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About the Awards

To stimulate high quality papers the Scientific Committee of the Uddevalla Symposium 2016 designate the Best Paper with €1000, the Best PhD Can­didate Paper with €700 and the IHE (Industry and Higher Education) Best Paper Award  with £100 in SAGE book vouchers.  The prizes are sponsored by the Uddevalla Municipality, Sweden, the University West, Sweden and SAGE Publishing, United Kingdom.  

2016

The winners of the Best Paper Award
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 title of their paper was: ”The Paradox of Openness Revisited: Collaborative Innovation and Patenting by UK Innovators”.

Motivation A creative and novel analysis of a two conflicting hypotheses concerning firm innovation behavior – The prevention of knowledge spillovers versus the need of open innovation.  The authors show that this tradeoff is resolved differently by different types of firms.  Leading firms are more vulnerable to unintended knowledge spillovers and consequently try to protect that knowledge by means of patenting. Followers that do more incremented innovation benefit less from patenting are less induced to patent.

The research in this paper is a distinct contribution not only to our understanding of innovation but also to our understanding of innovation but also to our understanding of firm strategic innovation behavior. 

The winner of the Best Phd Candidate Paper Award 
PhD Candidate Tina Wallin, Centre for Entrepreneurship and spatial Economics (CEnSE), Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden. The title of her paper was:” Labour Knowledge Complementarity and Exporter Innovativeness”.

Motivation: The paper:”Labour Knowledge Complementarity and Exporter Innovativeness” by Tina Wallin was given the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award. This paper has an innovative approach with a sound methodology. The results add a promising contribution to our understanding of the complementarity of internal and external knowledge in supporting innovativeness.

The Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden, the University West, Sweden were funding the Best Paper and Best PhD Candidate Awards.

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

Winners of the IHE-Best paper Award were PhD Candidate Aziza Al Ghafri, Dr. Gulzat Zhetibaeva Elvung and Terrence Brown, Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. The title of their contribution was: “Women Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Sweden: do age and date of arrival matter?” Motivation: This paper is highly original and important because it addresses an issue of great concern and interest to society in a way that is both novel abut also fundamentally rigorous. The analyses methods that are used enable the authors to reach conclusions that are not just novel but open a new line of research. The Members of the Scientific Committee of the 19th Uddevalla Symposium 2016 selected and decided upon the winning papers.

Dr Irene Bernhard  Member of the Scientific Committee & Coordinator of the 19th Uddevalla Symposium 2016

2015

The winners of the Best Paper Award 
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:"Urbanisation, Human Capital, Education Levels and Uneven regional Development in Denmark 2002-2012"

Motivation

The paper "Urbanisation, Human Capital, Educational Levels and Uneven Regional Development in Denmark 2002-2012" by Høgni Kalsø Hansen and Lars Winther addresses a central issue of regional development, the role of human capital in economic growth, based on Danish evidence. The paper has clear a well-argued research questions based on a targeted review of literature. The quality of the paper in general is that the specific Danish findings provide insight into an important issue in the international debate. Due to the well-argued interpretation of the findings related to the international literature the paper contributes to our general understanding of the topic. The RQ's are clearly formulated and the findings are discussed accordingly in the conclusion. Among the many interesting results is that it is not enough to consider academic human capital alone.

Overall the paper "Urbanisation, Human Capital, Educational Levels and Uneven Regional Development in Denmark, 2002-2012", addresses a big and important issue - what influences and shapes the development of regions. The paper links economic development to three important factors -- the degree of urbanization, human capital and educational levels. The main hypotheses are subjected to empirical scrutiny using a comprehensive data base and state-of-the art econometric methods, enabling the authors to reach significant and compelling conclusions.

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Sabina Fredin, Lund University, CIRCLE, Lund, Sweden & Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Dynamics, Karlskrona, Sweden. The title of her paper:"Towards an Agency-Centred View on Regional Path Dependence: Discussing Theoretical Key Rationales"

Motivation
The paper "Towards an Agency-Centred View on Regional Path Dependence: Discussing Theoretical Key Rationales" by Sabrina Fredin was given the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award. Over the years, several theoretical rationales have emerged forming the base of regional path dependence. Recently, this canonical path dependence literature has been criticized for the lack of human agency. In this paper it is discussed how the new path dependence literature challenges four theoretical key rationales of traditional regional path dependence.

It is a well structured paper having a good conceptual discussion and interesting conclusions.

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

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 is: "Growth in Immigrant-Run Businesses"

The winner of the Best PhD Candidate Paper Award
Nora Hesse, Leibniz University of Hannover, Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Germany. The title of her paper is:"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 is: "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