SIEF: In conversation with Prof Saras Sarasvathy

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Societal Innovation and Enterprise Forum (SIEF) 'in conversation with' to explore ideas on entrepreneurship and small business post-Covid.

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SIEF invites you to a one-to-one conversation between Professor Slavica Singer and Professor Saras Sarasvathy.

This 'in conversation with' event will explore Sarasvathy's effectuation theory in the context of the pandemic and how the entrepreneurial response across societies and economies will take account of the 'new normal'. Topics for discussion include:

  • How the lockdown has prompted a re-thinking of being entrepreneurial as people re-assess their time spent at work, in business, with family and their contribution to society and community?
  • With the resource changes imposed by the pandemic, how Sarasvathy's Pilot-in-the-plane view for effectuation will enable a different way of thinking about the resources needed for entrepreneurial action?
  • How the hubris of the 'fake it until you make it' culture in Silicon Valley, e.g. the Theranos scandal, is distorting how we understand the entrepreneurial endeavour and what this means for theories of entrepreneurship?

A brief guide to effectuation

The 'in conversation with' webinars are hosted by the Societal Innovation and Enterprise Forum (SIEF) which has its roots in the Durham Symposium held in 2015 to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Small Business Centre created by Prof Allan Gibb. It’s aims, in Allan’s words, are to “act as a catalyst for social and economic innovation, stimulate debate and innovative thinking, develop new models and programmes, thereby contributing to inclusive and sustainable regional development, and harnessing the contribution of the independently owner managed business and other stakeholders.” SIEF stands as a lasting testimony to this bold vision. Hosted by Dr Susan Frenk at St Aidan’s College, Durham University, the SIEF will also provide the home for the celebration event for Allan in September 2022.

Watch videos of the SIEF Series 1 webinars - click links below:

Watch videos of the SIEF Series 2 webinars - click links below:

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Please note this event will be recorded and the video of the panel discussion made available to watch on the SIEF YouTube channel after the event.

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The SIEF series of webinars and events are held to build on the ideas of Professor Allan Gibb (1939-2019) who was a pioneering thinker in entrepreneurship and small business development. The International Small Business Journal features an obituary about Allan, the Small Business Centre he founded and his extensive writing and research legacy.

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SIEF is hosting a series of Webinars. Series 1 covers four key themes informed by Allan’s work but set in the context of shaping our responses to Covid-19: what this means for entrepreneurship, the small business lifeworld and the leadership required from our universities. Series 2 will focus on the lifeworld of the small business entrepreneur, and consider the economic policy challenges for SMEs and reflect on their experiences to inform global policy and practice.

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