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Apr 26
Venue: SSE Riga, Soros auditorium | Event type: Everyone

Public Lecture: Unraveling EU Strategy Amidst Geopolitical Shifts

SSE Riga, in collaboration with the Embassy of Belgium – Delegation of Flanders, invites you to a public lecture by Belgian professor Sven Biscop, Delegation of Flanders the topic "Unraveling EU Strategy Amidst Geopolitical Shifts."

Geopolitics is the talk of the town in Brussels, but is EU strategy truly based on a sound geopolitical analysis? Additionally, strategy is not determined by geopolitics alone; the evolving strategies of the US and other powers, along with our understanding of our role in global politics, are equally crucial. What could be the implications for European strategy, including our defense? A geopolitical tour of the world, starting in Ukraine and ending in Taiwan, will reveal the state of the world order and how the EU can safeguard its interests.

Professor Dr. Sven Biscop lectures on the grand strategy of the European Union and other major powers, as well as on Belgian foreign and defense policy. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, the think-tank associated with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sven is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences of Belgium and an Honorary Fellow of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), an EU agency where he instructs diplomats, military personnel, and officials from all EU Member States.

May 03
Venue: SSE Riga, Room 507 | Event type: Everyone

Open Workshop: Resource Exhaustion, Firm Failure and Entrepreneurial Orientation

Speaker: Prof. Mathew (Mat) Hughes, University of Leicester and a Schulze Distinguished Professor, U.K.

Abstract: Published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice in 2024, this talk examines the idea of entrepreneurial entropy, fundamental component and mechanism in a new resource exhaustion theory that seeks to explain how highly entrepreneurially reined forms can encounter firm failure. Entrepreneurial orientation (EO) can generate substantial gains and losses, exhausting firm resources and straining a firm’s ability to sustain its activities. We develop and test a resource exhaustion theory of firm failure, conceptualizing conditions under which EO increases the risk of firm failure by generating unsustainable amounts of entrepreneurial entropy. Using panel data on 804 large U.S. high-technology firms over 18 years, we find that EO increases the risk of firm failure, which is mediated by the lack of organizational resource slack. An abrupt change in EO increases the risk of firm failure, especially among underperforming firms.

Dr Mathew (Mat) Hughes is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Leicester and a Schulze Distinguished Professor.  Mat’s expertise includes the strategy and management of entrepreneurship and innovation in various contexts with a specific focus on entrepreneurial orientation, innovation, social capital and relational strategy, and family firms.