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More than 140 researchers from the entrepreneurship, economic geography, regional economics, small business economics, urban and regional planning and tourism destination fields took part. Except for 11 keynote presentations, 72 papers in 22 parallel paper seminars, were presented and discussed. This was the most comprehensive symposium so far.

The objectives of the symposium was to provide a unique opportunity for scholars including senior and junior researchers to discuss path-breaking concepts, ideas, frameworks and theories in plenary key-note sessions and in parallel competitive paper sessions.

The formal opening took place on Thursday June 12th by Mr. Ralph Steen, Chair of the municipal council, Municipality of Uddevalla. Plenary Session Chairs were Professor Kingsley E. Haynes , (Thursday June 12 th), Dr Elisabeth Jansson (Friday June 13th)and Professor Charlie Karlsson (Saturday June 14th).


The following fantastic keynote speakers from Europe, Asia and the US presented their research result on different perspectives of the overall theme:

Assoc. Prof. Lars Coenen, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden "Path renewal in old industrial regions: possibilities and limitations for regional innovation policy"

Assoc. Prof. Riccardo Crescenzi, London School of Economics, UK "Does Innovation need to be local? How institutions, organisations and networks shape innovative collaborations"

Assoc. Prof. Alessandra Faggian, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA "Farther from Europe? Italian cities and metropolitan areas responses to the crisis"

Prof. Oliver Falck, University of Munich, Germany "Lifting the Iron Curtain: The Effect of Socialization During Adolescence on Entrepreneurial Intentions"

Prof. Maryann P. Feldman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA "Defining and Measuring Economic Development"

Prof. Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Kyoto University, Japan "Ka-Ki-Ku-Ke-Ko" Businesses Will Save Local Regions"

Prof. Janet E. Kohlhase, University of Houston, USA "Empirical Polycentricity: The Complex Relationship Between Employment Centers"

Prof. Vicente Royoela, University of Barcelona, Spain Regional Inequalities, Agglomeration and Economic Growth in OECD Countries"

Assoc. Prof. Laurie Schintler, George Mason University, USA "Entrepreneurship-Based Event-Driven Online Social Networks: An Exploration of Contextual Factors and Dynamics"

Prof. Dr. Rolf Sternberg, University of Hannover, Germany "Entrepreneurship and the 'Great Recession' 2008/2009"

Prof. Frank G. van Oort, Utrecht University, The Netherlands "Second-Tier City Regions in Europe and Regional Economic Growth: Mixed Evidence from Analyses of Related Variety and FDI"



A Call for Papers was sent out to invite scholars to write contributions organized in different sub-themes and chaired as follows:

I. Firm Level Studies on R&D, Innovation and Productivity Across Countries
Chair: Prof. Hans Lööf, CESIS, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

II. IP-based Entrepreneurship
Chair: Prof. Helen Lawton-Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

III. The Role of Policy in Geographies of Entrepreneurship
Chair: Prof. Helen Lawton-Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

IV. Destination and Regional Development with Focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Marifus)
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Yvonne von Friedrichs, Mid-Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.

V. Place Management as a Key to Regional Transformation and Growth
Chairs: Dr. Ulrika Lundh Snis, MsSc. Tomas Lindroth & Director Place Management Christer Asplund, University West, Trollhättan Sweden.

VI. Mechanism of Innovation - Collective Regional Assets, Market and Social in Regions or Cities
Chairs: Prof. Tomomichi Yoshikawa, Waseda University & PhD. Cand. Kazuhito Yamada, Hosei Graduate School of Regional Policy Design, Tokyo, Japan.

VII. Technology and Networks
Chairs: Prof. Håkan Ylinenpää and Prof. Joakim Wincent, Center for Interorganisational Innovation Research (CiiR), Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

VIII. Obstacles and Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Growth in Cross-border Regions
Chair: Dr. Urban Gråsjö, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.

IX. The Regional Balance in a Changing Environment
Chairs: Dr. Nils Karl Sørensen & Prof. Andreas P. Cornett, University of Southern Denmark, Sönderborg, Denmark.

X. Geographical Dynamics in Innovation and Production Networks and Regional Development
Chair: Dr. Ben Vermeulen, University of Hohenheim, Germany.

XI. The Geography of Innovation and Growth
Chairs: Assoc. Prof. Johan Klaesson, Dr. Sara Johansson, Prof. Börje Johansson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden & Prof. Frank van Oort, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

XII. Exploring Time-Geography
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Per Assmo, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.

