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Country: Denmark
City : Kolding
Start date: 24-04-2018
End date: 27-04-2018

Dear SPACE members,

I have the privilege to invite you to the SPACE conference, which will be held in Kolding from April 24 till 26th April 2018.

As the President of the IBA International Business Academy, it is a great honour to host this event of the SPACE network of higher education institutions.

The conference theme “Fostering social impact by linking HEI research to entrepreneurship” is very much in line with IBAs approach to stimulate entrepreneurial synergies, while functioning as an integrated knowledge partner in the local public and business environment.

We are open for new ideas and experiences within this field and we are looking forward to discuss our approach with you.

IBA has been a member of the SPACE community for several years now and through this international network, we have found both inspiration and project partners. The SPACE Conference settings offers you great opportunities to connect with new people and to gain insight and update your knowledge in different areas, through meetings with colleagues, researchers and keynote speakers.

So please join the conference, build new relations and enjoy your visit in Kolding and the Region of Southern Denmark.


Best regards,

Niels Egelund


Our school has around 4,700 students – represented by 1,500 full time students and 3,200 students on the professional development courses. All supported by 120 permanent staff members and 80 freelance teachers and lecturers. We offer higher education programs at AP, Professional Bachelor and Master’s levels, within areas such as finance, sales and marketing, communication, technology and web, production and management, amongst others.

IBA connects with over 85 universities and institutions across the globe, from overseas or far-flung countries such as China, South Korea, Brazil and America, to European countries such as England, France, Spain and Romania.

We are active members of the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS). Study trips, student and employee exchanges, as well as conferences and development projects, are all organized through this network of international partners. IBA students also take part in international case competitions.

IBA also host IBA Confucius Classroom (IBACC). IBACC was established in October 2015 between Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance and IBA International Business Academy.

The IBACC is supported by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, China.

The aim of IBACC is to strengthen educational and business cooperation between China and Denmark, as well as to support and promote the development of Chinese language education.

The venue takes place at:



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24 April 2018

Dear participants,

Below you can find the draft programme of the 2018 SPACE Network Conference. This programme will be updated regularly over the next few weeks.



Time Activity


  09:30 – 10:00 Welcome coffee + Registration participants
  10:00 – 11:30 Annual General Meeting + elections
  11:30 – 12:00 Speaker’s corner
Cafeteria 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
 Auditorium – room 255 13:00 – 13:30 Opening session
 Auditorium – room 255 13:30 – 14:15 Keynote speech by Armando Pires, vice-president of EURASHE ”R&I at UAS – a reflection on challenges, opportunities, difficulties and threats”
14:15 – 15:45 Workshop Charlotta Johnsson
 Room 214 Rectors and R&D people (by invitation only)
Corridors 15:45 – 16:00 Poster session + Coffee break
16:00 – 19:00 China Business Forum (registration required)
  19:30 – 22:00 Board dinner

25 April 2018


Time Activity



09:00 – 09:40

Welcome and coffee

09:40 – 11:00

Session 1 (4 papers)

09:40 – 10:00 Paper presentation Ilgiz Sinagatullin, Anabela Mesquita ”The impact of globalization on education”
10:00 -10:20 Paper presentation Zeta Dooly, Aidan O’Driscoll, Aidan Duane ”Network Embeddedness in European Aquaculture networks”
10:20 – 10:40 Paper presentation Marja-Liisa Kakkonen ”Perceptions of generic entrepreneurial competences of the first-year business students”
10:40 – 11:00 Paper presentation Inga Backmann ”Development of students’ Intercultural Competencies on higher educational institutions”

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:00

Presentation by Jörg Holle (EAPRIL)  “Practitioner Research as a form of (social) learn startup”

12:00 – 13:30

Workshop by Birgit Pitscheider  “Strengthen Your Strengths:Learn about, Present and Feel Confident about Your Strengths”


13:30 – 14:30


14:30 – 16:00

Session 2 (4 papers)

