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The core programme for the R&D Management Conference is structured around a series of parallel sessions each lasting 90 minutes. Sessions comprise four paper presentations that may be academically focused, practice relevant, or a mix of both. Tracks are nspired by this year's theme “Innovation Across Boundaries: Historical Reflection and Future Vision". Details can be seen below. 


Giving Voice to the Margins :

Transformative Field Methods in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The practical wisdom of grassroots communities represents an invaluable knowledge pool for the progressive social sciences. The liberation of community knowledge has been shown to be a crucial step in the enactment of deep, lasting, sustainable and locally relevant socio-economic development. Transformational techniques, as the recent Nobel laureates in economics have demonstrated, are especially powerful in delivering multi-faceted local solutions to pressing global challenges. 

We are interested in developing techniques to help the emergence, analysis and dissemination of marginal community and individual knowledge. As scholarship of the "in-between", an inherently liminal space, entrepreneurship has a particular responsibility and interest in marginal places. As mainstream enterprise policy becomes ever more unitary, dominant and elitist, the knowledges and wisdoms of the margins are increasingly crowded out. Strangely, mainstream entrepreneurship has arguably become the study of the fastest possible growth path to the largest possible size of organisation. Sustainability, socio-economic equality, and a rich and diverse episteme are all being endangered to the point of extinction by the imposition of this one-size-fits-all global enterprise culture. 

Following in a long established tradition of embedded, radical, transformational "liberation entrepreneurship", this session invites contributions which explore practical tools for field engagement. How can we involve marginal communities in the analysis of their ecosystems, micro-practices, and socio-economic development choices? From research design, through data collection, data analysis and the sharing of results, we are committed to embedding a deeper connection to community and environment within our scholarship. Our aim is the authentic and rigorous co-creation of new knowledge of entrepreneurship and social innovation, in marginal field settings. We welcome abstracts from any field of entrepreneurship and innovation which help further this vision. 
Techniques, tools, instructive case examples, theories, and literature reviews are all relevant paper topics for this session. We recognise the special ethical concerns of working with the very vulnerable, and welcome explorations of this area also. 

As part of our commitment to encouraging engaged, transformational scholarship of the margins, the track co-ordinators are also collaborating with selected editors and publishers to support enhanced track impact. Join us in helping the margins take their voice back, and in recognising the priceless value of non-elite enterprise knowledge.


To further marginal community voicing of their entrepreneurship and innovation knowledge


  • Sarah Dodd 


  • Paul Lassale 
  • Katarina Nicolopoulou 
  • Marisa Smith 
  • Jaleesa Wells 

Timeline for Submission

  • Decisions on abstracts and papers  27th March
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline 5th May 2020


Registration Fees

Early Bird (before 5th May): £515

Early-Student (before 5th May): £415

Standard: £615

Standard Student: £515

One Day: £300


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