Granada International Doctoral Summer School in Entrepreneurship Research (GIDSSER)

The Granada International Doctoral Summer School in Entrepreneurship Research (GIDSSER) took place in Granada (Spain), on June 14-17, 2022. The summer school was addressed to PhD students and early career researchers, with the aim to provide them with an opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship as a societal phenomenon, by learning and receiving feedback for their projects from renowned scholars in the field of entrepreneurship.

The summer school was organised by a group of professors and researchers of the Department of Business Administration I of the University of Granada (UGR). With the collaboration of UGR Emprendedora and GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) Spain, and thanks to the financial support of ECSB, UGR International School for Postgraduate Studies, the UGR School of Business and Administration, and its Unit of Excellence, GIDSSER gathered 29 international participants coming from 13 countries and 26 universities. Among the 29 participants, 23 were doctoral students, 4 early career researchers and 2 were professors. Within the first group, 5 students were granted with a scholarship covering the expenses for the registration fee.

The programme was structured around master lectures in the morning, focused on 5 hot topics, and workshop sessions in the afternoon, as a space for the participants to present and discuss their projects with a specialist scholar, and also with their peers. Prof. Ted Baker chaired the workshop sessions on context in entrepreneurship studies, and inequality and entrepreneurship, prof. Matthew Grimes on social entrepreneurship, prof. Jeffrey York on sustainability, prof. Miruna Radu-Lefebvre on founder identity, and prof. Claire Leitch on entrepreneurship and gender. A meet-the-editors session was also included, with the participation of prof. Miruna Radu-Lefebvre (editor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development), and prof. Juan Pablo Maicas (editor of Business Research Quarterly). Finally, all the attendees participated in a session about how to write a research paper taught by prof. Jeffrey York.

GIDSSER had two venues, representing respectively the newest flagship and the most ancient heritage of the University of Granada. The first two days the event took place in Breaker UGR, the disruptive entrepreneurial space of the university, while the second part of the programme was developed in the beautiful Carmen de la Victoria, located in the quarter of the Albayzín, a legacy of the Al-Andalus period.

In both spaces, GIDSSER was developed in a stimulating and lively atmosphere, with a high level of participation from the young researchers, who demonstrated in every session their involvement with entrepreneurship research, through their questions to the speakers and the constructive comments and feedback offered to their colleagues.

Participants were also able to enjoy several social activities, which complemented the academic programme. A wine tasting in the emblematic Corrala de Santiago, also part of the UGR heritage, offered the participants the opportunity to discover the link between the cinema and Granada. The walking tour in the Albayzín showed the historical and architectural evolution of the city, while providing amazing views of the Alhambra citadel and its surrounding hill.

GIDSSER has fostered the creation of new and promising networks for the development of the entrepreneurship research community. We also hope that it has opened new opportunities and provided new insights for the professional development of the young scholars who attended the event. This summer school has been an inspiring and pleasant experience not only for participants, but also for speakers and the members of the organising committee.

Authors: Matilde Ruiz and Ana Bojica (University of Granada), Coordinator and Director of GIDSSER, on behalf of the Organising Committee.