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The 8th Uddevalla Symposium 2005 on "Innovations and Entrepreneurship in Functional Regions" was held in Uddevalla, Sweden, September 15-19, 2005 at the University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla. It was totally integrated with the 8th McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference 2005. For three days about 90 researchers and PhD students from 20 countries all around the world listened to keynote speeches, discussed papers and participated in the social programme in the evenings. (To the right: Hamid Etemad, McGill University and Rolf Dahlberg, University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla)

Dr Anders Källström, West Sweden Chamber of Commerce and Industry, opened the symposium/conference up on Thursday September 15th by talking about "The Source of Regional Development".

Professor Susana Borrás, Roskilde University, Denmark


During these three full days there were 11 interesting keynote speakers and several parallel paper sessions with the "discussant concept" in parallel seminars in the afternoons. These sessions were organised in five sub themes:

  1. International Entrepreneurship
  2. Innovation, Entrepreneurship Policy and Regional Development
  3. Entrepreneurship in the Public Sector and in the Non-Profit Sector
  4. Innovation, Academic Entrepreneurship and High Technology Firms in Functional Regions
  5. SMEs, Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Local Economic Development

The selection of the keynote speakers together with a good mixture of the subjects were some of the strengths of the symposium. The keynotes were:

David B. Audretsch, Director, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, Indiana University; Bloomington, USA & Director, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy, Max Planck Institute; Jena, Germany

David L. Birch, President, Birch Boatworks, Inc. USA

Susana Borrás, Associate Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark

Pontus Braunerhjelm, Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Jack Goldstone, Professor of Public Policy & Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Professor & Eminent Scholar, George Mason University, USA

Bronwyn H. Hall, Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Kingsley E. Haynes, Dean and University Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA

Magnus Jerneck, Professor & Director Centre for European Studies, Lund University, Sweden

Maureen McKelvey, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Lois Stevenson, Professor ICSB Wilford White Fellow, Canada & Guest-professor at The Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research, Sweden

Roger R. Stough, NOVA Endowed Chair and Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA

More than 55 papers were presented - the keynote contributions not included - and discussed during the symposium/conference - many of them by young scientists. This gave a lot of opportunities for personal interaction and networking possibilities between researchers. A very high percent of the participants thought that the symposium contributed to their own research and promoted their scientific network as well.


This year we had three Best Paper Award winners!
There were two Best Paper Award 2005 winners and one winner of the Best PhD Candidate paper.Best Paper Award 2005 winners were:

Claudia Müller & Rolf Sternberg, Institute of Economic Geography, University of Cologne, Germany. Their paper was entitled: Why entrepreneurship by return migrants is crucial for technology-based regional development. Theoretical arguments and empirical evidence from an emerging region and Ruediger Kabst & Christian Schwens, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Giessen, Germany. Their paper was entitled: "Early Internationalizers: Transaction Cost Economics and Structural Embeddedness" . The winner of the Best Ph.D Candidate Paper were Tobias Dalhammar & Terrence E. Brown, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden with the paper entitled: "Industrial Effects on Resource acquisition: Immigrant enterprises in Kista, Stockholm".

Euro700 Reward for the Best PhD Candidate Paper and Euro 1000 Reward for the Best Paper. The Swedbank in Uddevalla, Sweden sponsored these three prices.


The Symposium was organised by the University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla (host) in co-operation with Jönköping International Business School/CESIS, The School of Public Policy at George Mason University, USA, FSF - Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research, Sweden, McGill University, Faculty of Management, Montreal, Canada and The Nordic Section of Regional Science Association.

We wish to thank the following organizations for financial support:

  • Västra Götalandsregionen, Sweden
  • Gustaf B Thordéns stiftelse (The Foundation of Gustaf B. Thordén), Sweden
  • The Savings Bank Foundation Väst, Sweden
  • Swedbank, Uddevalla, Sweden
  • The municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden

A hard-back proceeding of the revised papers presented at the symposium has been published by the University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla. For more information about publications from this Uddevalla Symposium as well as from all Uddevalla Symposia (so far) please click here
Text by Iréne Johansson

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