MREV – Call for Papers: Management in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) from Nordic and Comparative Perspectives

Guest Editors:
Simon Fietze, Martin Senderovitz, & Jesper Raalskov, University of Southern Denmark

Special Issue
SMEs play a significant role in economic development. They stimulate competition and create jobs by developing new technologies and products. However, SMEs’ are often prevented from realising their potential due to internal and external constraints. To deal with these constraints, on the one hand, international, national and regional policies support a number of initiatives to assist SMEs’ growth and development. On the other hand, the dynamic competitive landscape of the twenty-first century is highlighting an increased need for SMEs to emphasis on the managerialization of their organizational structure and processes as well as the professionalization of individuals involved in the organization to ensure long-term survival and growth.

Research on managerialization has shown, that SMEs are characterized by a lower adoption of managerial processes, because of the strong linkages between manager and company. In addition, there is a lack of management knowledge at different levels. It is commonly highlighted that the management in these firms is characterized by some degree of informality and that individual and social control systems are more suited to these enterprises, due to common shared values and languages, informal relationships etc.

In addition, decisions in SMEs are also determined by the institutional and contextual factors and in consequence how much of their potential is realised (e.g. innovation). The Nordic context and their countries’ business systems have during the last few years served as exemplary models for practitioners from business, politics and research. The Northern European countries are among the most competitive economies, have a well-developed welfare system and a large public sector. These qualities have raised an increased interest both among practitioners and scholars alike to understand the “success” mechanisms of the Nordic business systems.

Based on these considerations, the purpose of this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies is to enhance our understanding of management practices in  SMEs from a Nordic and comparative perspective. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following issues:

  • What institutional conditions determine management practices in SMEs?
  • What is the role of managerial mechanisms and professional managers in SMEs and family firms’ development and growth?
  • How does social- and environmental considerations influence management practices in SMEs in a Nordic context?
  • What is the role of HR in developing management practices in SMEs?
  • How do talent management impact SMEs development and growth?

This is not an exhaustive list.

21st Nordic Conference on Small Business Research (NCSB) 2020
Since its inception in 1980 the NCSB conference has been a biannual event in the Nordic tradition characterized by an open atmosphere that encourages the exchange of ideas between researchers with research interests in the field of small business and entrepreneurship. The 2020 NCSB conference in Kolding, Denmark will continue this tradition and welcomes papers from all areas of the small business and entrepreneurship.

Special Issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies
management revue – Socio-Economic Studies is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary European journal publishing both qualitative and quantitative work, as well as purely theoretical papers that advances the study of management, organization, and industrial relations. Management Revue publishes articles that contribute to theory from a number of disciplines, including business and public administration, organizational behavior, economics, sociology, and psychology. Reviews of books relevant to management and organization studies are a regular feature.

All contributors to the 21st NSBC conference are invited to submit their paper for the special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies. Full papers for this special issue must be submitted by September 30th, 2020. All contributions will be subject to double-blind reviews. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due March 31st, 2021. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2022. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system using ‘SI Management in SMEs’ as article section.

Manuscript length should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 2.5 cm on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s homepage.

Hoping to hear from you!
Simon Fietze (
Martin Senderovitz
Jesper Raalskov

Workshop at Helmut-Schmidt-University on Qualitative Research Methods (05 and 06 February 2020)

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Lecturer:  Prof. Dr. Abbie Griffin (University of Utah), Prof. Dr. Gloria Barczak (Northeastern University Boston)

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Thursday, Feb. 6, 9:00 am – 13:00 pm

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg. Building H 1, Room 1174

Language of instruction: English

Registration: If you like to participate, please E-Mail to

Contents: Qualitative Research Methodology in the Social Sciences

Workshop at Helmut-Schmidt-University on Good Practices in Peer-Review (30 and 31 January 2020)

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Lecturer:  Prof. Dr. Abbie Griffin (University of Utah), Prof. Dr. Gloria Barczak (Northeastern University Boston), Former Editors of  the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM)

Thursday, Jan 30, 01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Friday, Jan. 31, 09:00 am – 01:00 pm

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg. Building H 1, Room 1174

Language of instruction: English

Registration: If you like to participate, please E-Mail to

Contents: How to handle reviews and what makes a good review for an A-Journal in the social sciences

VHB-ProDok: Qualitative Research Methods an der TU Hamburg (22.-25. September 2020)

Processes and Methods of Qualitative and Mixed Method Research
Grundlegendes Ziel dieses Kurses ist es, den Teilnehmern Kenntnisse über den Prozess und die Methoden qualitativer Forschungsdesigns zu vermitteln und die Eignung solcher Designs für konkrete Problemstellungen der Teilnehmer zu diskutieren (Werkstatt-Prinzip).

