Round table 1: Responsible Entrepreneurship that Works. The Role of Educators, Investors, Managers, Policy Makers and Civic Society
Coordinators: Associate Professor dr. F. Pînzaru and Professor dr. P. Ketikidis
Organizer: Research Centre in Management and Leadership
Ioana Petrescu, ex-Minister of Finance, business consultant
Teodora Palarie, Vice-President Viitor Plus
Claudiu Costin, entrepreneur, LaRambla
Dragos Nicolaescu, Lifestyle Business Mentor
Emanuela Todeva, director, Research Centre on Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development, University of Surrey
This round table brought together quintuple helix stakeholders (universities, industries, policy makers, societal organizations, environmental representatives, sustainable development associations, civic empowerment associations, start-ups, investors, etc.) who engaged in an open discussion on how to achieve a working quintuple helix environment that fosters responsible entrepreneurship in Romania.
After the recent economic crisis (and there are analysts who consider that the crisis is not over, but transforming), the big players of the market became even bigger, while many SME’s and VSE’s were not able to survive such chaotic times. At the same time, corporations are very interested in embracing a mixed approach, defined as corporate entrepreneurship (see recent examples in energy, utilities or airline industry). In this context, the participants investigated questions such as:
– What’s the perspective for entrepreneurship practice now, is it the drive of enthusiastic individuals or is it becoming a new way of corporate growth?
– What are the main factors that influence in your opinion the reality of entrepreneurship at present (regulation, competition, consumerist culture, education, civil society’s pressures etc.)?
– How can we explain the spread of entrepreneurial ideas in fields understood until recently as domains of public good or public service, such as health / education / support for social projects, etc.?
Round table 2: Identifying social entrepreneurship opportunities
Coordinator: Associate Professor dr. Alexandra Zbuchea
Organizer: Laboratory of Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship (Research Centre in Management and Leadership)
Andreana Drencheva – University of Sheffield
Cristina Barna – Institute for Social Economy
Mihaela Lambru – University of Bucharest
Elena Cucu – Speranța Foundation
Alexandru Ciochia – Junior Association
Both academics and social entrepreneurs were invited to discuss the evolution of the contemporary society and business environment in order to identify stimuli and risks associated with new social entrepreneurship ventures. Considering the complex changes in the contemporary society, social entrepreneurship is increasingly more popular in many economies. This is only one of the aspects changing the business landscape. Social entrepreneurs face many challenges, but also can valorize the trends in contemporary society and economies. Having this in mind, the round table debated mainly the innovative aspects of social entrepreneurship, as well as how to overcome the various problems social entrepreneurs encounter
Workshop for PhD students: Qualitative methodologies
Coordinator: Dr. Alexandra Prodromidou
This workshop helped PhD students involved in researching the entrepreneurial field to develop their knowledge and ability related to qualitative research. It offered participants a hands-on, in-depth and advanced training on methodologies of qualitative data collection and research design issues. This interdisciplinary session addressed key issues including, qualitative research vs quantitative research, qualitative research design and planning, selecting appropriate research methods to investigate research questions, identifying limitations in data collection and inferences, ensuring rigor in qualitative research, acquiring criteria for judging the merit of qualitative research, crafting a contribution to the field, presenting qualitative data. Open discussion was encouraged and participants shared their experience from their own research with their peers.
Bucharest Sightseeing Tour
All willing participants visited the old center of Bucharest, getting to understand the history and the spirit of the capital of Romania. This district was Bucharest’s most important commercial zone from the middle ages to late 20th century. Also, the prince had his court here – the ruins can be seen today on the French Street. While probably famed more for its history and its nightlife, the Old Town area of Bucharest is in fact home to some superb places to eat: both high end, fine-dining establishments as well as kebabs and take-aways.
The Tour of Legends : Bucharest – Bran Castle – Brașov – Bucharest
The first destination was Bran Castle, offering insights into the history of Bran Castle and the magic of Dracula’s legend referred to in Bram Stoker’s terrifying story about the Vampire Count of Transylvania. Brașov is one of the most beautiful historical cities in Romania. The town and the surrounding region are home of various legends of the Romanian, Hungarian and German communities.