Innovation and entrepreneurship in Russia, ex-Soviet republics and Eastern Europe come under the spotlight for an interdisciplinary academic conference taking place at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in May. The Research Frontiers Conference from the Management and Organization Review will serve to explore new research directions for the social sciences underlying management and organisations, globalisation, and economic growth.
It’s the third such annual conference; the first two focused on China and India, whereas the conference at RSM on 17-19 May shifts focus eastwards, to transforming economies and the coevolution of SMEs and family firms in Eastern Europe.
Most scholars in this field consider environmental change as a variable with an external cause, and often use a single theme for describing how and why organizations tend to become more similar to each other regionally, nationally and globally through adaptation or selection. But questions about how organizations systematically influence their own environments and how global and national environments (meaning other firms and new competitors) influence them are less frequently examined.
The MOR Research Frontiers Conference will focus on how firms’ strategies, management practices, and their eco-systems affect, and are affected by, the factors shaping innovation, entrepreneurship and national competitiveness. The question put to the conference speakers and audience will be: ‘How do firms’ strategies and management practices co-evolve with and drive national competitiveness?’
“Studying coevolution is particularly important for SMEs and family firms as they often need to compete again established firms…