completed before 19 April 2024.

Colloquium organisers and contacts

Prof Andrea Caputo (Chair), University of Lincoln & University of Trento

Dr Mohammad Fakhar Manesh (co-Chair), University of Lincoln

Dr Mahdieh Zeinali, University of Lincoln

Ms Mariya Kargina, University of Rome Tor Vergata & University of Lincoln

Please direct your queries to leic@lincoln.ac.uk 

This event received funding by

Society for the advancement of management studies

Under the patronage of

Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group