G-Forum 2018 conference – Stuttgart (Germany)

Conference Program now online!

22nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs
October 10th – 12th, 2018, University of Hohenheim / Stuttgart Media University (Germany)

Annual Conference 2018

The 22nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs will be held in Stuttgart from October 11th to 12th, 2018. Lead partners of the FGF e.V. are the University of Hohenheim and the Stuttgart Media University. President of the conference is Prof. Dr. Andreas Kuckertz, Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Hohenheim. The program of the conference will be enriched by renowned keynote speakers.


The guiding theme of the G-Forum 2018 in Stuttgart is:

„Mastering the Digital Transformation: Corporate Entrepreneurship as a Fast Track to Innovation”

Digital technologies are currently causing a dramatic transformation of established industries. Entrepreneurs exploit the resulting manifold opportunities to test new business solutions and new business models. As a consequence, established firms such as medium-sized companies need to react to the potentially disruptive competition through entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives. Against this background, the G-Forum 2018 consequently addresses the numerous questions, opportunities and approaches that arise from this challenge for entrepreneurs, established companies and entrepreneurship research.

Science and practice

To enhance the exchange between science and practice, submissions „from both worlds“ are expressly desired. Topic-specific sessions are offered which are either based on submissions from science or practice. There are two independent review processes to meet the different requirements for submissions from both realms.


In addition to submissions addressing the guiding theme of the conference, the conference organizers expressly welcome any submission that corresponds to the three main thematic fields of the FGF e.V. These are the topics

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • SMEs

In this way, the G-Forum will fulfill its role as a central platform for the scientific community to exchange views on the current state of scientific discussion.


The conference languages are German and English.

Submission types

It is possible to submit full papers to the G-Forum. Authors of full paper submissions receive two developmental reviews from members of the G-Forum Review Board and qualify themselves for a 20-minute presentation plus 10-minute discussion. However, proposals for presentations can also be submitted as an abstract. An abstract should not exceed 1.000 words. Abstracts qualify for poster presentations, round-table discussions or short presentations (elevator pitches). Please submit your full papers and abstracts in two versions (with and without author details) as a pdf document until May 24th, 2018 via e-mail to submission-gforum2018@fgf-ev.de.

Guidelines for submission (full paper and abstracts)

Research- and practice-oriented papers can be submitted. Please state in your submission e-mail whether you are applying for a presentation in the research or practice track. For submission please send a manuscript without author name(s) and a manuscript with full author name(s) and correspondence address(es) on the title page. Submissions can be either in German or English. Submissions of scientific contributions should ideally be structured as follows:

  • Problem definition (research gap / objective)
  • Theoretical foundation
  • Methodology / empirical research context
  • Results
  • Implications for entrepreneurship research and practice

Submissions of practical contributions should include a clear starting point, objectives, results and implications for practice.

Review process

The selection of full papers and abstracts to be presented at the conference is based on a double-blind review process. Only full paper submissions receive a developmental review. The G-Forum review board is responsible for the review process. We will inform the authors about the acceptance of their submissions by the end of July 2018.

Important dates

Doctoral Colloquium
October 10th, 2018
Submission of the application with the subject „Doctoral Colloquium“ until August 30th, 2018 via e-mail to knaup@fgf-ev.de, notification about acceptance by September 15th, 2018

October 11th and October 12th, 2018
Submission of abstracts and full papers until May 24th, 2018 via email: submission-gforum2018@fgf-ev.de; notification of acceptance: end of July, 2018

Registration deadline for participants: September 25th, 2018


The conference website is: https://www.fgf-ev.de/en/g-forum-2018-stuttgart-germany/.

We look forward to welcoming you in Stuttgart!