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June 30 - July 2, 2016


Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, London, UK

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In a world of innovation polarized by large giants such as Google and Microsoft, what is the role of small entrepreneurial firms? Can, and should, an innovation system such as Silicon Valley be replicated and enhanced under differing social and cultural conditions as in developed and in emerging economies? More generally, would a more open innovation system have different geographical characteristics? In order to discuss these issues, we invite theoretical and empirical research papers across a range of disciplines and fields to contribute to the symposium:

  • The emergence and evolution of high technology and traditional clusters
  • The nature of business models around open innovation in software and other industries
  • The financing of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • The role of public policy in supporting spatially distributed and open innovation systems
  • Inequality and diversity in entrepreneurship and innovation management
  • The resurgence in manufacturing and the role of new technologies
  • Maker spaces & the new sharing economy
  • Science and innovation parks and open Innovation
  • Closed vs. open innovation systems at the regional level
  • Lean entrepreneurship and regional economic development
  • Open innovation and university R&D
  • Open innovation in large vs. small businesses


The objectives of the nineteenth Uddevalla Symposium 2016 are;

i) 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 parallel competitive paper sessions, and

ii) to facilitate the development and synthesis of important contributions into cohesive and integrated collections for potential publication.

Therefore, unpublished complete papers are invited for presentation and feedback from other scholars. Leading-edge contributions from the previous symposia have appeared in special issues of prestigious journals and eleven edited book volumes. Selected list of publications of previous symposia. This symposium will follow the same practice. In addition to an Uddevalla Symposium Proceeding, we are considering to publish either a special issue and/or a book volume consisting of a selection of papers presented and at the symposium.


See our updated Program overview for Symposium 2016 and the Paper Session program.

For more information about the Special Sessions, see our list of theme and special sessions.

Keynote speakers 2016

Prof. Philippe Aghion - College de France, France

Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Clark - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Gary Cook - University of Liverpool, UK

Prof. Robert N. Cressy - Birmingham Business School, UK

Prof. Colette Henry - Dundalk Institute of Technology, (TRIGGER), Ireland

Prof. Richard Kneller - University of Nottingham, UK

Prof. Barbara Orser - University of Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Andrés Rodriguez-Pose - London School of Economics, UK

Prof. Wim Vanhaverbeke - Hasselt University, Belgium

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