Entrepreneurship is all about individuals, who take actions towards creating new activities and expanding them, whether in startups or existing organizations.
Understanding the perceptions, memory, and thinking (Estes, 1975) of entrepreneurial individuals –i.e. entrepreneurial cognition -become important when trying to understand such behavior and actions (Krueger, 2003).
The attention to entrepreneurial cognition has generated an impressive stream of literature since the early calls for such perspective (e.g. Baron, 1998; Mitchell et al., 2002). Ajzen (1991) made a seminal contribution to the study of intention formation by proposing the Theory of Planned Behavior, which entrepreneurship scholars have adopted to investigate intentions related to the start (Kolvereid, 1996) and growth of new ventures (Davidsson, 1991; Wiklund & Shepherd, 2000).
The robustness of the intention model in entrepreneurship has been validated by recent empirical studies (Kautonen et al. 2013; Kautonen et al. 2015).
Since the intention model based on Ajzen’s TPB seem to bear relevance in the entrepreneurship context, the interesting question is related to “What next?” How entrepreneurship scholars produce new theoretical insights about entrepreneurial cognition and especially related to intentions to start and expand new activities?
Our workshop aims to work on this direction by identifying future avenues for cognitive research in entrepreneurship.
We next elaborate some topics in the hope of encouraging scholarly submissions to the workshop.

Call for papers



Submissions Deadline

Submission of extended abstract (main workshop and doctoral students): July 25th, 2018

Acceptance Notification: 5th August, 2018

Workshop: September 24-25th, 2018

Doctoral Workshop: September 25th, 2018

Submissions Guidelines

We invite the researchers to submit an abstract for discussion (except for entrepreneurs who should provide a letter stating why they would like to attend). The first page of an academic submission must contain the title, author(s) and contact information of the corresponding author. The organizers expect an Extended Abstracts of no more than 3-pages 1,5-space, maximum 1500-words. All submissions must be written in English. An abstract should inform explicitly about the following five issues: Research objective/question; Conceptual development; Methodology; Results (if not a conceptual paper); and Contribution. Please exclude tables, figures and references.
All submissions should be sent by email as Word or PDF attachment to Prof. Adnane Maalaoui and Prof. Erno Tornikoski: , and Francesco Appio:

Doctoral consortium

The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for 10 doctoral students, who work in entrepreneurial cognition, to present their research interests in front of expert scholars in the field, such as Professors Icek Ajzen, Alan Carsrud, Kelly Shaver, Francisco Linan, Norris Krueger and Marco van Gelderen.
We expect doctoral students to submit an extended Abstract of no more than 5-pages, 1.5-space, maximum 2500-words. The abstract should clearly identify the expected contribution of the work and its significance to the current understanding of the role of entrepreneurial cognitions in entrepreneurial processes.
The deadline for the doctoral consortium is July 25th, 2018

Publication Opportunities

Editors and/or Associate editors from leading entrepreneurship and small business journals (ISBJ, revue de l’Entrepreneuriat, etc.) will participate in the event and be available to discuss with the submitting authors about the potential of their manuscripts for their respective journals.

Workshop program

Fees and Registration

The attendance fee includes :

Participation in the conferencs

2 lunches, 1Dinner Gala

Morning and afternoon refreshments

The Welcome Reception

Before 15th August 2018

Participation fees presenting Authors


Participation fees Doctoral Student


After 15th August 2018

Participation fees presenting Authors


Participation fees Doctoral Student


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