14:30 – 15:00 Video paper presentation from Brazil: Fabricio Piurcosky, Jeferson Ferreira, Felipe Flausino De Oliveira ”The possible motivations of foreign acquirers in Brazilian higher education”
15:00 – 15:20 Paper presentation Mahdokht Sedaghat, Peter Lei and Shuyi Zhang ”Entrepreneurs’ motives shaped by socioeconomic and country effects China and Denmark”
15:20 – 15:40 Paper presentation Igor Novakovic ”Economic innovativity as a crucial convergence determinant of countries of different levels of economic development”
15:40 – 16:00 Paper presentation Teresa Felgueira, Ricardo Rodrigues ”Entrepreneurial Orientation, Market Orientation and Performance of Teachers and Researchers from Higher Education Institutions”

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30

Session 3 (3 papers)

16:30 – 16:50 Paper presentation Elisa Figueiredo, Teresa Paiva ”Senior Entrepreneurship – An Analysis in the Northern Region in Portugal”
16:50 – 17:10 Paper presentation Mikael Forsström, Mirko Ahonen, Magnus Westerlund, Jonas Tana, Ira Jeglinsky-Kankainen ”Determining an influence in the adoption readiness of extended reality technology through educational studies”
17:10 – 17:30 Paper presentation Marke Kivijärvi, Mari Suoranta, Päivi Patja “What do you want from us?” – University scientists’ perceptions of stakeholder support for commercialization

17:30 – 18:00

Annemie’s project presentation “The new theme for Erasmus+: research and innovation with focus on regional development”


Gala dinner

26 April 2018

Room/ location

Time Activity

Subject: “Experiencing new learning spaces”



Bus leaves at IBA

09:00 Visit Lego House Presentation Lego, presentation entrepreneur, group discussions

Jelling Museum

11:30 Visit Jelling

Presentation Jelling Museum




Bus arrives at IBA

IBA Auditorium 14:30 – 15:00

Closing session
Presentation venue Conference 2019 Farewell coffee



Hotel recommendations: the hotels will all be in approx. 15 minutes walking distance from IBA.

First Hotel Kolding is a nice hotel in the center of Kolding. The hotel has 132 stylish, modern and comfortable rooms. First Hotel Kolding is situated right beside Slotssøen and Koldinghus. The hotel has easy access by bus and train since the train station is right across the street. If you come by car, we have a locked underground parking beneath the hotel.

Address: Banegårdspladsen 7, 6000 Kolding



Phone: +45 76 34 54 00

Hotel Saxildhus, International hotel in the heart of Kolding, and just nearby the train-station. Cultural area with Koldinghus Castle as our neighbour.

Address: Banegårdspladsen 1, 6000 Kolding



Phone: +45 75521200

Kolding Hotel Apartments – a 4-star holiday centre – has 73 luxury apartments situated in the heart of Kolding. Many of the apartments have a beautiful view of Slotssøen (lake) and Koldinghus (castle).

You may choose to stay in apartments shaped as stars, triangles, circles, quadrangles, half-stars, ships and octagons or in fairly traditional apartments. The apartments are for 2 – 8 visitors and sizes vary from 40 up to 74 m2.

Address: Kedelsmedgangen 2, 6000 Kolding



Phone: +45 75541800

Zleep Hotels is central located near the train station, its free parking, and great prices. The neighbor of the hotel is The Playground, and we are happy to say that the hotel is a popular choice among both families and business travelers. The hotel’s rooms are placed on one floor and all come with their own terrace.

Address: Grønningen 2, 6000 Kolding



Phone: +45 70235635

Tourist information

Holiday in Kolding

Great fun for everyone. We have Koldinghus, Jutland’s last royal castle, danish design at the Trapholt art and design museum, as well as lots of activities for children. LEGOLAND in Billund is located close to Kolding.  The beautiful natural environment around Kolding is perfect for outdoor activities such as mountain biking, canoeing and angling. We look forward to seeing you.

Please, go to the website to see all VisitKoldings recommendations for your stay in Kolding.

The day after the conference, Friday 27th of April, is a Danish Holiday, Store bededag, translated literally as Great Prayer Day or more loosely as General Prayer Day.


The airport located closest to Kolding is Billund Airport, the second largest airport in Denmark. It is located about 45 kilometer from Kolding city center.

