It offered participants a unique networking opportunity in a diverse and intercultural environment. Experts from both institutes teamed up to leverage academic excellence and explore relevant research themes.
One of the underlying objectives of the workshop was to cultivate research capacity in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. The event was sponsored by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and the British Council.
“Entrepreneurship 2020 exposed early career researchers to new perspectives and challenges in addition to acting as the ideal opportunity to network and tap potential collaborative research opportunities. We hope it had inspired participants to exploit their core competencies, optimise resources and enhance their entrepreneurial success,” said Prof. Laoucine Kerbache, dean and CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar.
British Council country director Frank Fitzpatrick said: “The British Council is connecting researchers from the UK and Gulf through funding grants, to increase collaboration and development of educational institutions.”
He added: “In Qatar, we are supporting research capacity and identifying common research priorities between Qatar and the UK. This helps us to identify and back UK-Qatar partnerships that support greater economic engagement and joint research and innovation with Qatar.”
Key topics covered during the three-day programme included entrepreneurship and leadership in a changing world; methodology considerations in conducting research in diverse settings and contexts; role of principles in Islamic business and strategising and project scoping for future research proposals.
The discussions brought to light the role of research as a systematic, objective collection and analysis of data about target markets, competition and environmental/cultural factors. Poster presentations and reflective exercises formed part of the workshop programme. The second day featured a networking event with local entrepreneurs of HEC Paris alumni and delegates from the British Council and QNRF.
It is envisaged that one of the key outcomes of the workshop will be future research collaborations with a special emphasis on innovative research. This is in the context of applied knowledge on entrepreneurship by the year 2020 in the Middle East.