||Pierre-André JULIEN, Ph.D. in Economic Science from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and also graduated in Management Science from Laval University (Québec) and doctor honoris causa of the Lorraine Politechnic Institute (France). He is professor emeritus in Small Business Economy at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
His research is based mostly with the SME economy and regional entrepreneurship, mainly about the information networking, innovation and opportunity.
He was the first editor of the Revue Internationale PME, the only academic Journal in French, from its creation in 1988 to 2005. He was fellow visiting or professor visiting at the Sussex University in England, the Pennsylvania University in United States, the Montpellier, Aix-Marseille, Nice, École des Hautes Études en Science Sociale and Dijon Universities in France, the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain, the Al Alakhawayn American University in Morocco and the Växjö University in Sweden. He took part in the European Community’s FAST project and in the industrial district project run by the Social Studies Institute of the International Labour Office in Geneva. He acted as expert for SMEs committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 1989 to 2010, where he participated in the elaboration of the Charter of Bologna on political issues related to SME, adopted by 47 countries the 15th of June, 2000.
He has published more than 500 reports and scientific papers in French, English, Spanish, Italian, German and Finnish, of which 104 were published in the most important academic journals such as Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Small Business Economics, International Small Business Journal, International Gewerbearchiv, Piccola Impresa and Revue Internationale PME and is the author or co-author of twenty-two books on prospective and small business and entrepreneurship, some of which were translated in English, German and Spanish, such as the last one: A Theory of Local Entrepreneurship in the Knowledge Economy (Edward Elgar, 2008) translated also in Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Catalan. He has presented 197 papers in conferences (several best paper awards including four at ICSB Conferences), 114 research reports, 46 chapters of books and several applied papers in professional journals. Some of his research are published in handbooks, such as “The small businesses as a research subject. Some reflexions on the knowledge of small business and its effect on economic theory” in N. Krueger (Ed.), Entrepreneurship, London, Routledge, 2003, 4 volumes.
He is also a member of the scientific committee of many scientific referee journals such as Piccola Impresa/Small Business, Sviluppo locale and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Revue Internationale PME.
He has received many awards such as “The Award for his Academic Carrier” by the Industrial Research Managers Association of Québec”, Canada, the award “For his exceptional research contribution in entrepreneurship and SME studies, and which have inspired, initiated and supported a new generation of researchers in this field of study” by the French Academy of Entrepreneurship, the Québec National Order, the Social Science Award by the Canadian French Speaking Association for Sciences Promotion, Canada, “The Lifetime Achievement Award” of the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE), and finally, the Wilford L. White Fellow Award of the International Council for Small Business.
Institute for Research on SMEs