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We welcome the submission of papers to:

I. Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies

 
Or to one of the following special sessions:

II. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development Policy: National and Regional

Chair: Prof. Roger Stough, George Mason University, USA

III. Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe´s Economic Crisis 

Chairs: Dr. Daniel Silander, Linneaus University, Sweden, Dr. Charlotte Silander Linneaus University, Sweden and Assoc. Prof. Per Assmo, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. The European economic crisis, also named as the Eurozone crisis, challenged the European Union (EU) with member-states in 2007/2008 and forward. 

The economic crisis impacted all member-states and challenged political and economic survival in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, demanding immediate political and financial assistance to these governments from individual EU member-states the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since then, many European states have suffered declining growth, rising unemployment and social tension in dire straits for entrepreneurship, small business enterprise and growth and the economic crisis continues to be damaging to European integration and prosperity. By using social science and economics perspectives, the goal of this special session is to complement the dominant business administration research on entrepreneurship by increasing our knowledge about the European economic-political context in which entrepreneurship and private enterprise is conducted. This session explores the role of governance and political entrepreneurs for European economic growth and entrepreneurship among EU member-states. From a political science perspective, governance is a distinct form of political steering; it embeds organized networks of public and private actors that in collaboration and competition regulate public policies towards common gaols. Governance is distinguished from the traditional perspective on government where the later implies hierarchical steering based on centralized authority. Political scientists have over the last two decades argued that the EU symbolizes governance in European affairs. EU politics is today discussed and decided by supranational institutions, sovereign member-states and regional authorities besides economic and social actors. A governance-perspective on European politics stresses how EU politics and economics are decided by non-hierarchical steering based on networks of public and private actors and in which political entrepreneurship is crucial for economic entrepreneurship and growth in Europe.

In this session, we define a political entrepreneur as a politician/bureaucrat/officer/department within the publicly funded sector who with innovative approaches encourages entrepreneurship/business and where the goal is growth and employment. The approach of this session is to enrich the established research on entrepreneurship with in-depth knowledge of the conditions for entrepreneurship in Europe. The main focus of study is the role that the political entrepreneur from a governance perspective might play in promoting entrepreneurship and growth in Europe. This session especially welcomes papers on European political entrepreneurship in times of economic crisis with particular focus on political entrepreneurship and EU institutions, EU member-states and macro-regional actors and policies in Europe.

IV. Regional and Local Implications of the Renewal and Structural Change of the International Economies. Implications on Conditions of Living and Development in Non-Metropolitan Regions

Chairs: Prof. Andreas P. Cornett & Assoc. Prof. Nils Karl Sörensen, Dep. of Business & Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Sönderborg, Denmark. 

Regional and local implications of the renewal and structural change of the international economies. Implications on conditions of living and development in non-metropolitan regions. The purpose of the special session is to analyze and discuss the often unintended impacts of economic change or policy on regions and cities. We are interested in economic and policy analysis’s addressing general issues (i.e. change in the global production system and division of labor) as well as evaluation of specific policies (i.e. reforms of local and regional government or the educational system). Furthermore the implication on demographic change and the provision of public and private service in regions facing outmigration and aging has to be considered. Case studies as well as comparative or explanatory contributions are well come.

V. The Challenges of Smart Specialization Strategies and the Role of Entrepreneurial Universities

Chair: Dr. Domingos Santos, Instituto Politecnico de Castelo Branco; CICS:NOVA, Portugal 

To be competitive in the global arena regions must be capable of develop key capabilities in the exploitations of their resources and strengths. Smart Specialization strategies are a new approach to the problem of competitiveness and differentiation in global arena assuming that the “one size fits all” model cannot be the solution to the diversified structural threats territories face. The core principles contained in the Smart Specialisation approach represent a set of challenges, tensions and opportunities for the position of universities in regional strategies. To accomplish this, higher education institutions are key partners as a driver to innovation, knowledge and social capital building and valuation. The links between the entrepreneurial university paradigm and the implementation of smart specialization strategies must thus be discussed as a means to deepen the understanding of this institutional, entrepreneurial and territorial dynamics that is evolving towards a new competitive paradigm based on knowledge and innovation.

