The chair ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ builds on the research activities conducted in the research program “Innovation, context and outcomes of entrepreneurship” and on other entrepreneurship and innovation focused research activities conducted by the members of the chair. Under the umbrella theme ‘entrepreneurship and Innovation’, the main focus of the chair is the valorization of discipline-based written intellectual contributions, other research activities, development and training, visiting in and out, related teaching, etc. The mission of the chair is to disseminate research outcomes and to foster the impact of research for teaching and practice.
The main focus of the chair is to examine entrepreneurial and innovative behaviour of individuals, teams and organizations from a contextual perspective. Entrepreneurial behaviour can be better understood by recognizing the multiplicity of contexts within entrepreneurship takes place (Welter, 2011; Welter & Lasch, 2008). Examining entrepreneurship in its contextual diversity helps also to better understand outcomes of entrepreneurship and innovation. Several research groups address this umbrella theme and examine on the individual (entrepreneur, owner-manager, teams, family firms, etc.), firm (small firms, cooperating firms, etc.) and aggregate level (regions, industries) issues such as reasons for entrepreneurship (motivations), entrepreneurial and market entry modes (new firms, takeovers, internationalization, etc.), entrepreneurial behavior, strategic entrepreneurship, and outcomes of entrepreneurship.
With 14 foreign nationalities, the internationalization of the program is well advanced and benefits from individual networks connecting the research groups to foreign based researchers and co-authors (Germany, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, etc.). In particular, two members of the chair, Roy Thurik and Léo-Paul Dana, are internationally renowned entrepreneurship scholars.
- Director : Frank Lasch – Associate Professor – Montpellier Business School – mail
- Research and training coordinator : Franck Robert – Assistant Professor – Montpellier Business School – mail