Wellbeing and Entrepreneurship An Exploration workshop

'Wellbeing and Entrepreneurship – An Exploration'

Join our upcoming 'Wellbeing and Entrepreneurship' workshop to explore and discuss new research perspectives on this multifaceted relationship.

Co-hosted by: Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Centre for Organisational and Employee Wellbeing 

Open to: Academic staff (ie including researchers and early career researchers) and doctoral students 

Date: Wednesday 29 May 2024

Time: 9:30am - 4:45pm

Place: The Brett Building, Oxford Street, Liverpool L7 7BD

Cost: free, refreshments and lunch included

Wellbeing and Entrepreneurship – An Exploration

Organised by the Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship (BCfE) and the Centre for Organisational and Employee WellBeing (COEW), this one-day workshop aims to explore the relationship between entrepreneurship and wellbeing. 

Through exploration with four world-leading expert researchers, the workshop will facilitate stimulating discussions on the possibility of a new research agenda that integrates entrepreneurship and wellbeing studies, attempting to respond to following questions, including: 

  • Can entrepreneurship bring work and wellbeing together?
  • Or does wellbeing make (or un-make) entrepreneurship?
  • Can wellbeing be managed or does it require new conceptions and forms of work organisation?
  • Does the entrepreneur need wellbeing to survive and prosper?
  • How might such relationships differ by sector, form of organisation and demography?
  • How does equality and diversity figure in wellbeing and entrepreneurship?

Chaired by, BCfE Director, Professor Robert Blackburn and, COEW Director, Professor Damian O’Doherty, this workshop promises a lively and thought-provoking debate, drawing upon various schools of thought with contributions from colleagues across the Management School's Research Centres. 

This interactive workshop is open to scholars and researchers who are excited to explore the relationship between entrepreneurship and wellbeing.

Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, this workshop should appeal to colleagues working on wellbeing in entrepreneurship, human resource management, business start-ups and ownership and strategy.


Professor Matthew Statler (NYU Stern School of Business, USA) will propose that entrepreneurship might provide the possibility for playful and aesthetic experiences at work in which entrepreneurs could become the new guardians of an ideal state.

Professor Susan Marlow (University of Nottingham, UK) will examine the gendered nature of entrepreneurship, the pressures of which can promote regret and a sense of personal failure amongst female entrepreneurs who have household responsibilities that inhibit the realisation of their entrepreneurial potential.

Professor Maksim Belitski (Henley Business School, UK) will present evidence from the City Ecosystem Index showing that people are happier working in cities where there are higher levels of entrepreneurial activity.

Professor Daniel Hjorth (Lund University, Sweden) will challenge the conventional notions of wellbeing, arguing that it remains ill-defined and difficult to operationalise; however, it is this very existential vagueness that becomes the source for imagining new possibilities for living, drawing parallels to Camus' notion of finding happiness in the face of existential challenges.    


09:30 - 10:00


  • Registration and refreshments

10:00 - 10:30

Welcome and Introduction to the workshop

10:30 - 11:30 

Reflections on wellbeing and entrepreneurship: An ideal for living? 

11:30 – 11:45

Break and refreshments

11:45 - 12:45

A gendered critique of the business exit decision: managing wellbeing, regret and relief

12:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Well-being as entrepreneurially well-becoming

15:00 - 15:15

Break and refreshments

15:15 - 16:15

Is happiness conducive to entrepreneurship? Exploring quality of life – entrepreneurship relationship across major European cities

16:15 - 16:45

Q&A and Closing Remarks


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