Understanding Small Enterprises (USE2015) Conference at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Complete movie USE2015 - including announcement USE2017:

Throughout the event a film crew captured the best moments of USE2015 on film. Have a look at the result by clicking on the image above. Save the date of the next edition: USE2017: 25 -27 October 2017 - Denver, Colorado, USA.

The short, one minute version of the movie (trailer) is also available through this link

A Healthy Working Life in a Healthy Business
Small businesses form the backbone of most economies and are attracting increased interest from academics, practitioners, consultants, social partners, government officials, and policy makers. In recent years it has become more and more clear that SMEs are a different breed from large companies, which are the normal subject of business and entrepreneurial research: an SME is not a small big firm.
Demographics dictate that able employees will be at a premium in the future global economy and that keeping them fit and healthy will be a prerequisite for sustained business success. This holds even more true for small companies as they typically lag behind large companies as attractors of talented employees. This leads to the main conference theme: “a healthy working life in a healthy business”.
One of the characteristics of a small business is its interconnectedness with its environment: customers, suppliers, partners, employees, and the communities in which it resides. A small business is more dependent on others in the network in which it operates than a big firm which might be more inclined to dictate its environment. The networked nature of small businesses gives rise to the subtheme of USE2015: Globalisation of SMEs and Corporate Social Responsibility.
The conference consisted of three main themes which can be subdivided in a number subthemes:

Healthy and safe working environments at SMEs
Topics might include - but are not limited to: Occupational Health and Safety, Workplace Innovation, Healthy Ageing and Work, Work Life Balance.

Health organisations as small businesses
Topics might include - but are not limited to: Organizing for Change, Social Innovation, Market Orientation, Technology Innovation.

SMEs in a networked society
Topics might include - but are not limited to: Corporate and Network Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalizing SMEs.

Endorsers USE2015:




USE Conference 2013