– Grundlagen und spezifische Merkmale qualitativer Forschung
– die Indikation qualitativer Forschung und die Rolle der Wissenschaftstheorie
– der qualitative Forschungsprozess und der Einfluss von Theorien
– die Erhebung qualitativer Daten
– die Auswertung qualitativer Daten: Grounded Theory, Ethnografie, Qualitatives Experiment, Qualitative Heuristik, Diskursanalyse, Sequenzanalyse, Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse
– Gütekriterien und Geltungsbegründung qualitativer Befunde
– Methodenintegrative Designs (Mixed Methods)

22. – 25. September 2020

Technische Universität Hamburg
Am Schwarzenberg – Campus 1 (Gebäude A)
21073 Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wrona
Institut für Strategisches & Internationales Management, Technische Universität Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Philipp Mayring
Institut für Psychologie der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt;

Den Syllabus finden Sie unter diesem Link:

Um einen Überblick über die Höhe der Teilnahmegebühr zu erhalten und um sich anzumelden, nutzen Sie bitte diesen Link:

Sie können außerdem eine Email senden.

Anmeldefrist: 29. Juni 2020

ReMaT – Research management training for early-stage researchers (23 and 24 April 2020)

A ReMaT workshop – Research management training for early-stage researchers – will take place in Hamburg on 23rd and 24th April 2020. The workshop is designed for early-stage researchers in engineering and natural sciences, particularly PhD candidates from the 2nd year onward. The idea of European networking is very much embedded in the concept, and we encourage participation from many different countries at the workshop.

ReMaT is an interactive, intensive workshop providing an introduction to research management. It involves two international trainers and is held in English. The modules of the workshop cover exploitation of knowledge and entrepreneurship, acquisition of grants, intellectual property rights and the management of interdisciplinary projects. They are delivered in such a way that it challenges participants to consider different perspectives on how they might use their PhD education in a variety of career paths, and convince others to hire them.

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ZBW-Ökonomenworkshop: Open Science in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften from Politics to Practice (17. Februar 2020)

ZBW Hamburg, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Raum 243

17. Februar 2020, 10:30-15:30 Uhr

Die Veranstaltung ist kostenfrei.

Im Workshop geht es um das Thema Open Science in der Wirtschaftsforschung. Wir möchten hier unter anderem die Ergebnisse einer Studie präsentieren, die wir kürzlich durchgeführt haben. Darüber hinaus möchten wir mit Ihnen ins Gespräch kommen, um das Thema Open Science in der Wirtschaftsforschung auch für uns als Infrastruktureinrichtung weiterzuentwickeln oder mögliche gemeinsame Projekte zu eruieren.


  • Unter welchen Bedingungen ist Open Science für Sie persönlich attraktiv und wie könnten Sie sich ein persönliches Engagement konkret vorstellen?
  • Die Ergebnisse der Studie zeigen ein großes Interesse an grundsätzlichen Informationen zu Open Science: Welche Informationen würden Ihnen persönlich weiterhelfen?
  • Wie schätzen Sie die Bedeutung von Open Source in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften ein? Gibt es hier noch Potential für eine stärkere Nutzung?


10.30–11.30 Uhr: Welcome Coffee
In dieser Zeit stehen Ihnen Expertinnen und Experten aus der ZBW zur Verfügung, um spezielle Fragen zu beantworten oder Ihnen spezielle Services vorzustellen, z.B. zum Thema Forschungsdaten.

11.30–11.40 Uhr: Begrüßung und Einführung
Klaus Tochtermann, Direktor der ZBW und Professor für digitale Informationsinfrastrukturen

11.40–12.10 Uhr: Überblicksvortrag „Warum Open Science“
Isabella Peters, Professorin für Web Science

12.10–12.20 Uhr: Bericht vom Open-Science-Panel bei der VfS-Jahrestagung
Dr. Willi Scholz, Wissenschaftspolitischer Referent

12.20–12.45 Uhr: Ergebnisse der Umfrage zu Open Science in der Wirtschaftsforschung
Dr. Guido Scherp, Abteilungsleiter Open-Science-Transfer

12.45-13.30 Uhr: Mittagspause

13.30-14.45 Uhr: Diskussion der Forschungsfragen in Kleingruppen

14.45-15.15 Uhr: Präsentation der Ergebnisse

15.15-15.30 Uhr: Wrap-Up and Farewell
Klaus Tochtermann, Direktor der ZBW und Professor für digitale Informationsinfrastrukturen


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VHB ProDok: Applied Regression Analysis (12-15 May 2020)

This course will provide participants who have basic skills in statistics and econometrics with an introduction to current core methods used in the analysis of observational, experimental and quasi-experimental data. The methods covered are widely used in economics and increasingly also required for good publications in top management journals.

