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2017

The prizes are sponsored by the Uddevalla Municipality, Sweden& the University West, Sweden.

The winners of the Best Paper Award

The title of the paper
"Assessing the role of industry variety for the creation of innovative start-ups: evidence from Italian local labour market areas"

Authors
Accociated professor Roberto Antonietti and Francesca Gambarotto, “Marco Fanno” Department of Economics and Management, University of Padova, Italy.

Motivation
This study shows that innovative start-ups are more frequently created in areas where unrelated variety is higher implying that they in these areas find higher opportunities to combine different pieces of knowledge.Thus, the results give support to the importance of Jacob’s externalities. Based upon a literature survey this study uses a unique data set and proper econometric techniques for analysis. The study brings new and important evidence about the role of industrial variety for the creation of innovative start-ups. 

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award

The title of the paper
”Effects of IKEA Entry – spatial impacts on firm level retail sales"

Author
PhD Candidate Helena Nilsson, HUI Research & Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden

Motivation
The paper” Effects of IKEA Entry – spatial impacts on firm level retail sales” by Helena Nilsson was given the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award.
This paper has a well theoretical connection to previous and current research and a sound  research approach and methodology. Furthermore the paper has a “straight forward” analysis, with relevant results.
The paper add a promising contribution to our understanding of the entry of big-boxes that often is subject to intense debate not least regarding job-opportunities and vis-a-vi the development of city-centers.

2016

The prizes are sponsored by the Uddevalla Municipality, Sweden; the University West, Sweden and SAGE Publishing, United Kingdom.

The winners of the Best Paper Award

The title of the paper
”The Paradox of Openness Revisited: Collaborative Innovation and Patenting by UK Innovators”

Authors
Professor Ashish Arora, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA & National Bureau of Economic Research, Boston, MA, USA.
Professor Suma Athreye, Brunel Business School, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.
Dr. Can Huang, Institute for Intellectual Property Management, School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award

The title of the paper
”Labour Knowledge Complementarity and Exporter Innovativeness”

Author
PhD Candidate Tina Wallin, Centre for Entrepreneurship and spatial Economics (CEnSE), Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden.

The winners of the IHE Best Paper Award

This year there was an additional Best Paper Award as Industry and Higher Education (IHE), now published by and SAGE Publishing from the journal’s June 2016 issue, sponsored a Best Paper Award at the 19th Uddevalla Symposium 2016.

The title of the paper
“Women Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Sweden: do age and date of arrival matter?”

Authors
PhD Candidate Aziza Al Ghafri
Dr. Gulzat Zhetibaeva Elvung
Terrence Brown
All authors from Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.

Motivations and other information.

2015

The prizes are sponsored by the Uddevalla Municipality, Sweden& the University West, Sweden.

The winners of the Best Paper Award 

The title of the paper
"Urbanisation, Human Capital, Education Levels and Uneven regional Development in Denmark 2002-2012"

Authors
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 winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award

The title of the paper
"Towards an Agency-Centred View on Regional Path Dependence: Discussing Theoretical Key Rationales"

Author
Sabina Fredin, Lund University, CIRCLE, Lund, Sweden & Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Dynamics, Karlskrona, Sweden.

Motivations and other information.

2014

The winners of the Best Paper Award:

Fredrik Andersson, Statistics Sweden; Nedim Efendic Karl Wennberg, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. The title of their paper: "Growth in Immigrant-Run Businesses".

The winners of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Awards

Nora Hesse, Leibniz University of Hannover, Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Germany. The title of her paper: "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: "Creative Class vs. Individual Creativity – A Multi-level Approach to the Geography of Creativity" .

The Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden and the University West, Sweden was funding the awards. 

 2013

The winners of the Best Paper Award
Andrea Bonaccorsi & Massimiliano Guerini, DESTEC, University of Pisa, Italy and Massimo G. Colombo & Cristina Rossi Lamastra, DIG, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, on: "The Role of Geographical, Social and Cognitive Proximity in Collaborations between High-tech Entrepreneurial Ventures and Universities".

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Peter Warda, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) and Center of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS) KTH, Sweden, on: "Labor Decomposition - A Firm Level Analysis on Import Quality and Labor Demand".

The Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden and the University West, Sweden was funding the awards. 

2012

The winners of the Best Paper Award
Mikko Moilanen, Stein Østbye & Kristin Woll, Tromsø University Business School, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway, on: "Happy Together? Formal and Practical Knowledge, Learning Modes and Product Innovation".

