Professor Murray will address delegates in Helsinki

Business School Professor to give keynote address in Finland

Gordon Murray, Professor of Entrepreneurship, is giving the opening day keynote address at the Nordic Entrepreneurship Conference, being held in Helsinki on the 27-28 October 2011.

The conference has been organised by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the Ministry of Education and Culture as part of the Finnish Programme for the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011.

The main themes of the event are the challenges and opportunities the Nordic countries face in relation to growth entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. The conference will focus on the difficulties that are common to entrepreneurs in all Nordic countries.

Professor Murray will share his in-depth knowledge of the enterprise and innovation policy issues facing developed Western economies in his talk. He will look at what contribution academic research has and continues to make to a better understanding of the dynamics of high growth, young firms. However, he will also identify the difficulties that can occur when academic researchers seek to ‘engage’ with the politically charged, policy making process. These challenges occur in large part because of the very different environments which academics and politically led policy makers inhabit.  Murray suggests that if policy makers come from Mars, most academic researchers are still firmly domiciled on Venus.

The event will be conducted in English and is free to attend. More details can be found on the conference website

Date: 12 October 2011

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