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The purpose of this international symposium on Entrepreneurship, Spatial Industrial Clusters and Inter-Firm Networks was to provide a state-of-the-art overview of current research on spatial industrial clusters.

During these three days there were 11 plenary keynote speaker-contributions before lunch and 42 parallel paper sessions with the "discussant concept" after lunch, which were organised around the following three subthemes:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Spatial Industrial Clusters
  • Inter-Firm Networks

Invited keynote-speakers

Professor Zoltan J. Acs, University of Baltimore, USA: "The geographic diversity of new firm formation and human capital",

Professor Björn Bjerke, Malmö University, Sweden: "Entrepreneurs, leaders and manager in growth - when, where and how?",

Professor Bo V. A. Carlsson, Case Western Reserve University, USA, "Entrepreneurship and growth",

Professor Amy K. Glasmeier, The Pennsylvania State University, USA: "The self-consciousness firm: information needs, acquisition strategies and utilization prospects",

Professor, Mia Gray, Department of Geography, Cambridge University, England, UK: "Inter and intrafirm networks and innovation: Gender and knowledge diffusion",

Professor Kingsley E. Haynes, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA: " Integrating models for regional development decisions: a policy perspective",

Professor Christopher Jensen-Butler, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK: "The economics of industrial clusters and an examination of their performance in Denmark"

Professor Börje Johansson, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden: "A Menagerie of Agglomeration and Network Externalities",

Dr Philip McCann, University of Reading, England: "Clusters, innovation and regional development",

Professor Karen R. Polenske, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA: "Measuring disposal economies",

Professor Roger R. Stough, The School of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA: "The relationship between functional and spatial industrial clustering in technology intensive regions"

Prof. Lars Ekedahl , Vice-chancellor The University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla, opened the symposium up on Thursday June 12, by talking about "University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development".

Attract younger scientist and establishment of Best paper Awards

Characteristic for this 6th Uddevalla symposium was that this symposium attracted a lot of younger scientist then ever. Almost 50% of the participants (not including the invited keynote speakers) were PhD. Candidates. In point of fact this is unique and a break in the trend also when talking about similar international symposia.

A very high percent of the participants thought that the symposium contributed to their own research and promoted their scientific network as well.

Another characteristic feature of this 6th Uddevalla Symposium was the establishing of two Best paper Awards; $700 Reward for the Best PhD student paper and $1000 Reward for the Best paper. The Swedbank in Uddevalla, Sweden sponsored the money. The winner of the Best Paper 2003 was Christoph Alsleben et al, University of Dortmund, Germany and the winner to the PhD-student paper was Max-Peter Menzel, University of Berne, Switzerland.


The University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla has also this year, published an anthology consisting of the revised papers presented at this symposium (Iréne Johansson, ed.) 

A hard-back proceeding of the revised papers presented at the symposium has been published by the University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla (ed. Iréne Johansson). For more information about publications from this Uddevalla Symposium as well as from all Uddevalla Symposia (so far) please click here
Text by Iréne Johansson

Updated by Irene Bernhard