The aim is to cover theory and selected applications, but more importantly to introduce participants to the use of statistical software that will allow them to apply the methods discussed in the course to data.

This course covers important methods used in the multivariate analysis of data. The course revisits basic concepts of the linear regression model and its properties and covers selected advanced topics such as the analysis of duration data and (quasi) experimental designs as well as methods to deal with the problems of endogeneity and sample selection. The theoretical basis of these methods is discussed but the focus of the course is on the application of the methods to data sets. Applications will be studied with the help of data provided by the lecturers and with reference to recent publications.

After the course, participants will…

  • have a basic understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of multiple regression models.
  • be able to apply regression methods to the investigation of economic relationships and processes.
  • understand the econometric methods, approaches, ideas, results and conclusions met in the majority of economic books and articles.
  • be aware of common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid when conducting regression analysis.
  • be able to use the software program STATA to carry out empirical analysis based on regression analysis.

Date: May 12 – 15, 2020

ESMT European School of Management and Technology
Room: tbd.
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin

Language: English

Prof. Georg von Graevenitz, Ph.D., Faculty
Queen Mary University of London

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wagner, Faculty
ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin

Registration: Click for information on fees, payment and registration,
or email us: Registration Deadline: 12. April 2020

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VHB ProDok: Approximate Dynamic Programming for Stochastic and Dynamic Decision Problems (23-26 March 2020)

The 4-day course deals with anticipatory methods for dynamic decision making. It will address the following questions:

  • What are the components of dynamic decision processes and how do they interact?
  • How can dynamic decision processes be modeled mathematically?
  • What methods exist in approximate dynamic programming?
  • How can they be applied to different types of problems?

In this course, we describe the process to approach complex stochastic and dynamic decision problems with advanced ADP-methods. We present the required steps from business problem over MDP to the ADP-solutions in detail and give an overview over the most prominent ADP-methods. We especially focus on offline learning methods known as value function approximations. The theoretical content of this course is accompanied by many illustrative examples from the field of logistics and by a serious gaming application.

Date: March 23 – 26, 2020

Location: Technical University of Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Dirk C. Mattfeld
Technical University of Braunschweig

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marlin Ulmer
Technical University of Braunschweig

Registration: Click for information on fees, payment and registration, or email us: Registration Deadline: 23. February 2020

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VHB ProDok: Theoretical Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (30. März – 2. April 2020)

Inhalt und Ziele:

Inhalt des 4-tägigen Workshops sind die Diskussion und das Entwickeln eines gemeinsamen Verständnisses über grundlegende theoretische Ansätze in der CSR-Forschung. Dies soll helfen, den Teilnehmern nicht nur ein fundiertes Verständnis der Forschung zu vermitteln, sondern auch, den State-of-the-Art der Literatur und aufkommende „hot topics“ mit relevanten Forschungsfragen zu verknüpfen. Der Workshop beinhaltet thematische Diskussionen zu verschiedenen Themenfeldern sowie themenübergreifende Inputs durch die Workshopleiter/in z.B. zum Publikationsprozess in der CSR Forschung, Karriereplanung, sowie Einbeziehung von Praktikern in die Forschung.

Der ProDok-Kurs CSR wendet sich in erster Linie an NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen der Betriebswirtschaftslehre, die in ihrer Forschung einen Schwerpunkt auf die Bereiche CSR, unternehmerische Nachhaltigkeit sowie das grundlegende Verhältnis von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft setzen.

30. März – 02. April 2020

Raum SO 104

Prof. Dr. Laura-Marie Edinger-Schons
Universität Mannheim

Associate Prof. Dr. Christopher Wickert
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Anmeldung: Um einen Überblick über die Höhe der Teilnahmegebühr zu erhalten und um sich anzumelden, nutzen Sie bitte diesen Link: Anmeldung  Sie können außerdem eine Email senden.
Anmeldefrist: 1. März 2020

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VHB ProDok: Qualitative Research Methods (10 – 13 March 2020)

This course is designed for doctorate students in business administration who want to use qualitative methods in their research. The basic goal of this course is to provide participants with the methodological foundations and advanced knowledge in qualitative research in business. After attending the course, participants should be able to

  • understand the philosophical and methodological foundations of qualitative research and to classify, differentiate and choose different qualitative research methods;
  • assess goals and purposes, as well as strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research;
  • understand and raise key questions for planning and preparing a qualitative research design, data collection and analysis;
  • identify, analyze and manage core issues during the planning, execution, analysis and writing of qualitative studies;
  • to differentiate rigorous from non-rigorous qualitative management research.

10. – 13. March 2020

Ihnestraße 16-20
14195 Berlin

Course Language: German / English

Prof. Dr. Jana Costas
Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Prof. Dr. Markus Reihlen
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Click for information on fees, payment and registration, or email us:
Registration deadline: 10 Feburary 2020

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