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The 21st Uddevalla Symposium 2018 on: “Diversity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship – Regional, Urban, National and International Perspectives” was hosted by and took place at Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden, 14 – 16 June 2018.

Except for this a Pre-Symposium on Wednesday June 13 by the Regional Science Academy (TRSA) on: Remote and Lagging Regions: Issues and Opportunities in cooperation with the organizers of the Uddevalla symposium was arranged.

Almost 100 scholars from 16 countries participated at the 21st Uddevalla Symposium. In addition to 11 keynote presentations (in the mornings until lunch), 68 papers were presented and discussed in 18 parallel paper seminars. Besides a seminar with five presentations arranged by Regional Science Academy was arranged which makes in total 19 parallel paper seminars in the afternoons.

The Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Luleå Mrs Lenita Ericson opened the symposium up. Plenary Session Chairs, who also chaired panel discussions, were Professor Malin Malmström, Luleå University of Technology (Thursday June 14th), Dr Iréne Bernhard, University West (Friday, June 15), and Professor Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden (Saturday, June 16).

Keynote Speakers

The following invited keynote speakers presented recent research from different perspectives in relation to the overall theme:

Prof. David B. Audretsch, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA: Have we Oversold the Silicon Valley Model of Entrepreneurship? The (Re-) Emergence of Main Street Entrepreneurship

Prof. Garry Bruton, Texas Christian University, USA: Locally-Embedded Institutional Intermediaries in an Early Stage Market-Based Economy: Entrepreneurship in Kathmandu’s Indrachok Market Area

Prof. Michael Fritsch, Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena, Germany: Self-Employment and Well-Being Across Institutional Contexts

Prof. Sarah Jack, Lancaster University, UK & Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden: Building Entrepreneurship in Regions Through Social Incubation and ‘Engaged Universities’: The Relevance of Learning and Context for Growth

Prof. Luciana Lazzeretti, University of Florence, Florence, Italy: Exploring the Role of Culture and Creativity for Urban and Regional Development

Assoc. Prof. Kristina Nyström, KTH, Sweden: Working for an Entrepreneur

Prof. Vinit Parida, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden: Behind Closed Doors: Governmental Venture Capital Meetings, Cognitive Logics, and Venture Capital Decisions to Support Entrepreneurs

Prof. Annalisa Sannino, University of Tampere, Finland & University West, Sweden: Anchoring Forward the Grand Challenge of Eradicating Homelessness

Prof. Erik Stam, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Systems Approach

Dr. Deborah Strumsky, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA: Does the Type of Inventive Novelty Matter for Metropolitan Establishment Creation?

Special sessions

The following eleven special sessions were organized by senior scholars from the Uddevalla Symposium network:

I. Entrepreneurship and Innovation: micro and macro perspectives
Chair: Prof. Kingsley E. Haynes, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, USA,

II. Regional innovation cluster - what do clusters supply?
It is important for us to recognize that Innovation is not created through the world. Only a few places in the world Innovation is created. We will focus on these phenomena from the point of view of resources that region supplies. Regional Resources that Innovation Cluster supplies are divided into. 
Chairs: Tomomichi Yoshikawa, former Professor of Innovation Management, Waseda Business School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan,  and Hironari Ukai, Professor, Department of Management, and Director, Centre for Community Collaboration, Aichi Gauin University, Nagoya, Japan,

III. Features of resources, industries, diversity and growth that create challenges and opportunities in Artic regions
A recent interest is directed towards Artic regions. The features of Artic regions are shared by many states.  One notion of such regions is that common features are the basis to understand where challenges and opportunities come from. This track offers room for creative discussions on the new role of how resources, industries, diversity and growth create opportunities and challenges in Artic regions. Such discussion specifically welcomes papers with a clear angle on Artic regions.        
Chair: Dr. Ossi Pesämaa, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden,

IV. Place innovation in diverse perspectives
Innovation has been proven to be a fundamental driver of local and regional economic development, as is the identity, design and branding of specific places such as cities, municipalities, regions etc. This makes ‘place innovation’ a useful concept for studying and promoting the development of attractive communities. Dynamics and challenges of interaction among different stakeholders in a place are of specific interest for this session, as well as the diversity and heterogeneity in the approaches applied in studies of place innovation. 
Chairs:  Dr. Irene BernhardIrene.bernhard@hv, Assoc. Prof. Ulrika Lundh Snis,, Dr. Anna Karin Olsson,, School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden and Assoc. Prof.Malin Lindberg, Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences,

V. Evolutionary aspects of policy and industry connections
Chairs: Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and  Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen,, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, USA

