The Diana Project™

The Diana Project™ engages in research activities, forums and scholarship focusing on women entrepreneurs and their growth.

Given the vital importance of women entrepreneurs for wealth creation, innovation and economic advancement throughout the world, Diana International ​​provides a platform for researchers to develop, conduct and share a global research agenda. We are an international community of scholars dedicated to answering questions about women entrepreneurs and growth oriented businesses.

The Diana International Research Conference 2018

July 31 - August 2, 2018 at Bangkok University,  Thailand

Established in 1999 by Professors Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Greene, and Hart—in collaboration with ESBRI, Stockholm—the Diana Research Project has led the research agenda in women’s entrepreneurship across continents, cultures and contexts. Through the years, Diana conferences have brought together scholars from 16 countries worldwide, providing a platform to share a global research agenda dedicated to asking and answering questions about women entrepreneurs and their growth-oriented businesses.

The 2018 Diana International Conference will take place from July 31 to August 2, 2018 at Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand. Papers accepted for this year's conference build on the theme: Women's Entrepreneurship and Culture. See DIANA CONFERENCE 2018 for further details. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to January 15, 2018.

Diana International Research Conference 2017

Babson co-sponsored the 10th Diana International Research Conference, hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, October 1-3, 2017. Seventy scholars, representing 18 countries, attended the conference, which was opened by Wendy Guillies, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, and included a gala dinner at the Nelson Atkins Museum. This year's theme was "Women Entrepreneurs and High Growth Businesses". The Call for Papers resulted in 93 submissions by authors from 27 countries and, after a double-blind review process, 42 papers were accepted for presentation. Top papers from this conference will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Small Business Management

See Activities for the Conference’s Best Paper Awards.

The Diana International Network includes more than 500 top scholars from around the world.

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Just Released: A Research Agenda for Women and Entrepreneurship: Identity Through Aspirations, Behaviors and Confidence

Call for Chapters: Programs, Policies, and Practices around High-Growth Women's Entrepreneurship.pdf.  Expressions of Interest due by April 15, 2018.

Final Call for Chapters: Women Entrepreneurs and Strategic Decision Making in the Global Economy