L.I.F.E. Research Conference 2021

1st Annual Research Conference on Faith and Entrepreneurship

About The Event

The 1st Annual L.I.F.E. Research Conference will be held virtually to encourage research at the intersection of Faith and Entrepreneurship. The conference will include keynote speakers and panel breakout sessions led by leading scholars from around the world whose work focuses on entrepreneurship, religious faith, and the integration of faith and the entrepreneurship. We are incredibly excited for the conference to highlight past, current, and future work that both encourages and challenges scholars, and facilitates a community for scholars across disparate, yet surprisingly related fields of faith and entrepreneurship.
Where:
The 2021 Conference Will Be Held Virtually
When:
April 8, 2021, 9am-2:30pm EST
Conference Schedule
April 8, 2021 (all times are EST time zone)
  • 9:00 - 9:15am

    Opening Remarks and Welcome

    • Dr. Brett Smith - Miami University
    • Dr. Jenny Darroch - Miami University

  • 9:15 - 9:45am

    Keynote - Faith and Entrepreneruship?

    • Dr. Jeffery McMullen - Indiana University

  • 9:45 - 10:45am

    Concurrent Panel Breakout Sessions

    Room A - Identity: Challenges and Opportunities

    • Facilitator: Dr. Tom Lumpkin - University of Oklahoma
    • Dr. Ted Baker - Rutgers University
    • Dr. Melissa Cardon - University of Tennessee
    • Dr. Michael Conger - Miami University
    • Dr. Charles Murnieks - University of Missouri, Kansas City
    • Dr. Brett Smith - Miami University

     

    Room B - How Does Faith Encourage, Suppress, or Change Entrepreneurship?

    • Facilitator: Dr. Dawn DeTienne - Colorado State University
    • Dr. Saulo Dubard Barbosa - EM-LYON
    • Dr. Bruno Dyck - University of Manitoba
    • Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund - Rice University
    • Dr. Jeffrey Hornsby - University of Missouri, Kansas City
    • Dr. Scott Newbert - Baruch College, CUNY
    • Dr. Praveen Parboteeah - University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

  • 10:45 - 11:00am

    BREAK

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Concurrent Panel Breakout Sessions

    Room A - Entrepreneurship and Faith: A Diversity of Religious Perspectives

    • Facilitator: Dr. Jessica Jones - University of Tennessee
    • Dr. Ali Aslan Gümüsay - University of Hamburg
    • Dr. Benyamin Lichtenstein - University of Massachusetts
    • Dr. Mitchell Neubert - Baylor University
    • Dr. Kathryn Pavolivch - University of Waikato
    • Dr. Ronald Purser - San Francisco State University

     

    Room B - How Integration Reframes Religious and Entrepreneurial Antecedents, Processes, and Outcomes

    • Facilitator: Dr. Ted Baker - Rutgers University
    • Dr. Lowell Busenitz - University of Oklahoma
    • Dr. Dawn DeTienne - Colorado State University
    • Dr. Tom Lumpkin - University of Oklahoma
    • Dr. Jared Peifer - Baruch College, CUNY
    • Dr. Yolanda Sarason - Colorado State University
    • Dr. Devin Singh - Dartmouth College

  • 12:00 - 12:15pm

    BREAK

  • 12:15 - 1:15pm

    Concurrent Panel Breakout Sessions

    Room A - Faith and Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Sociology and Strategy

    • Facilitator: Dr. Scott Newbert - Baruch College, CUNY
    • Dr. Jonathan Arthurs - Oregon State University
    • Dr. Jessica Jones - University of Tennessee
    • Dr. Phillip Kim - Babson College
    • Dr. David Townsend - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Dr. Brandon Vaidyanathan - Catholic University of America

     

    Room B - Challenges and Opportunities of Publishing Faith-Related Research in Premiere Journals

    • Facilitator: Dr. Melissa Cardon - University of Tennessee
    • Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund - Rice University
    • Dr. Ali Aslan Gümüsay - University of Hamburg
    • Dr. Elaine Hollensbe - University of Cincinnati
    • Dr. Kent Miller - Michigan State University
    • Dr. Jeffery McMullen - Indiana University
    • Dr. Peter Klein - Baylor University

