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Summary of the 13th Uddevalla Symposium 2010

The 13th Uddevalla Symposium 2010 was organized as an Uddevalla Symposium Special Session on “Innovation and Multidimensional Entrepreneurship – Economic, Social and Academic Aspects within the 50th European Regional Science Association (ERSA) congress that took place in August, 19-23, 2010 at Jönköping University, Sweden.

The main theme of the ERSA-congress was Sustainable Regional Growth and Development in the Creative Knowledge Economy. Besides this theme, the congress was open several questions concerning regional issues. A broad range of topics were listed among the themes for paper sessions. One of them (and the largest) accepted special session was the 13th Uddevalla Symposium 2010 on Innovation and Multidimensional Entrepreneurship – Economic, Social and Academic Aspects”.

The Uddevalla Symposium Special Session had an interdisciplinary character and provided an opportunity for researchers to discuss their ongoing research that was relevant to clarifying the role of innovation and multidimensional entrepreneurship in the growth and development of regional economies and regional economic systems.

Session Organizers were Professor Kingsley E. Haynes, Dean, School of Public Policy, Ruth D. and John T. Hazel, MD Chair in Public Policy/Eminent Scholar Professor & Professor Roger R. Stough, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Northern Virginia Endowed Chair/Eminent Scholar and Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA.

At the Uddevalla Symposium Special Sessions, 40 accepted papers were submitted, and all were presented at the congress. The papers were subdivided into 9 different subthemes: Multidimensional Entrepreneurship, Regional Innovation Systems, Economic Development, Social Capital, Entrepreneurial Behavior, Rural Development, Industries, Firm Performance & Clusters, and Cities. More than 240 scientists participated in the nine Uddevalla symposium special sessions, which gives about 27 persons in average. At one of them 57 scholars participated. About 950 persons attended the ERSA-congress.

Organizers of the13th Uddevalla Symposium were the University West, Sweden and George Mason University, School of Public Policy, USA, in co-operation with Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) and Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovations Studies (CESIS), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

The 50th Anniversary ERSA Conference became a major international event. ERSA is the supranational grouping of national regional science associations across Europe. For further information on ERSA, use the link:  (kolla länken)

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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