DREAM Effectuation Doctoral Seminar in Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 27-31 2013
May 27 @ 11:00 am – May 31 @ 5:00 pm

dream_participants_dubrovnik_2011Offered in conjunction with the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, there will be a Effectuation Doctoral Seminar in Dubrovnik, Croatia from May 27-31 2013.  All the information and contacts to register are posted at… .  We hope to see you there (2011 group pictured here)!

Effectuation in Lyon June 3rd and 4th, 2013 (Save the Date!)
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – Jun 4 @ 5:45 pm

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EMLYON Business School and the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship (NIKOS), University of Twente are pleased to invite you to the:

2nd Effectuation Research and Teaching Conference
3-4 June 2013, Lyon, France
(Just before the Babson BCERC conference, also in Lyon)

Conference theme:
Moving Forward: Chances and Challenges in Effectuation Research and Teaching
Research and teaching on effectuation, a logic used by expert entrepreneurs to solve problems in highly uncertain market environments, have substantially grown and progressed in the past decade. Along with the progress, effectuation research and teaching are facing important challenges now. The fruitfulness of future effectuation research, for example, depends on the conceptual clarity of the effectuation construct, its connection to other entrepreneurship constructs and the development of valid and reliable measurement instruments. Furthermore, evidence on teaching didactics and practices will have to show which are most effective for which groups of students.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together scholars interested in furthering the development of effectuation research and teaching and in emerging as a community. The conference will address issues related to both teaching and research in a workshop format that will be studious, but fun.
Professors Saras Sarasvathy (Darden) and Stuart Read (IMD) are our co-hosts and co-creators for this conference, engaged throughout the event, which will include the following topics:


  • Developing and clarifying the effectuation concept
  • Relation of effectuation to other entrepreneurship concepts
  • Measuring effectuation and its dimensions
  • New research inspired by effectuation research


  • Alternatives to the Business Plan
  • New teaching practices and materials
  • Effectiveness of teaching methods

Present your work
We invite participants with a research interest and/or with a teaching interest to present their work. For those with a primary interest in research, we require participants to present a working paper. This work will be discussed in small groups in dedicated workshop sessions. For those with a primary interest in teaching, we require participants to present a teaching practice they have used or are considering. We plan to have interactive sessions in which the various practices are shared between participants.

Paper submission
Please submit an academic paper, or extended abstract of at least seven pages. Papers can be fully developed, but we particularly stimulate the submission of working papers that can benefit from our interactive workshop format. We are planning a special issue and conference papers may be preselected for this.

Teaching orientation
Please submit at least a three-page description or design of a teaching practice that you have used or are planning to use. Please describe your experiences and list potential questions that you may have for discussing.

Both types of papers should be sent to the organizers of this conference, Philippe Silberzahn: and Jeroen Kraaijenbrink: before February 8th, 2013*.
Please indicate the track you are submitting for (Teaching or research).

Information & registration
The registration fee for the conference is €100. To keep the interactive and community atmosphere of the previous conference, participation will be limited to 50 participants. For information concerning registration and logistics, as well as updates of the program, please consult the website:

Important deadlines
Research/teaching paper submission: Friday, February 8th, 2013
Author notification: Monday, March 4th, 2013
Registration open: Monday, May 6th, 2013
Conference: June 3rd and 4th, 2013 (just before Babson, also in Lyon this year)

Looking forward to welcoming you in Lyon!

Philippe Silberzahn, Professor of Entrepreneurship, EMLYON Business School.
Jeroen Kraaijenbrink, Associate professor of Strategic Entrepreneurship, Netherlands Institute of Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship (NIKOS), University of Twente

Practical conference information:
Jocelyne MASSARD
Tel. +33 (0)4 78 33 79 43
Mail :

* An earlier post of this announcement offered a deadline of March 30 to submit materials.  For people who send us material by February 8th, we will come back to you soon.  And for those who send materials between Feb 8 and March 30, we will be happy to include them given appropriate work and available space.

DREAM Effectuation Doctoral Seminar in Port Elizabeth South Africa, June 2014
Jun 9 @ 9:30 am – Jun 11 @ 5:00 pm