  • 1:15 - 1:30pm

    BREAK

  • 1:30 - 2:15pm

    Keynote - Entrepreneurship, Religion, and Re-enchantment of the World

    • Dr. Roy Suddaby - University of Victoria

  • 2:15 - 2:30pm

    Closing Remarks

    • Dr. Brett Smith - Miami University

Conference Hosts
Leading the Integration of Faith and Entrepreneurship (L.I.F.E.) Research Lab: Established at Miami University in 2018 and led by the department of entrepreneurship’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Leading the Integration of Faith and Entrepreneurship (L.I.F.E.) Research Lab was founded to create practically-relevant and academically-rigorous knowledge at the intersection of faith and entrepreneurship. L.I.F.E, open to all faiths and inter-faith examinations, supports research in this important nexus and builds on Miami University’s leading position as a research pioneer in the area of social entrepreneurship.
LIFE WEBSITE
Winner of the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award given annually to the top entrepreneurship program and institute in the world, the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship has been ranked in the “Top 10 Undergraduate Public Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies” in the nation for 13 consecutive years by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review. The Altman Institute is also recognized as an Ohio Center of Excellence and includes the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, past winner of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Model Program Award and internationally recognized for its award-winning programs that seek to apply innovative solutions to persistent social problems.
ALTMAN INSTITUTE WEBSITE

Invited Speakers

Jonathan Arthurs
  • Associate Dean for Research and Faculty, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Jonathan Arthurs
Oregon State University
Ted Baker
  • Professor and George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneruship
  • BIO
Ted Baker
Rutgers University
Saulo Dubard Barbosa
  • Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Saulo Dubard Barbosa
EMLYON Business School
Lowell Busenitz
  • Michael F. Price Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Lowell Busenitz
University of Oklahoma
Melissa Cardon
  • Nestle Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • BIO
Melissa Cardon
University of Tennessee
Michael Conger
  • Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Michael Conger
Miami University
Dawn DeTienne
  • Professor of Strategy/Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Dawn DeTienne
Colorado State University
Bruno Dyck
  • Full Professor
  • BIO
Bruno Dyck
University of Manitoba
Elaine Howard Ecklund
  • Professor Sociology
  • BIO
Elaine Howard Ecklund
Rice University
Ali Aslan Gümüsay
  • Head of Research Group: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Society
  • BIO
Ali Aslan Gümüsay
University of Hamburg
Elaine Hollensbe
  • Professor of Management
  • BIO
Elaine Hollensbe
University of Cincinnati
Jeffrey Hornsby
  • Chair - Entrepreneruship and Innovation, Director - Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovtion
  • BIO
Jeffrey Hornsby
University of Missouri Kansas City
Jessica Jones
  • Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Jessica Jones
University of Tennessee
Phillip Kim
  • Professor of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Phillip Kim
Babson College
Peter Klein
  • Professor and Department Chair for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation at Baylor University
  • BIO
Peter Klein
Baylor University
Benyamin Lichtenstein
  • Associate Professor of Management
  • BIO
Benyamin Lichtenstein
University of Massachusets
Tom Lumpkin
  • Professor of Entrepreneurship, Michael F. Price Chair in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
  • BIO
Tom Lumpkin
University of Oklahoma
Jeff McMullen
  • David H. Jacobs Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Jeffery McMullen
Indiana University
Kent Miller
  • Professor of Management
  • BIO
Kent Miller
Michigan State University
Charles Murnieks
  • Associate Professor, A. Gottlieb Chair of Strategic Management
  • BIO
Charles Murnieks
University of Missouri Kansas City
Mitch Neubert
  • Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business; Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
  • BIO
Mitchell Neubert
Baylor University
Scott Newbert
  • Lawrence N. Field Chair in Entrepreneurship and the Academic Director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Scott Newbert
Baruch College, CUNY
Praveen Parboteeah
  • Distinguished Professor
  • BIO
Praveen Parboteeah
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Kathryn Pavlovich
  • Professor of Strategic Management
  • BIO
Kathryn Pavlovich
University of Waikato
Jared Peifer
  • Assistant Professor of Management
  • BIO
Jared Peifer
Baruch College, CUNY
Ronald Purser
  • Professor of Management
  • BIO
Ronald Purser
San Francisco State University
Yolanda Sarason
  • Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Yolanda Sarason
Colorado State University
Devin Singh
  • Associate Professor of Religion
  • BIO
Devin Singh
Dartmouth College
Brett Smith
  • Cintas Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
Brett Smith
Miami University
Roy Suddaby
  • Professor, Winspear Chair of Management
  • BIO
Roy Suddaby
University of Victoria
David Townsend
  • Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • BIO
David Townsend
Virginia Tech University
Brandon Vaidyanathan
  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • BIO
Brandon Vaidyanathan
Catholic University of America

Event Sponsors

Our thanks to the generous sponsors who made this event possible