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Disability and Entrepreneurship

Room G05 University House
Thursday 21st April 2016 (11:00-15:00)
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The Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster at the Birmingham Business School is holding this ‘Disability and Entrepreneurship’ workshop to highlight this intersection of two vexed concepts as a place where ideas from disability studies and the business school can meet and interact in a way that has theoretical, as well as practical socio-economic, implications.

This event will combine ongoing work from established and new scholars in this area, drawing upon a range of empirical and theoretical material. Whilst it will be of particular interest to those with an interest in disability and enterprise, it will also be informative to those with other interests in the business school, and disability studies more broadly.


11.00-11.25 Registration and refreshments

11.25 Welcome, Tom Coogan

11.30-12.00 Ghosts in the labour market: reasons why business schools should be doing disability research. Debbie Foster (Cardiff Business School)

12.00-12.30 Experiences of people on a scheme to aid disabled entrepreneurs. Tom Coogan (Birmingham Business School)

12.30-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.30 Constructing an intersectional lens to explore the experiences of disabled women entrepreneurs. Jannine Williams (University of Bradford School of Management) and Nicola Patterson (Newcastle Business School)

13.30-14.00 Faceless business? How disabled entrepreneurs acquire legitimacy. Eva Kasperova (Kingston Business School)

14.00-14.10 Coffee

14.10-15.00 Panel discussion Chair: Monder Ram

15.00 Closing remarks


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