24 February, 2011
The Future of Global Development: Is It In Entrepreneurship?
||24th February, 2011|
|Time:||1:15 pm - 2:45 pm|
|Venue:||Conference Room E, Temporary North
Lawn Building, United Nations
Headquarters, New York
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The United Nations University Office at the United Nations is organizing a discussion as part of the Worldwide In New York Series entitled "The Future of Global Development: Is It In Entrepreneurship?" presented by Wim Naudé, Senior Research Fellow and Project Director, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and Robert Strom, Director of Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. This event aims to bring to the fore the most contemporary and pressing issues surrounding development and entrepreneurship. Although much is expected of entrepreneurship, it remains however a misunderstood terrain. The event will draw on a new publication entitled Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (edited by Wim Naudé and published by Palgrave Macmillan, December 2010) and the two year project at UNU-WIDER which led to it. Contributing to this richly dynamic area of research, and emphasizing the importance of institutions for understanding how entrepreneurs can play an innovative role to the greatest benefit of society, the book has been described as "...the single most informative work on the topic of entrepreneurship and economic development in print...a must read", (Prof. Roger R. Stough, George Mason University).
This event, based on the research and the book, will attempt to tackle the following questions:
• What is the nature of economic development and its relationship with various concepts of entrepreneurship?
• What are the main concerns and issues in the measurement of entrepreneurship in relation to development?
• What can we learn from the wider availability of data on entrepreneurship in developing countries?
• How is the relationship between the state and entrepreneurship evolving?
This event comes at a time when global development prospects have been dimmed by rising food prices, debt crises, and fiscal austerity in advanced economies, threats of currency wars, and the dangers of climate change. More and more, citizens in developing countries are relying on innovative private sector-driven initiatives to get by. At the event, Dr. Wim Naudé, editor of the UNU-WIDER publication, will explain with reference to its various chapters why the encouragement of entrepreneurship is important, why the state has a vital role to play, and what can be done to ensure that innovative and productive entrepreneurship flourish.
The UNU is the academic and research arm of the United Nations. The event is part of the UNU Midday Forum Programme, which offers an intimate and informal platform of discussion to the UN permanent missions, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, academia, NGOs and the private sector to exchange ideas on important topics related to the UN.
- Wim Naudé, Senior Research Fellow and Project Director, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)
- Robert Strom, Director of Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
- Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director of United Nations University Office at the UN, New York
Some Background Readings
UNU Policy Brief 4/2010, Promoting Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Policy Challenges., Wim Naudé.
Special Issue (vol 34, no 1, 2010) of the Small Business Economics Journal on Entrepreneurship, Developing Countries and Development Economics; guest edited by Wim Naudé
Special section (vol 22 no 3, 2010) of the European Journal of Development Research on Female Entrepreneurship; guest edited by Wim Naudé and Maria Minniti.
UNU-WIDER Working Paper No. 2010/34, A Model of Destructive Entrepreneurship, Sameeksha Desai, Zoltan Acs, and Utz Weitzel, April 2010
UNU-WIDER Research Paper No. 2009/47, Types of Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth, Erik Stam and André van Stel, November 2009
UNU-WIDER Research Paper No. 2009/45, Entrepreneurship is not a Binding Constraint on Growth and Development in the Poorest Countries, Wim Naudé, September 2009
UNU-WIDER Research Paper No. 2009/12, Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and Policy in Emerging Economies, Roy Thurik, March 2009
UNU-WIDER Research Paper No. 2009/10, Measuring Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries, Sameeksha Desai, March 2009
UNU-WIDER Research Paper No. 2009/07, Entrepreneurship and Quality of Institutions: A Developing-Country Approach, José Ernesto Amorós, February 2009
UNU-WIDER Research Paper No. 2008/20, Entrepreneurship in Economic Development, Wim Naudé, March 2008
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Wim Naudé is Senior Research Fellow and Project Director at UNU-WIDER. He is a graduate in development economics from the University of Warwick (UK) and North-West University (South Africa). His recent research focuses on entrepreneurship, industrialization, spatial economics and the challenges of small island developing countries and fragile states, including their vulnerability and resilience. He is, and has been, member of a number of international networks and advisory bodies including the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the Club de Madrid, the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN). He has served on the Faculty of Brown University's International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) on technology entrepreneurship, and on UNU-EHS' Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability. Previously, he has been Director of the WorkWell Research Unit at North-West University, South Africa, a Council Member of Statistics South Africa, a lecturer and research officer at the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford. Wim has published widely. He has contributed to the World Development Report 2009 and the European Report on Development 2009, and has been guest editor of a number of journal special issues - including of Journal of Development Studies, Small Business Economics, Oxford Development Studies, Journal of International Development and European Journal of Development Research. He is editor of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development that will be published in December 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan, and co-editor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Development, and Understanding Small Island Developing States that will be published early in 2011 by respectively Oxford University Press and Routledge.
Robert Strom is Director of Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, working with the nation's top scholars to advance knowledge in entrepreneurship. Strom also has served on the collegiate and youth entrepreneurship teams during his tenure at the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was a visiting professor at the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and vice president of the National Council on Economic Education. Strom also has been assistant vice president for public affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, president of the Missouri Council on Economic Education, a professor of economics at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a member of the economics department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Strom has written extensively on topics related to entrepreneurship in academic and professional publications. He is co-editor of three books on entrepreneurship and economic growth, and regularly speaks on entrepreneurship to professional and academic audiences. Strom holds a PhD in economics from the University of Cincinnati.
Jean-Marc Coicaud is the Director of the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations Headquarters (New York). He was Senior Academic Officer and Director of Studies at the UNU headquarters (Tokyo) from 1996 to 2003. From 1992 to 1996, he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. A former fellow at Harvard University (Center for International Affairs, Department of Philosophy and Harvard Law School, from 1986 to 1992), Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Legislative Aide with the European Parliament (Financial Committee). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure-Ulm in Paris and has taught at the New School for Social Research (New York). In addition, he has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, D.C.), a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University (Beijing). Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the Sorbonne and a Doctorat d'Etat in philosophy from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris. He has published books in the fields of comparative politics, social and legal theory, international relations and international law.
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