This Forum aims to promote a space for exchange, debate, and construction of knowledge related to the problem of productive development and of SMEs in particular. This Forum is a great opportunity for academics, entrepreneurs, civil servants, support agents and other actors in the business ecosystem to come together and reflect on shared experiences. For this reason, the presentation of research papers and experiences that will contribute to providing answers to the specific problems of SMEs and proposals that lead to promoting their development are accepted.
Opening of the system for uploading abstracts of research papèrs, experiences and posters through the SMEWORLDFORUM.org website.
Deadline for uploading abstracts of research papers, experiences, and posters through the SMEWORLDFORUM.COM website
Deadline for notification of acceptance of abstracts of research papers, experiences and posters. Notification of the final modality of presentation assigned to each work.
Advanced or completed research papers are included. They should include a theoretical foundation, a set of results and conclusions.
Problematization work on methodological aspects, theoretical frameworks, or critical reviews of the state of the art on a specific problem.
Cases of experience or best practices of firms, networks, or institutions that show relevant results for the development and sustainability of SMEs.
At the forefront of ingenuity exists imagination. By nurturing the skill of creative thinking, we gain the tools necessary to create our own success, expand the bounds of our minds, and challenge the limits of systems set in place before us. This tool of creativity is not limited to traditionally artistic fields but is at the disposal of all professionals who dare to invent and create.
When an entrepreneur imagines, they hold the key to building a business where workers thrive, fulfilling their greatest potential. However, a visionary entrepreneur doesn’t stop at dreaming big. Instead, they push forward to execute smart ideas and identify opportunities for growth and innovation. Thinking outside of the box means being able to see with clarity the possible evolution of a business into something that sparks positive change in our communities and inspiration in other people. In these ways, originality and resourcefulness are the fundamental building blocks of creation and, in embracing these elements intrinsic to invention, we can firmly seize our chance to sculpt the future of business.
As we enter a post COVID-19 society, we must ask ourselves: “What does it mean to be an entrepreneur in 2022? What does the future of business look like?” As entrepreneurs wielding the keys of imagination, we have the power to decide. Demands for social equity and responsibility have deeply affected the world as we know it, and the worldwide pandemic has shifted the ways in which we think, navigate, and internalize our everyday lives. From pivoting to working from home, to wearing masks and social distancing, our concept of the workplace and interpersonal relationships has been irrevocably altered.
However, the pandemic has not left us powerless; the astute entrepreneur understands that now is the time to craft our new world with humanity and compassion. We need to reinvent and restructure the business world in a way that supports and empowers individual workers, as well as our communities as a whole. In this new, more inclusive society that we are building together, there are more doors leading to positive change available to us than ever before. With creative entrepreneurship, we have the unique ability to unlock these doors and pioneer forward-thinking businesses for an equitable world. We aim not only to adapt to this post COVID-19 society but also to actively shape it.
In the spirit of innovation, this year the SME World Forum will focus on the theme of Imagine. In particular, on Wednesday of the week of this conference, we will host sessions that highlight and present new academic research exploring the imaginative nature of entrepreneurship. Attendees will participate in discussions based on data to promote more global and inclusive business practices. We invite all researchers in the greater DC area to submit papers discussing entrepreneurship for potential presentation at this event.
On Wednesday evening, we are hosting a Gala to celebrate the SME World Forum Awards recipients.