XIII. Creative Class/Creative Economy
Chair: Dr. Kevin Stolarik, Research Director, The Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto, Canada.

XIV. Technology in Higher Education: From Open Resources to Global Learning (LINA)
Chair: Prof. Lars Svensson, Research Director, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.

XV: University Spin-offs and their Regional Economic Effects
Chair: Prof. Dr. Rolf Sternberg, University of Hannover, Germany.

XVI. Transportation Infrastructure and Regional Economic Development
Chairs: Assoc. Prof. Kakuya Matsushima, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Urban Management, Japan & Prof. William (Bill) Anderson, University of Windsor, Cross-Border Institute, Canada.

XVII. Local Density Conditions for Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Start-up, Strategy and Success
Chair: Prof. Dr. Veronique Schutjens, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

XVIII. The role of Innovations in Regions of Varying Density
Chairs: Prof. Martin Andersson and Prof. Ron Boschma, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden.

XIX. Cluster Dynamics and Entrepreneurship
Chairs: Prof. Kingsley. E. Haynes, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA.


The Scientific Committee proudly presented the Best Paper Award winners 2014.

Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
The winners of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award are Nora Hesse, Leibniz University of Hannover, Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Germany. The title of her paper was:"Why Do Most University Spin-Offs Remain Small?"and Christoph Alfken, Leibniz University of Hannover, Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Germany. The title of his paper was: "Creative Class vs. Individual Creativity – A Multi-level Approach to the Geography of Creativity".

Best Paper Award
The winners of the Best Paper Award are Nedim Efendic, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, Fredrik Andersson, Statistics Sweden & Karl Wennberg, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. The title of their paper is: "Growth in Immigrant-Run Businesses".


This year The Region of West Sweden (Region of Västra Götaland) together with the University West arranged an afternoon seminar on 12th June, 13.00-16.00 at the Uddevalla Symposium. Some of the keynotes - leading researchers - discussed challenges and policies with practitioners from West Sweden.

An auditorium of about 65 people representing a broad spectrum of key actors from the region, directly involved with development work in the Region of Västra Götaland took part.


13.00 Challenges for West Sweden and our policies and actions to meet them
Tomas Ekberg, Chief analyst, Region Västra Götaland
13.45 Urban Futures
Jessica Algehed, Acting Director, Mistra Urban Futures, Gothenburg
14.30 Coffee Break
14.50 The Entrepreneurial Region – The Construction of Regional RTD Policy
Hans Fogelberg, RTD expert, Region Västra Götraland
15.30 Panelists recommendations and questions

Prof. Martin Andersson, CIRCLE, Lund University & Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Associate Prof. Alessandra Faggian, Ohio State University, USA.
Prof. Janet E. Kohlhase, University of Houston, USA.
Prof. Helen Lawton-Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
Prof. Rolf Sternberg, University of Hannover, Germany.
Prof. Frank van Oort, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Prof. Martin Andersson, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden.
Assoc. Prof. Per Assmo, University West, Sweden.
Prof. David Audretsch, University of Indiana, Institute for Development Strategies, USA.
Prof. Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Dr. Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Sweden.
Prof. Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina, USA.
Prof. Börje Johansson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Chair, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Sweden.
Assoc. Prof. Johan Klaesson, CEnSE, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.
Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
Prof. Hans Lööf, CESIS, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Prof. Mark Partridge, AED Economics, Ohio State University, USA.
Prof. Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA.
Prof. Lars Svensson, LINA, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Prof. Håkan Ylinenpää, CiiR, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.


Ms Iréne Bernhard, Tech.lic, Symposium Coordinator, University West, Sweden
Dr. Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Sweden,
Dr. Urban Gråsjö, University West, Sweden,
Dr. Elisabeth Jansson, University West, Sweden
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School, University West & Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden.
Ms Rebecca Olsson, University West, Sweden,


Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE), Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Center for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Sweden
Center for Interorganisational Innovation Research (CiiR), Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Center of Excellence for Science and Innovations Studies (CESIS), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm & Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
Fyrbodals Kommunalförbund, Sweden
George Mason University, School of Public Policy, Fairfax, VA, USA
Interreg Sweden-Norway
Interreg IV A Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerack (Marifus)
Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden
University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems), Sweden
Region Västra Götaland, 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 

Irene Bernhard, co-ordinator

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