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Abstract submission deadline: 28th of January, 2018 --> EXTENDED DEADLINE February 5th, 2018 - How to submit abstract.

Printable Call for Papers:
CallForPapers_21st Uddevalla Symposium 2018.pdf


June 14 - 16, 2018


Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Keynote Speakers

Prof. David B. Audretsch, Indiana University, USA
Prof. Garry Bruton, Texas Christian University, USA
Prof.  Michael Fritsch, Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena, Germany
Prof. Elizabeth Gatewood, Wake Forest University, USA
Prof. Sarah Jack, Lancaster University, UK
Prof. Luciana Lazzeretti, University of Florence, Italy
Prof. Erik Stam, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Prof. Annalisa Sannino, Tampere University, Finland & University West, Sweden
Dr. Deborah Strumsky, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Prof. Michaela Trippl, Wirtschaftsuniversität, Wien, Austria
Prof. Shaker A. Zahra, Carlson School of Management, USA


Innovation and entrepreneurship assists finding new solutions to address challenges at all societal levels through alternative ways of using resources, looking upon problems from a new perspective, and putting existing companies and solutions on the offensive. These challenges could be at regional, urban, rural, national and international levels. In many cases, the new ways of working and solving needs calls for new types of entrepreneurs, innovators or other actors that supports and facilitate change. Different problems call for different set of ideas, skills and perspectives to ensure a broader set of resources and increased capacity, in which multiple actors, organizations and institutions join to bring different knowledge and skills to meet complex challenges. The theme for the 21st Uddevalla Symposium seeks new perspectives on innovation and entrepreneurship. Although not exclusive in any way, we believe that the following questions include issues that could be addressed: 

- Firm growth and new determinants 
- Regional growth and regional challenges
- Minorities, inclusion and discrimination 
- Gender issues 
- Geographies of innovation, resources and innovation strategies
- The role of regional institutions and social capital 
- Relationships and networks
- New perspectives on sustainability 
- Identity, motivation and belonging
- Industrial and regional disparities and innovation 
- Innovation, community, diversity and governance
- International barriers for growth and new types of entrepreneurship 
- Inclusive growth and bottom of the pyramid innovation 
- Role of innovation and entrepreneurship for addressing poverty
- Equality, entrepreneurship and innovation 
- New perspectives for entrepreneurship
- Education and learning in a world of differences 

Theme and Special Sessions

This year, additional to the main theme

Diversity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship –  Regional, Urban, National and International Perspectives

we have 13 special sessions. Full list of theme and special sessions.


Following the tradition established by the previous Uddevalla symposia, starting in 1998, the 21st symposium is designed to bring together leading-edge views of senior academic scholars and mix them with the critical and creative views of post-docs and PhD students engaged in their thesis work. We welcome researchers from various fields, such as economic geography, entrepreneurship, international business, management, political science, regional economics, small business economics, sociology and urban and regional planning.

The objectives of the twentyfirst Uddevalla Symposium 2018 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 so far eight special issues of prestigious journals and eighteen edited book volumes with additional three in the pipelines. Following the traditions, we are considering publishing either a special issue and/or a book volume consisting of a selection of papers presented at the symposium.

Our publications

Submission information

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 28th 2018  --> EXTENDED DEADLINE February 5th, 2018

How to submit your abstract! 

Other Key Dates

The organisation of the symposium

The 21st  Uddevalla Symposium 2018 will have the following structure.

Keynote sessions: Mornings up to lunch are set aside for 3-4 plenary keynote contributions of prominent scholars.

Parallel paper sessions: Afternoons are devoted to parallel sessions focusing on the development of emergent concepts, frameworks, and theories for better understanding of the themes of the symposium and the new challenges they pose for scholars and practitioners.

About the event

Best Paper Awards

To stimulate high quality papers the Scientific Committee of the Uddevalla Symposium 2018 designate the Best Paper with €1000 and the Best PhD Can­didate Paper with €700. The prizes are sponsored by the Uddevalla Municipality, Sweden.

All Best Paper Award Winners 

Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee members 

Organisation Committee

Organisation Committee members

Co-Financers and sponsors

George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government, Fairfax, VA, USA
Luleå university of Technology, Sweden 
Municipality of Uddevalla, Sweden 
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Trollhättan, Sweden 
University West, LINA, Trollhättan, Sweden 
The Institute of Business Administration (Företagsekonomiska institutet), Stockholm, Sweden 

Updated by Rebecca Olsson