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Summary of the 12th Uddevalla Symposium 2009

The overall theme was “The Geography of Innovation and Entrepreneurship” and it took place at and was hosted by the Politecnico di Bari in Italy 11-13 June 2009.

The welcome address in the morning of June 11th was given by the professors Salvatore Marzano, vice-chancellor at the Politecnico di Bari, Prof. Vito Albino, Politecnico di Bari, Prof. Gianfranco Viesti, Regional Agency for the Research and Innovation Technology and Dr. Gianluca Jacobini, Director of the Business Department, Banca Popolare di Bari, Italy.

Keynotespeakers

Seven invited plenary keynote speakers gave their presentations; Professor Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Professor Ulrich Blum, Institute of Economic Research (IWH) Halle, Germany, Professor Börje Johansson, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm & Jönköping International Business School, Sweden, Professor Lucia Piscitello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Professor Robert Picard, Media Management and Transformation Center, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden, Professor Robert J. Stimson, the University of Queensland, Australia and Professor Gianfracno Viesti, University of Bari, Italy.

Twenty-one parallel paper-seminars were organized around the overall theme and nine subthemes. In total more than eighty papers were presented which made this symposium the largest ever with attendees from sixteen different nations. The nine subthemes and chairing persons were:

I. Clustering in a Non-Industrial Sector: Physical and Networked Agglomeration in the Media Sector. Chair: Prof. Robert Picard, Media Management and Transformation Center, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.

II: Proximity and Innovation, Chair: Prof. Nunzia Carbonara, Politecnico di Bari, Italy.

III: Innovation, Globalization and Agglomeration - Aggregate Trends and Micro-Level Evidence, Chair: Dr. Martin Andersson, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

IV: The Geography of Rural Entrepreneurship and Growth. Chair: Assoc. Prof. Johan Klaesson, Research Unit for Rural Entrepreneurship and Growth, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.

V: Cities, Service Industries and the Geography of Growth. Chair: Dr. Lars Pettersson, Urban Center Management, The Swedish Board of Agriculture, Sweden.

VI: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and Tourism. Chair: Prof. Lena Mossberg, BI Norwegian School of Management, Norway.

VII: The Dahmén Session: Commercialization of University Knowledge for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Chairs: Dr. Annika Rickne, The Dahmén Institute & Gothenburg University, Sweden & Dr. Olof Ejermo, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden.

VIII: Regional Innovation Systems in Post-Transition Economies. Chair: Prof. Ulrich Blum, The Halle Institute for Economic Research, Germany and

IX: E-Geography of Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Chair: Assoc. Prof. Elin Wihlborg, Linköping University, Sweden.

WINNERS OF THE BEST PAPER AWARDS 2009!   
The winner of the Best Paper Award was Dr. Darrene Hackler, George Mason University, Department of Public and International Affairs, Fairfax, VA, USA. Her contribution was entitled: "High-Technology and Regions in an Era of Open Innovation"

The winner of the Best Phd Candidate Award was written by Anders Broström, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. His paper was entitled: "Working with distant researchers - distance and content in university-industry interaction".

Scientific Committee
Professor Vito Albino, Politecnico di Bari, Italy,
Professor Thomas Andersson, President of Jönköping University, Sweden,
Associate Prof. Per Assmo, University West, Sweden,
Professor Ulrich Blum, Institute of Economic Research Halle, Germany,
Assistant Prof. Nunzia Carbonara, Politecnico di Bari, Italy,
Professor Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK,
Associate Prof. Andreas P. Cornett, University of Southern Denmark,
Assistant Prof. Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Sweden,
Professor Börje Johansson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Professor Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Sweden,
Professor Robert Picard, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden,
Professor Karen R. Polenske, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA,

Organizing Committee
Nunzia Carbonara, Politecnico di Bari, Italy,
Iréne Bernhard, MSc, Lecturer, University West, Sweden,  
Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Sweden,
Ilaria Giannoccaro, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Elisabeth Jansson, University West, Sweden
Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School Sweden & University West, Sweden.
Rebecca Olsson, University West, Sweden 
Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA,

The Symposium was organised by the University West, Sweden and Politecnico di Bari, Italy, in co-operation with Jönköping International Business School, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovations Studies (CESIS), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA. Except for these academic institutions the sponsors and partners were:

Centre for Innovation Systems, Entrepreneurship and Growth, (CISEG), Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. Media Management and Transformation Center (MMTC), Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. The Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden. Nordic Section of Regional Science Association (NS-RSA) and

Research Unit for Rural Entrepreneurship and Growth (RUREG), Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. Supporting local partners from Italy were:

Association of Industrial Manifacturers of the Province of Bari - Confindustria Bari,

Banca Popolare di Bari and The Regional Agency of Technology and Innovation of Apulia - ARTI Puglia, Bari. The organisers thank all sponsors who in different ways made this symposium possible.

PUBLICATIONS
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.

Department for Economics & IT, University West

Iréne Bernhard

Project leader & Co-ordinator                             

 

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