Understanding Small Enterprises (USE2015)

21 – 23 October 2015 Groningen, Netherlands

Conference at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Small businesses form the backbone of most economies and are attracting increased interest from academics, practitioners, consultants, social partners, government officials, and policy makers. In recent years it has become more and more clear that SMEs are a different breed from large companies, which are the normal subject of business and entrepreneurial research: an SME is not a small big firm.

The conference will consist of three main themes which can be subdivided in a number subthemes:

  • Healthy and safe working environments at SMEs Topics might include - but are not limited to: Occupational Health and Safety, Workplace Innovation, Healthy Ageing and Work, Work Life Balance.
  • Health organisations as small businesses Topics might include - but are not limited to: Organizing for Change, Social Innovation, Market Orientation, Technology Innovation.
  • SMEs in a networked society

Topics might include - but are not limited to: Corporate and Network Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalizing SMEs.

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