Call for Papers: Global Entrepreneurship Research Conference in San Francisco, March 22-25, 2006; Organized By the University of San Francisco and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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San Francisco-Silicon Valley Global Entrepreneurship Research Conference, March 22-25, 2006 in San Francisco, CA. Organized by the University of San Francisco School of Business and Management Entrepreneurship Program and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology School of Business. Conference paper submission deadline December 1, 2005.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, the San Francisco-Silicon Valley Global Entrepreneurship Research Conference ( will commence with research paper and panel presentations on March 22 and 23 and move on to a highly energetic international business plan competition on March 24 and 25 that feature's many top silicon valley venture capitalist and executive judges. The conference is organized by the University of San Francisco School of Business and Management Entrepreneurship Program and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology School of Business. The best papers will be included in the spring issue of the semi-annual journal, "Silicon Valley Review of Global Entrepreneurship Research."

The inaugural 2005 conference attracted scholars from 15 countries around the world. Please find their papers at:

This year's research conference and the business plan competition will again provide an opportunity for SCHOLARS, VENTURE CAPITALISTS AND LEADING ENTREPRENEURIAL EXECUTIVES to learn from each other in both paper and panel presentations, as well as by participating in a highly competitive international business plan competition, where conference participants will have the opportunity to witness graduate student entrepreneurs from around the world pitch their new venture technology companies to many of the world's leading venture investors. The San Francisco Chronicle covered part of last year's event and published it as a lead story in its Saturday Business Section - link below.

By participating in this conference, attending faculty, deans, and program directors will also learn many of the mechanics of launching a business plan competition and entrepreneurship program for their own university.

Conference Themes and Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Causal factors of regional entrepreneurial advantage

Success factors of entrepreneur firms

Financing of entrepreneurial firms

Legal Aspects of entrepreneurship

Business plan development issues

Growth strategies of entrepreneur companies

Entrepreneurial leadership in existing firms

Managing global expansion and global operations of entrepreneurial firms

International and cross-cultural aspects of entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship in China

Venture Capital

Entrepreneurship education and curriculum development

Social and sustainable entrepreneurship

All submissions (papers, detailed executive summaries, cases, and panel proposals) will be blind reviewed, and acceptance/rejection is based upon quality and relevance to the conference.

Papers/cases/proposals should be submitted via e-mail attachment to the conference co-chairs in Microsoft Word for Windows or PDF format no later than December 1, 2005. Receipt of papers will be acknowledged and decisions on acceptance made and provided no later than December 31, 2005.

We also highly encourage doctoral students to submit excerpts of their dissertations or working papers relevant to entrepreneurship research for consideration. Doctoral student presentations will allow distinguished members of the academic profession to comment on the results of the studies, as well as address issues and aspects of academic publishing and career development.

The registration fee is US $250 before February 10th, 2006, and US $300 for late and on-site registration. Doctoral Student Registration is half the scheduled rate above.

Please send the registration fee in check or money order in US currency (payable to USF New Venture Center) to Ms. Ramona Deluna, University of San Francisco School of Business, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. At least one author must be registered and must present at the conference for each paper accepted. All conference attendants must register.

Only those papers presented by an author at the Conference will be included in the Conference Proceedings and subsequent journal.

Conference Hotel Info at:
Special conference rates at the Radisson-Miyako Hotel are $109/night + tax are available for reservations made by March 1, 2006 Indicate USF Entrepreneur when calling for your room.

Guidelines for Submissions

1. Submit your completed paper or abstract in ONE document attachment (word or PDF) by e-mail to the Conference Co-Chairs on or before December 1, 2005. (Earlier submissions are highly encouraged.) Receipt of your paper will be quickly acknowledged and you will receive a decision no later than December 31, 2005.

2. Extended abstracts or executive summaries are acceptable. Full papers should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, plus exhibits, references, and appendices. Papers should be submitted in ONE file, including all exhibits and appendices.

3. Each paper should have a title page with the authors' names, affiliations, email addresses, telephone and FAX numbers. Multiple authored papers should indicate the contact person. Important: PLEASE PROVIDE AN ABSTRACT (up to 300 words) AND AUTHOR NAMES AND AFFILIATIONS AS A SEPARATE PAGE FOR INCLUSION IN THE PROGRAM MATERIALS.

4. Papers or abstracts will be blind reviewed; authors should avoid revealing their identity in the paper or abstract.

5. Papers should not have been previously published, accepted for publication or under consideration for publication or presentation elsewhere.

6. Authors submitting papers must agree to return by e-mail attachment a camera-ready copy of the final draft of an accepted paper or detailed abstract to the Proceedings editor before February 10, 2006. The detailed guidelines for preparing the manuscript will be sent to authors of accepted papers/abstracts by the Proceedings Editor. The Proceedings will be published on on-line. The top papers will be included (pending authors' permission) in the Journal - "Silicon Valley Review of Global Entrepreneurship Research."

7. At least one author must register for and attend the conference to present the paper. All conference attendees must register.

8. Panel proposals should provide a 2 - 3 page detailed synopsis and list at least 3 panel members that will attend and their affiliations and contact information.

Questions about the conference may also be sent to the Conference Co-chairs: Professors Mark Cannice, Roger Chen, and Zhan Li. (


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