2017 - McGill Conference on International Entrepreneurship Aug 30th-Sept 1st

Speed, Diversity & Complexity in International Entrepreneurship

The 21st McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference will be jointly hosted by the Marketing Discipline and the Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.


National University of Ireland, Galway is proud to host the 21st McGill International Entrepreneurship (MIE) Conference.  The MIE conference is designed to bring together state-of-the art research from the fields of International Entrepreneurship(IE), SMEs and international business. Empirical and conceptual research papers related to the following topics are welcomed, but are not limited to:

  • Migrant and Diaspora Entrepreneurs in IE
  • International New Venture (INV) Creation and Business Model Development
  • Digital Business Models in IE
  • Knowledge transfer in IE 
  • IE in emerging markets
  • Impact of social relationships in IE
  • Internationalization processes in IE: Networks and patterns of INV
  • Business relationships and alliances between INVs and multi-national companies
  • Supply and Value Chain Management and International Purchasing
  • De-internationalization and its consequences
  • Role and impact of the board of directors on internationalization process in SMEs
  • Financing strategies in IE
  • Strategic Resource Management in IE: Developing Human Capital and Intellectual Capital
  • International Entry mode strategies 
  • Methodological issues in IE research
  • Cross-national comparisons of internationally-oriented entrepreneurs
  • Technological Challenges and opportunities for IE
  • International Social Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Strategies and Branding in IE
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing in IE
  • International Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Actions
  • International Growth of SMEs
  • Role of Institutional, stakeholders and networks actors in IE
  • Rapid internationalization across different industry contexts
  • New Product Development and Innovation Processes in IE
  • Academic IE in Universities and Higher Education Institutions
  • BG /INV in regional and economic development
  • Other topics relevant to the theme of the conference

We will also be hosting a Special Session on ‘Born Globals and International New Ventures - Implications for Policy’, and  invite papers on this theme.

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Keynote speaker
Professor Alistair R Anderson
, Robert Gordon University, Scotland

Professor Anderson is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Theme Leader for the Business and Enterprise research group within Aberdeen Business School. His research interests are in social aspects of Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Professor Anderson is currently Editor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.


Plenary speakers
Professor Hamid Etemad, McGill University, Canada

Professor Antonella Zucchella, University of Milan, Italy


Key Dates

Abstract submission and registration is now open

May 1st 2017 - Abstract submission deadline

June 5th 2017 - Feedback / Notification of acceptance

July 3rd 2017 - Submission deadline for full papers

Conference Chair

Dr. Natasha Evers,
Marketing Discipline,
JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics,
NUI Galway,

Conference Administrator and point of contact for registration queries or for technical issues encountered in the submission process

Ms. Gwen Ryan
Whitaker Institute
NUI Galway
+353 (0)91 494267