SRN Research Workshop

The Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at Ghent University as a member of the Scientific Research Network  (SRN) on governance in private firms is pleased to announce this call for papers for the first workshop on governance (WOG) aimed towards young researchers working on papers in the development stage.

This workshop aims at bringing together junior and senior researchers in the fields of Corporate Governance, Family Firms, Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurial Finance to present and discuss current research papers or abstracts in a cordial environment. We would especially like to attract papers at the cross-border of the aforementioned fields, but we invite all empirical and conceptual work that broadly fits into one of these fields. 

Workshop Format

In order to facilitate networking and fruitful exchange, the workshop will be limited to the SRN  members. The workshop will be organized in parallel sessions. Each paper will get a discussant assigned, which will initiate the post-presentation paper discussion. Because great workshops require great discussants, we expect that those scholars who submit a paper will also be willing to act as a discussant.

Program 9 December 2019


To be announced.


Centre For Entrepreneurship Research, UGent. Organizing members: Prof. Dr. Tom Vanacker, Prof. Dr. Mirjam Knockaert, Prof. Dr. Sophie Manigart

Travel information

travel information 


To Ghent (international participants)

From Brussels airport (Zaventem) to Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station:

  • • By taxi: ±75 euro for a taxi with three seats (trip takes approximately 45 minutes).
  • • By train: 17,60 euro per person (trip takes approximately 90 minutes). Two trains to Ghent every hour. (some are direct connection, some require change at Brussels Midi). For a direct connection, take the train to either Brugge, Gent-Sint-Pieters, or Knokke. You must get off the train in Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station.

For more information about the schedule or to book tickets in advance, check and NMBS smartphone app. Remember to buy your ticket before entering the train, in order to prevent fines.


To Ghent (national participants)

From Antwerp: direct train connection (trip takes approximately 1h). Take the train to either De Panne, Poperinge, or Oostende and get off the train in Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station.
From Hasselt: direct connection, or trip requiring 1 change (at Leuven or Brussels Midi). Trip takes approximately 2h. For a direct connection, take the train to either Blankenberge or Gent-Sint-Pieters. Get off the train in in Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station.
For more information about the schedule or to book tickets in advance, check and NMBS smartphone app. Remember to buy your ticket before entering the train, in order to prevent fines.

From Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station to workshop location 

After arrival by train, exit via the main hall (follow the train tracks in descending order when entering the underground passageway). Next, you leave the building through the front entrance. You have arrived at the Maria Hendrikaplein. From there you can:

  • • Walk to the workshop location, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Enter Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde or Tweekerkenstraat 2, 9000 Gent in Google maps to get a route description (walk takes approximately 20 minutes).
  • • Travel by tram: go to the left towards tram platform 2. Buy a single ticket at the ticket machine on the platform or in the ‘Lijnwinkel’, the store and information point in the yellow container building. You need cash (€3 p.p.). Take tram 1 at tram platform 2. Get off the tram at the Veergrep (from Veergrep, walk takes approximately 8 minutes).
  • • Take a taxi @ the kiss and ride under the Maria Hendrikaplein.


The workshop will be hosted at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Tweekerkenstraat 2, 9000 Ghent

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde - UGent - België weergeven op een grotere kaart

Submission Guidelines

Full papers or extended abstracts should be sent to no later than November 18, 2019. Please make sure you include the title of your work, the author(s), affiliation(s) and correct contact information of the corresponding author. The organizing committee will consider both conceptual and empirical papers as well as abstracts that fit in the workshop themes. Authors of accepted papers or abstracts will be informed by November 25, 2019. Scholars submitting a paper will also be automatically assigned the role of discussant in another paper presentation and receive the work to be reviewed by November 27, 2019.

Workshop Registration

This workshop is targeted towards Ph.D. and Post-Doc researchers. However, also senior SRN members are encouraged to participate in the workshop. Participants are required to register and confirm their participation on the following website: 
and this between September 16, 2019 and November 18, 2019. Participation in this workshop is free of charge and includes lunch (with a vegetarian option). However, participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidental expenses.

Important Dates

Registration opening:   September 16, 2019
Deadline for submission paper/extended abstract by email*:
*Papers should be submitted through

November 18, 2019

End of registration:

November 18, 2019

Communication of paper/extended abstract acceptance: 

November 25, 2019

Distribution of papers to discussants: 

November 27, 2019


For any further information, please consult

We are looking forward to seeing you in Ghent!