VI. Understanding societal development from the perspective of work integrated learning- methods for collaboration and innovation (LINA). 
This session focus on new and innovative methods for research and development where different stakeholders meet and collaboratively address challenges in a contemporary society. 
Chairs: Prof. Lars Svensson,, Prof. Per Assmo,  & Dr. Thomas Winman,, School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

VII. Small and medium sized enterprises in cross-border regions: challenges, opportunities and success factors
Cross-border regions are subject to study for various reasons, and it is often concluded that the geographical border poses a great opportunity for the local business life. SME:s face challenges on local, regional and global markets. In this session, papers addressing these challenges, opportunities and success factors are welcome.
Chair:  Dr. Ellinor Torsein, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

VIII. Gender, entrepreneurship and contextual dependencies
Chair: Prof. Malin Malmström, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden,

IX. In the digital world, there are no periphery – Digital Innovations and Entrepreneurship in physical peripheries 
The increased use of digital tools is opening for new innovations and forms of entrepreneurship all over the world. In what has been rural and geographically peripheral areas digitalisation meets other challenges when innovations and change takes other forms.
Chairs: Dr. Magdalena Cedering,, Department of Education, Uppsala University; Mrs. Kristin and Prof. Elin Wihlborg,, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden.

X. Signatures of Regional Science: Intelligent Cities: People, Producers, Policy-Makers (The Regional Science Academy)              
In the ‘New Urban World’ cities are receiving an increasingly prominent position as socio-political and economic-technological power stations. In the past decades, the notion of smart cities has come to the fore, while in recent years the concept of ‘intelligent cities’ (i-cities) has gained much popularity. This session aims to address the role of stakeholders in the process of i-city strategies, with a particular emphasis on consumers (people), the business sector (producers) and the governance institutions (policy-makers). 
Chairs: Prof. Roger Stough,, George Mason University, USA & Dr. John Östh,  Uppsala university, Sweden.

XI. Growth, innovation and transportation in the Nordic countries
Organised by Prof. Hans Westlund,, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and Prof. Lars Westin,, Umeå university Sweden In collaboration with NRSA (Nordic Regional Science Association) and RSAS (Regional Science Association of Sweden).

Best paper Awards 2018

The winners of the Best Paper Award were:  Post-doc Alexandra Tsvetkova & Professor Mark Partridge, the Ohio State University, USA. The title of their paper was: "Knowledge-Based Service eEconomy and Firm Entry: An Alternative to the Knowledge Spillover Theory of Entrepreneurship"
Motivation: This paper is academically ambitious, insightful and well argued. It genuinely has new things to say about the knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship by presenting alternative theoretical frameworks. The methodology is clear and well explained.

The winner of the Best Phd Candidate paper award was: PhD Candidate Karin Berg, Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The title of her paper was: ”How Academic Engagement Can Influence Firm Innovation. The Perspective of Industrial PhD Students in Engineering”. 
Motivation: This paper has a highly interesting topic. The study has a well-designed research approach and methodology with interesting results. Furthermore the paper add a promising contribution to our understanding of collaboration between academia and industry that often is subject to intense debate not least regarding capabilities for job-opportunities and the development of innovation.

Jury: The Members of the Scientific Committee of the 21st Uddevalla Symposium 2018 selected and decided upon the winning papers. The prizes are sponsored by the Uddevalla Municipality, Sweden.

Read more about the best papers awards

Scientific Committee 

Prof. Martin Andersson, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden.
Prof. Per Assmo, University West, Sweden.
Prof. David Audretsch, University of Indiana, Institute for Development Strategies, USA.
Dr. Irene Bernhard, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
Prof. Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Prof. Andreas Cornett, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark.
Prof. Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina, USA.
Prof. Börje Johansson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Chair, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.
Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
Prof. Malin Malmström, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
Prof. Mark Partridge, AED Economics, Ohio State University, USA.
Prof. Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA.
Prof. Lars Svensson, University West, LINA, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Prof. Joakim Wincent, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

Organisation Committee 

Dr. Iréne Bernhard, Chair, Symposium Coordinator, University West, Sweden.
Dr. Urban Gråsjö, University West, Sweden.
Prof. Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.
Prof. Malin Malmström, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
Ms. Rebecca Olsson, Symposium Assistant Coordinator, University West, Sweden.
Prof. Joakim Wincent, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

Co-financers and sponsors 

Learning in and for the new Working Life - LINA (Work Integrated Learning), University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden               
Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
The Institute of Business Administration, (Företagsekonomiska Institutet), Stockholm, Sweden
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Trollhättan, Sweden.

Iréne Bernhard, Chair Organization Committee

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