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The symposium was opened up by the following representatives from University of Bergamo: Laura Viganò, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, Gianfranco Rusconi, Head, Department of Business Administration and Giovanna Dossena, Director,

Entrepreneurial Laboratory followed by a speech by Mr. Matteo Zanetti, Confindustria Bergamo on "Entrepreneurship and the University of Bergamo".

The following 10 invited keynote-speakers gave their presentations during these three days (morning until lunch-time); Prof. Shaker A. Zahra, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA on: "Regional Excellence in Converting Science into Business". Assoc. Prof. Charlotta Mellander, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden, on: ""To Measure the Unmeasurable-Creative and Innovative Ways of Capturing Regional Structures", Prof. David Audretsch, Indiana University, USA, on: "The Future of Entrepreneurship Research", Assoc. Prof. Johan Klaesson Jönköping International Business School & CenSE, Sweden on: ""Shrinking and Expanding Urban Areas", Prof. Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, London School of Economics, UK, on: ""Territorial Dynamics of Innovation in China and India", Prof. Hans Westlund, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm & Jönköping International Business School, Sweden, on: "Social Capital and Regional Development: Research Achievements and Remaining Problems", Prof. Maryann P. Feldman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA, on: "Dealmakers in Place: Social Capital Connections in Regional Entrepreneurial Economies", Prof. Giovanna Dossena, University of Bergamo, Italy, on: "Women Entrepreneurship in Italy", Prof. Hans Lööf, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, on: "Transformation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Innovation" and Prof. Zoltan J. Acz, George Mason University, USA, on: "Global Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: The GEDI perspective".

84 papers were presented in 17 paper sessions during these three days. Except for the overall theme there were special sub-themes like "Entrepreneurship, family business and innovation", "Slow city movement and sustainable local development", "Shrinking urban regions", "Entrepreneurship, networking and regional development", "Resilience capacity of firms and new forms of innovation", "Cluster development and regional transformation in an economic perspective", "Entrepreneurship policy in comparative perspective", "Learning and knowledge transfer processes in small firms' clusters", "The spatial agglomeration of business services", "Entrepreneurship, creativity and the brain", "Productivity and financing of regional infrastructure" & "Work-integrated learning in transforming regions". (For a complete program please see in the menu to the left).


To stimulate high quality papers a Best Paper Award of € 1.000 as well as a Best PhD Can­didate Paper Award of € 700 was announced. The members of the Scientific Committee decided that the winners of the Best Paper were Johan Klaesson & Sofia Wixe, Jönköping International Business School and CEnSE (Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics), Jönköping, Sweden on: "Skills, Education and Productivity - Firm Level Evidence on the Presence of Externalities". The winner of the Best PhD Can­didate Paper Award was Phd Candidate Mattias Örnerheim, Linköping University, Sweden on the paper: "What frames quality registers in Swedish health care – An institutional approach".

The Organizers thank all participants and sponsors that in different ways contributed making this symposium be realized and for contributing to a very fruitful scientific event.


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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