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.
About 100 researchers from different scientific fields such as innovation, regional science, entrepreneurship, economic geography, economics, welfare work, learning, regional planning and tourism, took part. Except for 11 keynote presentations, 69 papers in 20 parallel paper seminars, were presented and discussed. Each seminar had 40 minutes allocated.
The formal opening took place on Thursday June 11th by the Vice-Chancellor Henrik Dam, University of Southern Denmark and the Mayor of Sønderborg, Erik Lauritzen. Plenary Session Chairs were Dr. Elisabeth Vestergaard, (Thursday June 11), Professor Charlie Karlsson (Friday June 12th) and Dr. Irene Bernhard (Saturday June 13th).
The following fantastic keynote speakers presented their research result on different perspectives on the overall theme:
Professor Christiano Antonelli, University of Turin, Italy:
"Endogenous Innovation: From the Schumpeterian Creative Response to an Emerging System Property"
Dr Georgeanne M. Artz, Iowa State University, USA:
"Location, Location, Location: The Role of Location-Specific Human Capital in Rural Firm Entry and Survival"
Professor Dan Breznitz, University of Toronto, Canada:
"The Revolutionary Power of Peripheral Agencies: Explaining Radical Policy Innovation"
Professor Johannes Bröcker, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany:
"The Spatial Impact of Globalisation in Germany"
Professor Cristina Chaminade, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden:
"Global Innovation Networks and Regional Dynamics: Towards a Future Research Agenda"
Professor Yvonne von Friedrichs, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden:
"Challenging the Normative Entrepreneurship - A Prerequisite for Regional Development"
Professor Henrik Halkier, Aalborg University, Denmark:
"Path Dependency, Resilience and the Development of Mature European Tourist Regions"
Professor Simona Iammarino, London School of Economics, London, UK:
"Multinational Enterprises, Offshoring and the Geography of Jobs"
Professor Franz W. Kellermans, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA:
"Building on the Family
Professor Ram Mudambi, Temple University, USA:
"Connected Cities: Global Connectivity and Local Outcomes"
Professor André Torre, l'INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), Paris, France:
"The Role of Proximity Relations in the Process of Territorial Development"
SUB-THEMES AND CHAIRS
A Call for Papers was sent out to invite scholars to write contributions organized in different sub-themes and chaired as follows:
I. Regional development in an international context - regional, national, cross border and international factors for growth and development
Or to one of the following special sessions:
II. Cross-border relations and economic development between Denmark and Germany (Interreg IVa).
Chairs: Prof. Stephan Panther, European University Flensburg & Prof. Andreas P. Cornett, University of Southern Denmark.
III. Cross border cooperation in an international context
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Olivier Walther, University of Southern Denmark.
IV. Medium sized city regions: potentials and challenges
Chair: Prof. Andreas P. Cornett & Ass. Prof. Nils Karl Sørensen University of Southern Denmark.
V. Globalization: Challenges and opportunities for regional companies;
Leveraging organizational capabilities in cross-border value chains;
Cross-border business networks and the new regionalism;
Global management challenges for value creation in border regions.
Chair: Prof. Bodo Steiner, Department of Border Region Studies & Danfoss Center of Global Business, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark.
VI. Tax and location incentives
Chair: Prof. Helen Lawton-Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
VII. Towards a smart rural Europe – smart specialization, regional and rural entrepreneurship
Chair: Dr. Pia Nilsson, CEnSE, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.
VIII. Learning in a new infrastructure for welfare work (LINA)
Chair: Prof. Lars Svensson, University West, Sweden.
IX. The role of local industrial and cultural heritage for destination development
Chair: Prof. Yvonne von Friedrichs, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden.
X. Entrepreneurship and sustainable regional development
Chair: Dr. Urban Gråsjö, University West, Sweden.
XI. Labor mobility in the light of the global crisis: New lessons for migration and labor market research?
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Timo Mitze, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark.
XII. Smart Specialization Strategies and regional labor based preconditions
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Susanne Gretzinger, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark.
Best Paper Awards
The Scientific Committee proudly presented the Best Paper Award winners 2015. The prices are sponsored by the Municipality of Uddevalla and University West, Trollhättan Sweden
Best PhD Candidate Paper Award winner was:
PhD Candidate Sabrina Fredin, Lund University, CIRCLE, Lund, Sweden & Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Dynamics, Karlskrona, Sweden. The title of her paper was:"Towards an Agency-Centred View on Regional Path Dependence: Discussing Theoretical Key Rationales".
Best Paper Award Winners were:
Høgni Kalsø Hansen, Assoc. Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Geography Section, Copenhagen K., Denmark & Lars Winther, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Geography Section, Copenhagen K., Denmark. The title of their paper was:"Urbanisation, Human Capital, Education Levels and Uneven regional Development in Denmark 2002-2012"
Regional Seminar – Theory meets Practice
Except for this there was on Friday afternoon organised a "round table discussion" on: "Regional development in practice: the Danish German border regions" with invited local regional actors. It was chaired by professor Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
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.
Prof. Andreas Cornett, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark.
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.
Dr. Iréne Bernhard, Symposium Coordinator, University West, Sweden
Dr. Rolf Dahlberg, University West, Sweden
Dr. Urban Gråsjö, University West, Sweden
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Chair, Jönköping International Business School & University West, Sweden
Ms. Janne Kjær Øe, Local organizer, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark
Ms. Rebecca Olsson, Symposium Assistant Coordinator, University West, Sweden
Dr. Elisabeth Vestergaard, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark
CO-FINANCERS AND SPONSORS
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
Danfoss Center of Global Business, Denmark Europa-Universität Flensburg, GermanyEuropean Regional Science Association (ERSA), Belgium
George Mason University, School of Public Policy, Fairfax, VA, USA
Interreg 4A Syddanmark-Schleswig – K.E.R.N. Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden
University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark
University West, Trollhättan, 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
Dr. Irene Bernhard, co-ordinator
Keynote Speakers Presentations