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We welcome the submission of papers to:

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

      Or to one of the following special sessions:

II.   Entrepreneurship and Innovation: micro and macro perspectives
       Chair: Prof. Kingsley E. Haynes, Schar School of Policy and Government,     
       George Mason University, Arlington, VA, USA,

III.  Europe 2020: smart, sustainable and inclusive growth – assessing agenda
       2020 and European political entrepreneurship for a prosperous European
       One major challenge for the member states of the European Union (EU) over the 
       last two decades has been the economic crisis that began in 2007–2008. The
       global economic crisis has been assessed by economics and politicians as the     
       worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. This special session aims to
       focus on European political entrepreneurship and the Europe 2020 by assessing 
       the impact of Europe 2020 on creating a smart, sustainable and inclusive
       European growth.
       Chairs:  Assoc. Prof. Daniel Silander, & Dr. Brigitte
Linnaeus University, Sweden.

IV.  Regional innovation cluster-what do clusters supply?
       It is important for us to recognize that Innovation is not created through the
       world. Only a few places in the world Innovation is created. We will focus on these
       phenomena from the point of view of resources that region supplies. Regional
       Resources that Innovation Cluster supplies are divided into.
       Chairs: Tomomichi Yoshikawa, former Professor of Innovation Management, 
       Waseda Business School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, & Prof. Hironari Ukai, Department of
       Management, and Director, Centre for Community Collaboration, Aichi Gauin
       University, Nagoya, Japan,

V.   Features of resources, industries, diversity and growth that create challenges
       and opportunities in Artic regions
       A recent interest is directed towards Artic regions. The features of Artic regions   
       are shared by many states. One notion of such regions is that common features
       are the basis to understand where challenges and opportunities come from. This
       track offers room for creative discussions on the new role of how resources,
       industries, diversity and growth create opportunities and challenges in Artic
       regions. Such discussion specifically welcomes papers with a clear angle on Artic
       Chair: Dr. Ossi Pesämaa, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden, 

VI.  Place innovation in diverse perspectives
       Innovation has been proven to be a fundamental driver of local and regional
       economic development, as is the identity, design and branding of specific places
       such as cities, municipalities, regions etc. This makes ‘place innovation’ a useful
       concept for studying and promoting the development of attractive communities.
       Dynamics and challenges of interaction among different stakeholders in a place
       are of specific interest for this session, as well as the diversity and heterogeneity
       in the approaches applied in studies of place innovation. 
       Chairs: PhD Irene Bernhardirene.bernhard@hv, Assoc. Prof. Ulrika Lundh Snis,   
        ulrika.snis@hv.sePhD Anna Karin Olsson, School of Business, Economics and IT,
        University West, Trollhättan, Sweden  & Assoc.
        Prof. Malin Lindberg, Associate Professor, Luleå University of  Technology,
        Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences,

VII. Evolutionary aspects of policy and industry connections
       Chairs: Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Department of Management, Birkbeck,
       University of London, UK, and Sharmistha Bagchi-
Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, USA,

VIII. Understanding societal development from the perspective of work integrated
         learning- methods for collaboration and innovation
         This session focus on new and innovative methods for research and development
         where different stakeholders meet and collaboratively address challenges in a
         contemporary society.
         Chairs: Prof. Lars Svensson., Prof. Per Assmo,  & Dr. Thomas Winman, School of Business, Economics and
         IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden,

IX.   Too much or too little funding for startups? Theory and evidence
        This special session examines the arguments and evidence for too little funding
        based on Stiglitz-Weiss vs those for too much funding based on de Meza-Webb
        papers. There is now empirical evidence supporting the latter. 
        Chair: Dr. Robert Cressy, Birmingham Business School, UK,

X.    Small and medium sized enterprises in cross-border regions: challenges,
        opportunities and success factors
        Cross-border regions are subject to study for various reasons, and it is often
        concluded that the geographical border poses a great opportunity for the local
        business life. SME:s face challenges on local, regional and global markets. In this
        session, papers addressing these challenges, opportunities and success factors
        are welcome.
        Chair: Dr. Ellinor Torsein, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

XI.   Gender, entrepreneurship and contextual dependencies
        Chair: Prof. Malin Malmström, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden,

XII.   In the digital world, there are no periphery – Digital Innovations and
         Entrepreneurship in physical peripheries
         The increased use of digital tools is opening for new innovations and forms of
         entrepreneurship all over the world. In what has been rural and geographically
         peripheral areas digitalisation meets other challenges when innovations and
         change takes other forms.
         Chairs: Dr. Magdalena Cedering, Department of Education, Uppsala University,
, Mrs Kristin Winander,
          & Prof. Elin Wihlborg, Department of Management and Engineering,
          Linköping University, Sweden,

XIII.  Signatures of Regional Science: Intelligent Cities: People, Producers, Policy-
          In the ‘New Urban World’ cities are receiving an increasingly prominent position
          as socio-political and economic-technological power stations. In the past
          decades, the notion of smart cities has come to the fore, while in recent years
          the concept of ‘intelligent cities’ (i-cities) has gained much popularity. This
          session aims to address the role of stakeholders in the process of i-city
          strategies, with a particular emphasis on consumers (people), the business
          sector (producers) and the governance institutions (policy-makers).
          Chairs: Prof. Roger Stough, George Mason University, USA,
          & Dr. John Östh, Uppsala university, Sweden, 

XIV.   Growth, innovation and transportation in the Nordic countries
           Organised by Prof. Hans Westlund, Royal Institute of  Technology, Stockholm,
           Sweden, & Prof. Lars Westin, Umeå university
           Sweden In collaboration with NRSA (Nordic Regional Science
           Association) and RSAS (Regional Science Association of

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