An expert in entrepreneurship and innovation management, Jean-Jacques Degroof has taught at multiple European business schools. In addition, Jean-Jacques Degroof has contributed to a number of academic gatherings, including the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), where he presented a paper in 2003.
Established by Babson College in 1981, BCERC has evolved into the world’s premier conference for papers on entrepreneurship research, attracting more than 350 scholars who hear more than 220 papers. Held each year in conjunction with an entrepreneurial studies doctoral consortium, this event unites entrepreneurial scholars with successful business leaders.
The 2017 BCERC took place from June 7-10 at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Michael F. Price College of Business and OU Innovation Hub. Sessions covered subjects ranging from the effect of corruption on international entrepreneurs to strategies for managing work-life balance for entrepreneurs. OU business professors Lowell Busenitz, Will Drover, and Jeremy Short delivered the conference’s final remarks.
Jean-Jacques Degroof holds a PhD in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently an independent venture investor and teacher of entrepreneurship in Brussels, Belgium. As part of his prior academic research career, Jean-Jacques Degroof presented a paper entitled “Academic Spin-Off Processes and Types of Ventures in Regions outside High Tech Clusters: the Case of Belgium” at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
The conference is an annual event that has taken place at Babson each year since 1981. The purpose of this event is to provide researchers with a platform through which to share their ideas about entrepreneurship with colleagues and other academics. Over 350 professionals attend the conference each year, and over 220 papers are presented. After the conference ends, the college archives the top 40 papers makes them available on the institution’s website.
Alongside the conference, the college holds a workshop for doctoral students in the field of entrepreneurship in order to allow established and future professionals the opportunity to openly communicate, network, and unite for future endeavors. The next conference will take place June 8-11, 2016, in Norway.