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College of Business Professor Shares Insights on Entrepreneurship Around the World

Submitted: 12/7/2009 17:12:01
  • UC Entrepreneurship Professor, Dr. Charles H. Matthews, literally went around the world in nine days to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education during the 2009 Global Entrepreneurship Week. Dr. Matthews shared insights on policy for small business in times of crises and the importance of small business and entrepreneurship in a global economy, as well as findings from recently completed research on small business exporting.

 National Museum Budapest, Hungary at Night
University of Cincinnati (UC)Entrepreneurship Professor, Dr. Charles H. Matthews, literally went around the world in nine days to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education during the 2009 Global Entrepreneurship Week. Setting out from the University of Cincinnati on Tuesday November 17th, Dr. Matthews flew via Chicago and Frankfurt to Budapest, Hungary for the first of four entrepreneurship keynotes and presentations he would give in Hungary and China before returning home Thanksgiving Day.

November 16, 2009 marked the beginning Global Entrepreneurship Week and thousands of celebrations worldwide designed to inspire and promote innovation, creativity, and imagination to promote entrepreneurship. It is estimated that more that three million people and 9,000 organizations planned activities between November 16-22.

Mr. LU Feicheng, Chairman of the Qingdao Feiyang Vocational and Technical College, visits UC in October.
L to R: Mr. Lu, Dr. Charles H. Matthews, and Michelle Heyu (interpreter) 
In Cincinnati, Entrepreneurship Professor Dr. Tom Dalziel presented, "Positioning for Growth: The Value of Advisory Boards" during SURGE, a day long event hosted by the Cincinnati chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) for Global Entrepreneur Week. The event sponsored by Cincinnati Magazine and the Cincinnati Chapter of EO was on November 19th at the Phoenix Hotel in downtown Cincinnati also featured UC's Goering Center President, Mr. Larry Grypp.





Entrepreneurship Policy Forum and RENT XXIII

In Budapest, Dr. Matthews addressed the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship on "Small and Medium Enterprise Policy in Times of Crisis." The policy forum held at the prestigious Corvinus University on the banks of the Danube River, included distinguished speakers: Professor David Smallbone, Kingston University who served as Moderator, as well as: Mr. Zoltán Mester (State Secretary for Economic Development, Ministry for National Development and Economy, Hungary); Dr. Tom Cooney (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship); Mr. Emmanouil Schizas, (ACCA, UK); and Dr. Charles H. Matthews
 L to R: Mr. LU Feicheng, Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Dr. Douglas North, Dr. Charles H. Matthews, Mr. Sanjay Rupani prior to the opening of the forum.
(University of Cincinnati, USA and Immediate Past President of the International Council for Small Business).

This session covered the effects of the crisis on the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector; the policy responses of government; and evidence of the impact of the adequacy of the government responses. "SME's are struggling, but well positioned to lead our respective nations through the recession," noted Dr. Matthews in his remarks to over 75 delegates. "Policy makers, however, must be vigilant not to worsen the situation by making policy that is misaligned with need."

While in Budapest, Dr. Matthews also presented his findings on "Cognitive and Demographic Antecedents of Export Intentionality Among Nascent Entrepreneurs" at the leading European Entrepreneurship Research Conference, RENT XXIII. Over 220 entrepreneurship researchers and scholars from around the world participated in the two day conference. Using data from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED I), Dr. Matthews and his co-author, Dr. Imane Khayat from the University of Versailles ? Saint Quentin, presented their findings showing support for a number of their proposed antecedent relationships to the intention to export, including age, innovative decision style, personal realization, risk taking attitude, and having a hi-technology focus.

Leaving Budapest Saturday morning and flying on via Frankfurt to Beijing and on to Qingdao, China, Dr. Matthews was honored to provide the opening keynote remarks as part of a distinguished panel for the first "Lun Ban Global Entrepreneurship Forum" held in Qingdao, China. The conference was organized by Mr. LU Feicheng, one of China's most successful entrepreneurs and founder of Feiyang Vocational and Technical College in Qingdao.

Leading off the panel session, Dr. Matthews spoke to the over 800 attendees on the "The Importance of Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy," including outlining key areas for future directions in Entrepreneurship theory, practice, and education. The distinguished panel included Zhuxiu Zhang, Sector Director, Shangdong Provincial Personnel Department; Yanzhi Wang, Vice-Secretary, China Industrial Association; Gang Zhang, Professor and Vice-Director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Research, Zhejiang University; Jianguo Wang, Professor and Director New Market Economy Management Research Center, Peking University; Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director, ICSB; Yanmei Zhang, Vice-President, Feiyang Vocational and Technical College; Douglas McKay North, President, Alaska Pacific University, and Sanjay Rupani, Assistant Professor, Stern School, New York University.


L to R: Michelle Heyu (interpreter), Assoc. Dean Gang Zhang, Mr. LU Feicheng, Dr. Charles H. Matthews, Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Dean WU Xiaobo, Dr. Jianwen Liao visit on the campus of Zhejiang University. 

Dr. Matthews was joined in Beijing by Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and an Assistant Research Professor at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He focused his remarks on the cultivation of entrepreneurial leadership. Dr. Matthews is the Immediate Past President of the ICSB and together they also explored with Mr. LU the possibilities of establishing a new affiliate of ICSB in China. The ICSB currently has 12 Affiliates around the world, representing over 70 countries and 2,000 members. During Dr. Matthews' ICSB Presidency, the Council added a new affiliate in the Mid-East, ICSB-Egypt, under the direction of the Mid-East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE). October 19th, Dr. Matthews had the honor of speaking at the inaugural MCSBE Entrepreneurship Conference with the theme "Promoting Entrepreneurship in Global Economy: The Role of Education, Policy, and Research." Dr. Matthews spoke on the topic "Developing Innovative Programs in Entrepreneurship Education and Research: Engaging the Community."


 Dr. Charles Matthews, Executive Director of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research, delivers a symposium on Entrepreneurship Education at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

Flying on to Hangzhou, China, the next day, Dr. Matthews was honored to address a group of faculty and students at Zhejiang University on the "Future Directions of Entrepreneurship Education," as well as on opportunities to be a part of the global knowledge, global network of ICSB. The 55th Anniversary World Conference of the ICSB will be hosted by the University of Cincinnati 24-27 June 2010. Over 500 delegates from around the world will present research papers, workshops, symposia, as well as participate in a doctoral student consortium. Dr. Matthews and Dr. Tarabishy were joined at Zhejiang Universtiy by Dr. Jianwen Liao, Illinois Institute of Technology, who also presented his research on teams and nascent venture start-up on data from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics.

While in Xiandu, China, Dr. Matthews and Dr. Tarabishy also met with local civic and business leaders, as well as company visits, including a visit to one of Mr. LU Feicheng's mountain top tea farms. After concluding additional talks on establishing an ICSB Affiliate in China, they flew out of Beijing on November 26th in time to make it home for Thanksgiving Day.

 L to R: Back row: Mr. LU Feicheng, Dr. Charles Matthews, Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy; front row: Mr. Richard Shen, Michelle Heyu (interpreter), and Xie Wusheng visit one of Mr. LU's mountain top tea farms.

"From the Ohio to the Nile to the Danube to the Yangtze Rivers, it was an incredible journey and opportunity to explore and contribute to the growing phenomenon of global entrepreneurship," commented Dr. Matthews.