Second L.I.F.E Conference to explore religion, entrepreneurship in April

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The Department of Entrepreneurship, the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship, and the Leading the Integration of Faith and Entrepreneurship (L.I.F.E.) Research Lab in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University are pleased to organize the 2nd Annual Leading the Integration of Faith and Entrepreneurship (L.I.F.E.) Research Conference.

The L.I.F.E. Research Conference, directed by Dr. Brett Smith, is one of the first international conferences to advance research at the intersection of faith and entrepreneurship. Building on increased academic research activity and extensive interest from participants in last year’s L.I.F.E. Research Conference, this year’s conference is designed to advance the research conversation of the relationship between religious faith and entrepreneurship.

Past speakers include: Ted Baker, Lowell Busenitz, Melissa Cardon, Dawn DeTienne, Elaine Hollensbe, Jeff Hornsby, Peter Klein, Tom Lumpkin, Jeff McMullen, Kent Miller, Mitchell Neubert, Roy Suddaby, and David Townsend among others came together to discuss how to advance this research conversation. During the conference, Roy Suddaby, stated the inaugural conference was “important because it introduce(d) a conversation that was long overdue.”

The hope for the 2022 conference is to continue the conversation, to advance practically relevant, academically rigorous research toward publication in premiere entrepreneurship and management journals. "Over the past year, we’ve seen important progress at this intersection with publications in leading entrepreneurship and management journals," Smith said. "Additional traction can be seen in the launch of a special issue in Small Business Economics on Religion & Entrepreneurship."

Building on this momentum, the conference will include:

  • Debates and dilemmas
  • Research pitch competition
  • Panel discussion by special issue editors
  • Paper development opportunities
  • Keynote speakers
  • PDW session on theory elaboration

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Learn more about the L.I.F.E. Program or the 1st LIFE Conference