TAXI from the airport

A trip from the airport to Kolding by taxi will take around 40 minutes and will cost you between 700 to 800 DKK for a one-way trip. You might ask the hotel you are staying at, to make the reservation at a fixed price close to 700 DKK.

BUS from the airport

Besides taxi you can take the bus, route 166, to Kolding train station. It will take approx. 1 hour and a one-way ticket will cost 70 DKK, which you have to pay cash in the bus.

The train station is close to all the recommended hotels.

You can see the bus timetable at


Armando Pires

Organisation: EURASHE
Country: Portugal

R&I at UAS – a reflection on challenges, opportunities, difficulties and threats

Research and Innovation are, more and more, important issues for UAS in Europe. Demanded by society, and particularly by the world of work, R&I is a major subject for European Commission reflected in various programs supported by EC. Linking research and innovation with the learning and teaching process (education) is also in the agenda, being a matter of particular attention for European HE organizations as EURASHE and a significant work should be done by UAS in the near future.

A reflection on all of this, highlighting the challenges and opportunities and also the threats and difficulties, will be done, trying to stimulate, particularly, the critical thinking of the audience.

Birgit Pitscheider

Senior lecturer
Organisation: University of Innsbruck
Country: Austria
City: Innsbruck

Workshop: Strengthen Your Strengths: Learn about, Present and Feel Confident about Your Strengths

Motivation for this workshop:
When you ask your students or team members what their strengths are, can they name them? Are they confident when presenting their strengths? I noticed that students tend to struggle when asked to talk about their strengths and give examples to demonstrate them. When you, however, enter the business world as a young entrepreneur or graduate, you need to be sure of your strengths because the road to success is bumpy and might shake your confidence.

Workshop content:

  • Strategies to build strengths clusters
  • Techniques to demonstrate your strengths in a convincing manner
  • How to create a profile statement
  • How to incorporate your strengths into a visually appealing CV

Who is this workshop for?

  • Everyone who wants to learn more about their strengths
  • Teachers, team leaders and coaches who want to help their team members learn more about their strengths

Please take a computer / tablet to this workshop because we will use online tools. Thank you.

Conference abstract


List of delegates

First name Last name Organisation E-mail
Anabela Mesquita ISCAP / IPP
Annemie Van den dries SPACE
Auli Nikmo Turku University
Bedrich Zimola Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Faculty of Management and Economics
Behare Sopaj UBT Kolage
Birgit Pitscheider University of Innsbruck
Calum Morrison Ulixes
Charlotta Johnsson Lund University
Diederich Bakker Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Elke Kitzelmann Innsbruck University School of Management
Fabricio Piurcosky Centro Universitário do Sul de Minas
Geert Baekelandt University College Ghent
Igor Novakovic Visoka Poslovna Škola
Ilgiz Sinagatullin bIrsk Branch of Bashkir State University
Ilkka Nikmo Turku University
Inga Beckmann IBA International Business Academy
Joerg Holle EAPRIL / University of Muenster
Julie Verstraeten SPACE Network
Luc Broes SPACE Ivzw
Mari Suoranta University of Jyvaskyla
Marja-Liisa Kakkonen South-Eastern Finland of Applied Sciences
Mirko Ahonen Arcada University of Applied Sciences
Paulino Silva ISCAP - IPP
Regitze Kristensen SPACE
Teresa Felgueira Polytechnic Institute of Guarda
Teresa Paiva Instituto Politécnico da Guarda
Test De Preter Bravooh
VIncent De Preter Bravooh
Zeta Dooly Waterford Institute of Technology



Dear all, Below you will find the presentations and workshops that were presented to you during the 2018 SPACE Network Conference in Kolding!  
  • Entrepreneurs’ gender, education and age shaping motives-Entrepreneurs’ gender, education and age shaping motives - Mahdokht Sedaghat, Peter Waring Lei, Shuyi Zhang
  • Erasmus+ beyond 2020 - Annemie Van den Dries
  • “What do you want from us”-University scientists’ perceptions of stakeholder support for commercialization - Marke Kivijarvi, Mari Suoranta, Päivi Patja
  • Workshop Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship-Using games for practicing the Entrepreneurial Minset - Charlotta Johnsson, Mari Suoranta BMoE-Games by participants - Mari Suoranta BMoE-Story Telling Game - Mari Suoranta
  • Practitioner Research as a form of (social) lean startup - Jörg Holle

