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Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre (GEDC)

Welcome to the Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre (GEDC). The GEDC is a virtual global community on entrepreneurship research.

It is the mission of the GEDC to raise levels of knowledge, theory and practice on entrepreneurship globally through the promotion of research activity worldwide.

The initial partners in the GEDC include:

  • Kingston University, UK
  • UNC Charlotte, USA
  • Robert Gordon University, UK
  • St Gallen University, Switzerland
  • Turku University, Finland
  • Zhejiang University, China

Members of the GEDC are involved in joint research programmes, organising joint PhD workshops and conferences, faculty exchanges and cooperation among PhD students.  This may also lead to educational programme co-operation. The GEDC is linked to the well-established Small Business Research Centre which helps underpin its activities.

New partners from 2016:

  • EGADE Tec de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
  • University of Chile, Chile
  • Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
  • Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Tel Hai University, Israel
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Universidad Austral, Chile
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Universidad de Valencia, Spain

The first GEDC conference took place during October 2016. Find out more below.

New Frontiers in International Entrepreneurship: Research and Practice
5–7 October 2016
Kingston Business School, London, UK

Wednesday 5 October
2.00pm - Registration and welcome
Conference Chair and Director GEDC, Kingston University
Professor Ronald Tuninga, Pro Vice Chancellor, Enterprise and Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Kingston University

2.15pm–4.15pm - Plenary session
Professors Pavlos Dimitratos (Glasgow), Kevin Ibeh (London), Pervez Ghauri (Birmingham) and Zhongming Wang (Zhejiang): "IE and SMEs internationalization: new directions in developed and emerging economies".
5.00pm–8.00pm - Welcome reception
Thursday 6 October
9.30am–10.30am - Practitioners and policy makers session
11.00am–1.00pm - Papers sessions
1.00pm - Lunch and social networking
2.00pm–4.30pm - Papers sessions
5.30pm - Conference dinner (Comptoir Libanais 2A Riverside Walk, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1QN)
Friday 7 October
9.30am–11.00am - Papers sessions
11.00am–11.40am - Final remarks, best paper awards and next GEDC conference
Free afternoon
Fee and registration
Conference fee for non-GEDC members: £200
GEDC members (listed in the GEDC website) and track chairs: Free
PhD students presenting a paper at the conference: Free
Conference hotel:
Kingston Lodge Hotel: Book under the GEDC-Kingston University Conference, £90 per room (breakfast included)
Brook Hotels, 94 Kingston Hill, Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7NP
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8541 4481
GEDC conference contact:
Valerie Thorne (

Contact us

Prof Robert Blackburn
Associate Dean for Research
Kingston Business School

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
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