Entrepreneurship research is thriving, with hundreds of scholars around the world contributing to our better understanding of the entrepreneurial phenomenon. The disciplinary entries are numerous, as well as are the topics of interest. Efforts are substantial, and the results already achieved considerable. That said, the way we understand and address the issues is notice ably enhanced by considering, debating, and confronting our existingk nowledge and what our peers are doing. For fundamental, true, scientific progress, we need deep and constructive exchanges.
The International Workshop ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CULTURE, FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT is specifically designed to facilitate high level, high intense discussion and fruitful exchange between scholars involved in entrepreneurship research. It has shown a great success in its previous editions (Caen, Cartagena, Namur, Klagenfurt and Lyon), gathering a voluntarily limited number of participants in order to support strong individual participation and the development of convivial relationships
In the last 50 years rises in living standards have been incredibly huge in all countries, especially in industrialized countries. It is the most important change that humanity has experienced, mainly due to discoveries and innovations in all sectors and branches of activity. Yet not only growth but better growth is required to address the tremendous challenges that economies are facing with ecosystem degradation and global climate change. Global warming and the ecological footprint – how much of the Earth's resources does your lifestyle require1 – are the most important challenges humanity has to deal with in the current period. "Awareness is growing that a fundamental transformation in the way society consumes natural resources and produces energy may be needed"
To make progress on pressing environmental issues, more entrepreneurship and more entrepreneurial rms – new and innovative rms – can contribute. Entrepreneurship may participate to this challenge in several ways through: