Tonia Warnecke Receives Best Paper Award at International Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

June 12, 2012

Assistant Professor of International Business Tonia WarneckeAssistant Professor of International Business Tonia Warnecke recently received the best conference paper award in the junior scholar category at the International Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in San Servolo, Italy.

The theme of the conference was "Entrepreneurial Strategies and Policies for Economic Growth."

In her paper titled, "Fostering Opportunity-Based Entrepreneurship for Women: A Comparative Study of Policies and Programs in China & India," Warnecke discusses the heterogeneity of entrepreneurship, explaining why participating in some types of entrepreneurial activity does not necessarily imply improvement in living standards for women.

The paper investigates a variety of policies and programs in China and India aiming to support female entrepreneurship. It then assesses which types and structures of programs are more likely to promote upward mobility and opportunity-based entrepreneurship (as opposed to necessity-based entrepreneurship), and which sector of the economy has made the greatest strides toward promoting these types of programs.

Scholars from six continents participated in the International Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship presented the best paper award.

Note about picture: The conference location was only accessible by boat from Venice so the picture of Warnecke in the boat shows her daily commute to the conference.