Guidlines for Panel Sessions by 6GRR8e58


									   11th International Entrepreneurship Forum, 2012

Guidelines for Parallel Panel Sessions (NOT plenary sessions)

General Points:
The Chair of panel to:

   a) Explain the scope and purpose of the panel session (as per the notes below for
      each session); 5 minutes;

   b) Introduce the topic from your own perspective – 5 mins;

   c) ask each panellist to introduce themselves (by name and affiliation only) and
      then their ideas (not in terms of who they are or what they do but essentially
      in terms of the topic of the session; each panel member to suggest no more
      than two big ideas relating to the topic (15 minutes or 3 minutes each for 5
      panel members);

   d) pick 2 key points each panellist has made and encourage discussion on those
      points among all panel members by asking questions as chair (no more than 5
      questions) 15 minutes;

   e) after each ‘set of 2 key points’ elicit a couple of responses from the audience
      (brief responses only) 15 minutes;

   f) after all points have been covered summarise the key issues that have emerged
      and wind up the session 5 minutes.


   1. No power point presentations please (this is a discussion forum); if any panel
      member has a presentation then please request paper copies to be distributed in
      advance to the audience;
   2. please refer and communicate with your rapporteur (to be identified for you)
      to ensure notes are taken in a manner which covers the key issues

Specific Panel Related Issues
The notes below include points that could be discussed by the panellists for each
session. Panellists are strongly encouraged to go through these issues (as they apply to
their panel) and prepare their contributions accordingly at the conference. But note the
notes do not constitute a definitive prescription – they act as a guide to enable
coherent and meaningful debate and discussion.

Panel 1: Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Scope and Coverage: Key Issues (this is only a guide!)

        Some key factors and fundamentals of sustainability – what we do now which
         can survive the future (environmental, economic, social, organisational)
        How can entrepreneurship be sustainable? Both have something to do with
         what you do now which has implications for the future ( entrepreneurship =
         organisation of resources for new products/ services for the future;
         sustainability = something which can stand the test of time but also generate
        Entrepreneurship and Innovation deal with novelty, uncertainty and
         complexity – how is it possible to generate sustainability in uncertain and
         complex environments?
        How do new small firms deal with sustainability? Is there much difference
         between what small firms do and what medium sized and large firms have to
         be taken into consideration?
        Is sustainable entrepreneurship of particular relevance to emerging and
         developing economies?

Panel 2: Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education, Research and

Scope and Coverage: Key issues (this is only a guide)

        What are the key or topical issues for research, teaching and training in
         sustainable entrepreneurship?
        What priority can or should be given to these issues in the curriculum in
         research and training portfolios for educational institutions and corporate
        Who should take responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness of these
        When should education and training begin? At school level? Should it be part
         of CPD?
        Can these initiatives be made to fit into existing currciula or should new ones
         be designed?
        How can information technology help with the research and education
        How can public policy help? Should be there be policy directives for such


Panel 3: Sustainability, Technology and Innovation

Scope and Coverage: Key Issues (this is a guide)

        How do businesses cope efficiently and effectively with sustainability in the
         wake of continuous and rapid technological change?
        What are sustainable technologies? How does sustainability help to encourage
        Can rapid technological change disrupt strategies for sustainability? If so how?
         What can be done to ensure the sustainability agenda?
        How important is the design of new business models to enable adoption of
         technological change while affording sustainability?
        What changes are necessary for businesses to make when considering the
         adoption of for example environmental issues and green technologies?
        How can government policy support and facilitate technology development,
         innovation and sustainability?


Panel 4: Sustainability and Society

Scope and Coverage: Key Issues (this is only a guide)

        To what extent is sustainability a critical issue for society now and in the
        How do citizens, communities, business and government work together to
         create and sustain sustainable societies?
        Are social enterprises the best vehicles for promoting sustiainability in
        What is common good and how can we sustain the idea of the common or
         public good?
        Does philanthropy play a part in sustaining innovation in society?
        How does social innovation and how do social networks promote
         sustainability in society?
        How can Governments help to develop sustainable societies in a globally
         connected market place?

Panel 5: Effective Public Policies for Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Scope and Coverage: Key Issues (this is a guide)

        How can government help to promote sustainable entrepreneurship?
        What is the role of smart policy development and planning for sustainable
         entrepreneurship and innovation?
        What role does governance play in enabling sustainable entrepreneurship?
        How can government help to address information asymmetries to establish
         effective policies for sustainable entrepreneurship?
        Can excessive policy development and planning kill off opportunities and
         creativity for sustainable development?
        How can government policy promote both sustainable entrepreneurship and
         economic growth at the same time?

Panel 6: The Networked Enterprise

Scope and Coverage: Key Issues (this is a guide)

        Are networks critical for sustainable enterprise development?
        To what extent is social capital development crucial for sustainability and
         entrepreneurship development?
        How best can growing ventures embed their activities in society and social
         usefulness using social networks?
        How do global businesses embed their growing ventures through business and
         social networks in societies where they operate?
        Are global networks under threat in our current economic climate?
        In what way can businesses and government s work together to sustain global
         networks or should they focus more on encouraging local networks?


August, 2012

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