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There are different types of Pre-Defences. In Aalborg is a voluntary event that some people do after delivering the thesis as a rehearsal of the presentation, others do it 1 or 2 months before delivering the thesis. I have done the latter. It was very good and 15 people from different fields participated. I asked them to read different sections of my first draft. I was pleased.

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  1. 1. PHD THESIS Entrepreneurial Dynamics in Local Economic Development. Pre-Defence 1 July 2011 L. Carlos Freire-Gibb
  2. 2. <ul><li>Objective Pre-Defence: </li></ul><ul><li>real binding with papers? </li></ul><ul><li>major errors </li></ul><ul><li>missing literature </li></ul><ul><li>suggestions for future work </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>9:00 to 10:55 --- break 10:00 </li></ul><ul><li>My presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback (9:25) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senior ( Søren, Cristina & Karl ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supervisors (Birgitte & Anne) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. PhD Fellows <ul><li>Daniel & Fhenzi: </li></ul><ul><li>research questions, methodology & structure </li></ul><ul><li>Kristen (& Cristina): </li></ul><ul><li>Central topics section </li></ul><ul><li>Jacob & Jens: </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial Dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Isaac & Helen: </li></ul><ul><li>Local Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>Michael </li></ul><ul><li>Normal cities </li></ul><ul><li>Paulina, (& Karl): </li></ul><ul><li>Flow of thesis </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1. Introduction 2. Theoretical Framework 3. Four Articles 4. Conclusion <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Research Question </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial Dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Local economic development </li></ul><ul><li>The experience economy </li></ul><ul><li>Normal cities </li></ul><ul><li>Summaries </li></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Main findings </li></ul><ul><li>Policy recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Further work </li></ul>Thesis Structure Today’s presentation
  6. 6. Some errors <ul><li>Unclear definitions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem (PBL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theoretical concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Informal writing </li></ul><ul><li>… . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Normal cities Frederikshavn 23.000 Vallejo 116.000 RURAL URBAN
  8. 8. Methodology <ul><li>PBL </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed method research </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Grounded theory </li></ul>
  9. 9. Research Questions <ul><li>How could entrepreneurial dynamics stimulate local economic development? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the concept of the experience economy improve the entrepreneurial dynamics and local economic development (of a city like Frederikshavn)? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does a rural environment affect entrepreneurial dynamics? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can a struggling place in a populated city region (like Vallejo in the San Francisco Bay Area) improve its entrepreneurial dynamics? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Articles included in Thesis <ul><li>A Platform for Local Entrepreneurship. The Case of the Lighting Festival of Frederikshavn. ( with Anne Lorentzen; Local Economy, May 2011, [26] 3 ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Rise and Fall of the Concept of the Experience Economy in Denmark. ( May 2011 accepted for publication in European Planning Studies) </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship within Urban and Rural Areas. Individual Creativity and Social Network. (with Kristian Nielsen; May 2011 accepted for review in Regional Studies) </li></ul><ul><li>Vallejo, California. A Case for City Region Innovation System Promotion. ( June 2011 accepted for review in International Journal of Innovation & Regional Development) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Timeline
  12. 12. Main focus of articles
  13. 13. Some findings (art. nu.) <ul><li>Cultural activities may foster entrepreneurial dynamics (1) </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural policy, tourism investments, ‘creative class’, could be OK… but not TEE (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs are very similar regardless of being in an urban/rural area in Denmark. Creativity and social networks matter, but not key(3 ) </li></ul><ul><li>City Region Innovation System Promotion (4) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Author’s ellaboration capacity & will Effective Entrepreneurial Dynamics Local Economic Development Entrepreneurship in “a broad sense ” institutions
  15. 15. Entrepreneurship in a broad sense <ul><li>Sometimes entrepreneurs change the socioeconomic status quo, usually for the better </li></ul><ul><li>They are not necessarily motivated by economic profit, </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs are sometimes inventors </li></ul><ul><li>Often entrepreneurs are not an individual, but resemble a network. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not uncommon for them to be employed in big companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs can be in the public sector </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Schumpeter (1949); Article 1 & Article 4 </li></ul>