This Special Session aims to identify and begin to discuss these issues focusing on three particular elements: the increased focus on specific areas of R&D and innovation specialisation within a regional economy that can generate distinctive competitive advantages; the RD&I policies that are being formulated and implemented; and the role the so-called entrepreneurial universities should accomplish to add social and economic value to the territories.

VI. Geographical Concentration of Innovation and Creation of New Industries

Chairs: Prof. Tomomichi Yoshikawa, Waseda Business School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan & Prof. Hironari Ukai, Aichi Gakuin University , Aichi, Japan. 

Innovation is not created throughout the world.  Innovation is created only in a few places in the world. For an example, 70% of innovation of Semi-Conductor is created in Silicon-Valley. We also observe geographical concentration of creation of new industries as well. By analyzing several cases, we can characterize the conditions in which innovation and new industries are created. We hope, that many scholars share with these motivations of research agenda.  

VII. Local Community Collaboration, Networks and Innovation 

Chairs: Dr. Anna Karin Olsson, Assoc. Prof. Ulrika Lund Snis & Dr. Irene Bernhard, School of Business, Economics & IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. 

Innovation and networking are fundamental drivers of local and regional economic development. Research shows that local communities may be viewed as complex systems where various networks often act independently and in competition with one another, although they are highly dependent and affected by each other. Thus there is a need for research to address various challenges in local collaboration, networking and innovation such as e.g. actor involvement, digitalization, governance, coopetition, co-creation and inter-organizational learning.

 

VIII. Work Integrated Learning in a Digital Society (LINA)

Chairs: Prof. Lars Svensson and Dr. Thomas Winman, School of Business, Economics & IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.

The workplace is becoming increasingly digitalized. Globalization, specialization, robotization and an accelerating influence of digital services fueled by the access of big data and intelligent systems are mere examples of factors that are changing the professional landscape This affects not at least tomorrows’ work tasks and occupations  in the digital society. In such a changing society, there is a need for research that addresses the core questions concerning how to be a competent professional and citizen.

IX. Metropolitan Areas, Motors of Change and Socio-Economic Development: Policies Effective for Innovative Labour Markets and Innovative Situations 

Chairs: Professor Ulrich Hilpert, Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Department of Management, Birkbeck University of London, UK  and Professor Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo-SUNY, USA. 

This session is concerned with how development in metropolitan areas is related to the system(s) in which they are embedded and how this relates to both policies and polities which result in concentrations of capabilities and which attract innovative labour. Divergent polities indicate divergent processes of metropolitan development e.g. regional, national or European policies. Papers therefore might focus on:

  • the impact of different levels of policy-making on processes of metropolitan development
  • how innovative capabilities in metropolitan areas are built which cause them to emerge as Island of Innovation
  • different governmental systems and the role of EU-policies
  • divergent development of different metropolitan areas

X. Inclusive Innovation and Social Innovation: Evolution of Thought and Practice

Chairs: Professor Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo-SUNY, USA, Maureen McKelvey, Department of Economy & Society, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Helen Lawton Smith, Department of Management, Birkbeck University of London, UK  

The focus is on inclusive innovation and social innovation. Many other terms have been used since C. K. Prahalad wrote about the importance of the Bottom of the Pyramid as a target market for multinationals for developing countries, as well as social innovation for similar topics in developed countries. These terms and concepts include pro-poor innovation, inclusive innovation, social entrepreneurship and so on.  Recent literature has focused on the role of multiple stakeholders alongside multinationals to promote inclusive or pro-poor innovation as well as social ones.  The goal of this session is to bring together multidisciplinary research aimed at providing insights on the current status of understanding of inclusivity in innovation pursued by the private sector (foreign or domestic) or private-public collaboration in the Global South and provide some comparison of what that means in developed countries..

Papers therefore might focus on:

  • critical review of the evolution of thought concerning inclusive innovation and/or social innovation
  • how innovative capabilities of the Global South are leveraged to promote inclusive innovation by the private sector
  • where is the place of inclusive innovation in the current literature on innovation systems
  • paths of inclusive innovation based on case studies of firms and places
  • exploring the service innovation aspect of social innovation and entrepreneurship

 XI. Urban Economics

Chair: Johan Lundberg, PhD, President RSAS, Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University, Sweden

XII. Urban History

Chair: Johan Lundberg, PhD, President RSAS, Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University, Sweden

Call for papers 2017.pdf

 

Updated by Irene Bernhard