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Eleonore Huang Vogel, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden, on: "Entrepreneurial Opportunity Recognition and Exploitation in the Academia: a Dynamic Process of Networking".

The Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden and the University West, Sweden was funding the awards. 

2011

The winners of the Best Paper Award
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
Mattias Örnerheim, Linköping University, Sweden, on: "What frames quality registers in Swedish health care – An institutional approach".

The Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden and the University West, Sweden was funding the awards. 

2009

The winner of the Best Paper Award
Darrene Hackler, George Mason University, Department of Public and International Affairs, USA, on: "High-Technology and Regions in an Era of Open Innovation".

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Anders Broström, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CECIS), Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, on: "Working with distant researchers - distance and content in university-industry interaction".

The City of Uddevalla was funding the awards. 

2008

The winners of the Best Paper Award
Roland Andersson and Mats Wilhelmsson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden & John M. Quigley, University of California, Berkeley, USA, on: "Urbanization, Productivity and Innovation: Evidence from Investment in Higher Education".

The winners of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Sameeksha Desai, George Mason University (now moved to University of Missouri), USA, Max Planck, Institute of Economics, Germany & Johan E. Eklund, Jönköping International Business School & the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, on: "Ownership, Economic Entrenchment and Allocation of Capital".

The Local Organizers Prize
Takayuki Ueda and Seiki Ochi, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo & Muneta Yokomatsu, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan, on: "Knowledge and Skill for Infrastructure Technology for Survival of Economy in Global Competition".

Honourable Mention
Olof Ejermo, CIRCLE, Lund University & Urban Gråsjö, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden, on: "Effects of R&D on Regional Invention and Innovation".

The Swedbank in Uddevalla was funding the awards. 

2007

The winners of the Best Paper Award
Henrich Dahlgren & Finn Valentin, Research Centre on Biotech Business, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark, on: "Shaken not Stirred – Multinational Takeovers in Sweden's Pharmaceutical Industry. A Study of the Re-combinatorial Capacity of the Bio-pharma Regional Innovation System in Stockholm-Uppsala".

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Juan Julio Gutierrez, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA, on: "Innovation in Low & Medium Technology Manufacturing: the Role of Networking and Input Acquisition within a Regional Free Trade Agreement".

The Swedbank in Uddevalla was funding the awards. 

2006

The winners of the Best Paper Award
Gary A. S. Cook, University of Liverpool Management School, UK & Naresh R. Pandit, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK, on: "International linkages and entrepreneurship in media clusters. Evidence from the UK".

The winners of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Helena Bohman & Désirée Nilsson, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden, on: "Income Inequality as a Determinant of Trade Flows". 

2005

There were two Best Paper Award 2005 winners and one winner of the Best PhD Candidate paper.

The winners of the Best Paper Awards
Claudia Müller & Rolf Sternberg, Institute of Economic Geography, University of Cologne, Germany, on: "Why entrepreneurship by return migrants is crucial for technology-based regional development. Theoretical arguments and empirical evidence from an emerging region".

and

Ruediger Kabst & Christian Schwens, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Giessen, Germany, on: "Early Internationalizers: Transaction Cost Economics and Structural Embeddedness".

The winners of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Tobias Dalhammar & Terrence E. Brown, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, on: "Industrial Effects on Resource acquisition: Immigrant enterprises in Kista, Stockholm".

The Swedbank in Uddevalla, Sweden sponsored the awards. 

2004

The winner of the Best Paper Award
Frank G. van Oort, Netherland Institute for Spatial Research (RPB), The Hague and Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht (URU), Utrecht University & Erik Stam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on: "Entrepreneurship, Firm Growth and Agglomeration Economies in the Dutch ICT Sector".

The winners of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Christian Traxler & Sven Stöwhase, University of Munich, Germany, on: "Tax Evasion and Auditing in a Federal Economy".

The Swedbank in Uddevalla, Sweden sponsored the awards. 

2003

The winner of the Best Paper Award
Christoph Alsleben, et al., University of Dortmund, Germany.

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Max-Peter Menzel, University of Berne, Switzerland.

The Swedbank in Uddevalla, Sweden sponsored the awards.

Some photos


Best Paper Award 2016

Best PhD Student Paper 2016

Best PhD Student Paper 2015

Updated by Irene Bernhard