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This international seminar on: "Building Innovative Capabilities for Regions in a Globalising World" was arranged as a pre-symposium workshop on June 13th. The target group that was invited and who participated was people from industry working with R & D and innovation and people active in incubators, Science Parks, etc. Professor Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA was moderator. Seven presenters were invited to present and discuss innovation matters from their own view and perspective.

Jöran Hägglund, State secretary at the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication at the Swedish Government, started the seminar and emphasized the importance of cooperation and argued that politicians, industry and academy have to work together also outside Sweden.

Professor Philip Cooke, Centre for Advanced Studies, Cardiff University, UK, talked about the success factors and impediments in the role of Science Parks and Incubators for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Associate professor Niclas Adler, Dean at the Jönköping International Business School, Sweden argued that the structures within organisations are an obstacle for cooperation and new ideas. His contribution was entitled: "The role of Public and Private Interests in the Innovation Process and the Financing of Innovations".

"Also inventors need entrepreneurs in order to commercialize their ideas". This was one of the results of the presentation of Roger Svensson, researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. He presented strategies and obstacles when patents are commercialized.

Professor Bart Verspagen, Centre for Innovation Studies at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands presented lessons from economic analysis in the regional dimension of innovation.

Speaker number six - Mr Harald Furre, Oxford Research, Kristiansand, Norway - argued that some of the critical steps for commercial success within the innovation process are the attitudes of the society, the infrastructures and the climate within the enterprises. Entrepreneurs with experience and networks are also important for innovations to be commercialized.

Professor Åsa Lindholm-Dahlstrand, Halmstad University & Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden talked about innovative entrepreneurship and argued that success is created by linking ideas and people.

In the interesting panel discussion that ended the day were all these invited persons participating answering and discussing questions from the audience.

Organizers, except from the organizations that sponsored the Uddevalla Symposium (see below) were Centre for Higher Education in Bohuslän, Uddevalla and Innovatum Teknikpark, Trollhättan.

THEME 2007

The overall theme of the 10th Uddevalla Symposium 2007 was: "Institutions for Knowledge Generation and Knowledge Flows – Building Innovative Capabilities for Regions" and it was held on June 14-16, 2007 at University West, Campus Uddevalla , Sweden.


Professor Lars Ekedahl, Vice-chancellor of University West opened the 10th Uddevalla Symposium 2007 up by welcoming all participants to Sweden and the University West. –This conference is about knowledge and innovations. I hope you all will take the opportunity and possibility to share knowledge with each other at this conference", he said. Then Iréne Johansson, Co-ordinator and lecturer, University West, Sweden, presented an historical review over the past ten year-period. She has been coordinating these symposia all years.


During these three days eleven interesting keynote speakers presented different aspects within the overall theme. The keynote speakers and the title of their presentations were as follows:

Dr. Corinne Autant-Bernard, University of Saint-Etienne, France. Her presentation was entitled: "Collaborative Networks and Spatial Knowledge Spillovers".

Professor Philip Cooke, Cardiff University, UK presented new development challenges in a post-cluster era.

Mr Alexander Eickelpasch, German Institute for Economic Research, Germany. His contribution was: "Evaluation of Innovation Policies – Experiences with the Promotion of Regional Innovative Networks in Germany".

Professor Manfred M. Fischer, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria: "Interregional Technology Spillovers and Total Factor Production"

Mr Harald Furre, Oxford Research AS, Norway talked about how to build innovation cababilities and the role of cluster initiatives.

Professor Kingsley E. Haynes, George Mason University, USA: "Modeling the Spatial Diffusion of Mobile Communicatons in China"

Professor R. Helen Lawton-Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK: "Universities, Innovation and the Economy: paradigms for the 21st Century"

Professor Franco Malerba, Bocconi University, Italy: "Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship in Europe".

Professor Paula E. Stephan, Georgia State University, USA: "Wrapping it up in a person: The mobility patterns of New PhDs".