Guidelines full papers

SPACE International Network Conference
25 – 27 April – Kolding, Denmark

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Conference theme:
“Fostering social impact by linking HEI research to entrepreneurship”

Submissions are welcome which relate to the general Conference Theme under the following topics:

  • Higher Education Leadership, Governance and Operational Practices
  • Higher Education Pedagogy and Technologies
  • Higher Education Collaborative Projects
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Student Engagement, Diversity and Employability
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • Higher Education research and its relationship with entrepreneurship
  • Fostering entrepreneurship through education
  • Role of Higher Education in the promotion of entrepreneurship
  • Enablers and constraints in the promotion of research in higher education

Types of Submissions:

  • Refereed Working/Work-in-Progress. Ongoing works with relevant preliminary results, opened to discussion: 2500 words max excluding reference list
  • Poster Presentations. Initial work with relevant ideas, opened to discussion: A1 size (or 6 x A4)
  • Master/Doctoral submission: 2000 words max excluding reference list

Important dates: (timezone GMT+1)

  • Deadline for Abstracts and posters for oral presentation: Thursday, February 15th 2018
  • Notification of acceptance ‘as is’ or required amendments: Wednesday, 28th February 2018
  • Submission of amended abstracts and posters: Wednesday, April 7 2018 (midnight)
  • Payment of registration (in time to ensure the inclusion of an accepted paper in the conference proceedings): Friday, 30th March 2018


All submissions will be “blind reviewed” by at least two members of the Scientific Committee.

The authors of accepted poster must build and print a poster to be exhibited during the Conference. This poster must follow an A1 or A2 vertical format. The Conference includes Work Sessions where these posters are presented and orally discussed, with a 5-minute limit per poster.

Submissions must comply with the detailed specifications which may be attached to this call or are available on the website  Submission of work is through EasyChair – the link is in the detailed specification form.

Publication Opportunities

The abstracts of all papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

To ensure that the contribution (short paper/work in progress, poster paper or master/doctoral symposium paper) is published in the Proceedings, at least one of the authors must be fully registered in the conference; and the paper must comply with the suggested layout and page-limit. Additionally, all recommended modifications must be addressed by the authors before they submit the final version.

No more than one paper per registration will be published in the Conference Proceedings. An extra fee must be paid for the publication of additional papers, with a maximum of one additional paper per registration.

Questions? Any questions about the call for submissions please contact: Teresa Paiva –

We are looking forward to receiving your submission!

Guidelines workshops


Important Dates

Important dates: (timezone GMT+1)

  • Deadline for Abstracts and posters for oral presentation: Thursday, February 15th 2018
  • Notification of acceptance ‘as is’ or required amendments: Wednesday, 28th February 2018
  • Submission of amended abstracts and posters: Wednesday, April 7 2018 (midnight)
  • Payment of registration (in time to ensure the inclusion of an accepted paper in the conference proceedings): Friday, 30th March 2018
  • Conference in Kolding, Denmark: Tuesday 24 – Friday 27 April 2018

Submit your work

Submissions must comply with the guidelines.

Submission of work is through EasyChair.
Please register and log in to submit your work in the link below: 


Scientific Committee

  • Anabela Mesquita

CICE – ISCAP/IPP, Portugal

  • Teresa Paiva

UDI/IPG, Portugal

  • Julia Claxton

Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University, UK

  • Hans Mikkelsen

IBA International Business Academy, Denmark

  • Alfonso Diaz Segura

Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, Spain

  • Alexandra Albuquerque

ISCAP/IPP, Portugal

  • Paulino Silva

CICE – ISCAP/IPP, Portugal

  • António Melo

UDI-IPG, Portugal

  • Roza A. Valeeva

Kazan Federal University, Russia

  • Nigel Kimberley

Arcada University of Applied Sciences

  • António Abreu

ISCAP Accounting and Business School / IPP, Portugal