Professor Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA: "Metropolitan Economic Efficiency in the U.S.: Knowledge and Entrepreneurship Capital"

Professor Bart Verspagen, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands: "The Spatial Hierarchy of Technological Change and Economic Development in Europe".


Except for the keynote presentations more than 70 papers were presented and discussed in about twenty parallel paper sessions during the afternoons. Many of these papers were written by doctoral candidates. For each paper 20 minutes were sat to present and then a discussant had 10 minutes to give response and discuss the paper. Then there were 10 minutes for the session members to ask questions. Each session was lead by a chair person (keynote speakers and members of the Scientific Committee).

This year we had three Special Sessions. A workshop within "understanding knowledge" – called U-know was held during the Uddevalla Symposium 2007. It was co-ordinated and chaired by Prof. Dr. Johannes Stephan, IWH – Halle Institute for Economic Research, Germany.
The Dahmén Institute, CIRCLE, Lund University organised and presented 11 papers within the Dahmén sessions. The third special session was organized by the Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and Jönköping International Business School together. In these paper sessions were nine papers presented.


To stimulate high quality papers a Best Paper Award of € 1.000 as well as a Best PhD Candidate Paper Award of € 700 was awarded. On the ship ms Byfjorden the winners received their prizes.
The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award was Juan Julio Gutierrez, Ph.D. Student, Graduate Research Assistant, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA. His paper was entitled: Innovation in Low & Medium Technology Manufacturing: the Role of Networking and Input Acquisition within a Regional Free Trade Agreement.

The winners of the Best Paper Award were Henrich Dahlgren and Finn Valentin, Research Centre on Biotech Business, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark. Their contribution was about: Shaken not Stirred – Multinational Takeovers in Sweden's Pharmaceutical Industry. A Study of the Re-combinatorial Capacity of the Bio-pharma Regional Innovation System in Stockholm-Uppsala.

The members of the scientific committee selected the winning papers and the Swedbank, Uddevalla was funding these prizes. The Best Paper Award Ceremony was held onboard m/s Byfjorden during the dinner which was hosted by the municipality of Uddevalla (Center of Higher Education in Bohuslän, Uddevalla).


The Program included a bus-tour to Lysekil for dinner and a guided tour at Preemraff, Lysekil which is Sweden´s largest and one of Europe's largest oil refineries. This refinery is located at a fjord near Lysekil about 35 km west of the town of Uddevalla on the west coast of Sweden.


were: Professor Thomas Andersson, President of Jönköping University, Sweden.
Dr. Per Assmo, University West, Campus Uddevalla, Sweden.
Professor Dr. Ulrich Blum, Institute of Economic Research (IWH) Halle, Halle Wittenberg, Germany.
Assistant Professor Philip E. Auerswald, George Mason University, USA.
Professor Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Associate Professor Andreas P. Cornett, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.
Assistant Professor Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Campus Uddevalla, Sweden.
Professor Hamid Etemad, McGill University, Canada.
Associate Professor David M. Hart, George Mason University, USA.
Professor Börje Johansson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden & Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Professor Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Campus Uddevalla, Sweden. (Chairman)
Professor Karen R. Polenske, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
Professor Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Kyoto University, Japan.
Professor Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA.


were: Assistant Professor Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Sweden.
Ms Iréne Johansson, Symposium Co-ordinator & lecturer, University West, Sweden.
Professor Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School Sweden & University West, Sweden.
Mr Rolf Nilsson, VINNOVA, Stockholm, Sweden.
Professor Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA


The following organisations were sponsoring the 10th Uddevalla Symposium 2007:
Center of Higher Education in Bohuslän, Uddevalla, Sweden
CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovations Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Gustaf. B. Thordéns Foundation, Uddevalla, Sweden
The Municipality of Lysekil, Sweden
NS-RSA (Nordic Section of Regional Science Association)
School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
Swedbank, Uddevalla, Sweden
University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems), Stockholm, Sweden
Västra Götalandsregionen, Göteborg, Sweden

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

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