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We welcome the submission of papers to:

I.   Unlocking the Potential of Regions Through Entrepreneurship and Innovation

      Or  to one of the following special sessions:

II.   Uncovering the Role of Culture for Local Entrepreneurship
       The importance of culture for entrepreneurship has been an active area of research
       in social sciences during the last three decades. The bulk of evidence point at
       cultural differences as a main driver of differences in entrepreneurial activity (Tan,
       2002; Shane, 1994) and innovation outcomes (Shane, 1993; Shane et al., 1995)
       across national economies. But influential research has also highlighted the
       important role of local cultural differences for entrepreneurship and innovation
       dynamics at the regional level (Saxenian, 1994; Peredo, McLean, 2006;
       Pfeilstetter 2013). That is why, culture has come to the forefront as one of the key
       framework conditions of the entrepreneurial (Isenberg, 2011) and innovation
       (Mitra 2012) ecosystems. There is, however, a large scope for exploration of the
       still not fully-understood linkages between culture and entrepreneurship,
       particularly at the local and regional levels. 
       Chair: Dr. Giulia Pezzi, Gran Sasso Science Institute, GSSI L’Aquila: 

III.  Cultural and Creative Industries and Regional Innovation
       Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) comprise a broad range of activities,
       including cultural heritage, architecture, music, live performance, publishing, music,
       arts and crafts professions, television, radio, film and video, advertising, design,
       fashion, video games, software and, in some cases, IT services. CCIs play a
       distinctive role in redefining the relationships between place, economy, culture and
       creativity, especially considering the global and digital character of today’s
       In many countries, CCIs constitute a dynamic and resilient sector which, in the last
       years, has grown faster than the rest of the economy, making them attractive to
       policy makers as drivers of sustainable economic growth and employment creation.
       However, due to the rapid evolution of CCIs, the difficulties to define their needs,
       and the fragmentation of the policy frameworks, national and local policy makers
       tend to systematically underestimate their contribution to the economy and
       consequently deploy insufficient means to support them.
       Chair: Dr. Alessandro Crociata, Gran Sasso Science Institute, GSSI L’Aquila,

IV.  Kinds of Regional Resources that Contribute Innovation and Creation of New
       Innovation is not created everywhere in the world. We can observe the Spatial
       Concentration of Innovation. It means that the Regional Resources of a specific
       place are so important for promoting innovation. We would like to invite scholars as
       well as faculty members in many regions to share the spatial concentration of
       innovation. We can learn many different regions and also histories. Research
       inquiries we commonly have are: 1) What are the Regional Resources, including
       Technology, Human Resources, Capital, Social Institutions and Social Capital to
       promote Innovation? 2) We inquire the reason why such Regional Resources are
       available in the Region. 3) Why are some of these Regional Resources not
       transferable to other regions?
       Chairs: Tomomichi Yoshikawa, Professor emeritus, GSB, Waseda University, Tokyo,
       Japan, & Hironari Ukai, Professor of Graduate School of
       Economics/Faculty of Economics, Nagoya City University, Nagoya, Japan,

V.   Innovation and Societal Development from the Perspective of Work Integrated
       This session focus on innovative research and development where different
        stakeholders meet and collaboratively address challenges in a contemporary
        Chairs: Prof. Lars Svensson,, Prof. Per Assmo,, Assoc. Prof. Fredrik Sunnemark, &
        Assoc. prof. Thomas Winman,, University West,
        Trollhättan, Sweden.

VI.  Technological Change, Urbanization and Productivity Growth in the 21st
        Chair: Prof. Roger R. Stough, George Mason University, USA,     
        Co-Chairs: Karima Kourtit, Eindhofen University of Technology, The Netherlands,  , & Alexandra Tvetskova, The Ohio
        State University, USA,  

VII. Institutional Entrepreneurship and Structural Change: the Impact of
        Entrepreneurs on their Surrounding Institutions
        Entrepreneurs have long been viewed in the literature as acted-upon actors if not
        objects who are constrained by the institutional environment in which they are
        embedded. Recent studies have been analysing the collective effect of
        entrepreneurs in different innovation systems to actually impact their institutional
        environments and even develop new ones, intentionally and unintentionally. 
        Accordingly, institutional entrepreneurship helps us understand the power
        dynamics in the institutionalization processes, and how entrepreneurs capitalize on
        tangible and intangible resources for institutional change (Garud et al, 2007).
        Moreover institutions do not only matter in regional development, but they also
        undergo several changes as impacted by the wider system and the actors in that
        Papers are invited for this special session on the relationship between
        entrepreneurs and their institutional environments. Papers might focus for example

  • The interplay between local, regional and national entrepreneurship institutional environments.
  • Case studies of regional entrepreneurship institutional environments.
  • Case studies of sectoral entrepreneurship institutional environments and how they play out at different spatial scales.
  • Shifting dynamics of policy agenda for entrepreneurs at local/regional scales, power relationships and intended and unintended consequences.
  • Roles played by individuals and coalitions formed by them in institutionalisation processes .

        Chairs: Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Department of Management, Birkbeck,
        University of London, UK, & Dina Mansour, Birkbeck,
        University of London, UK, 

VIII. Ageing and Entrepreneurship
        While the age structure of the workforce is quickly changing in many developed
        countries, little is known about how older workers will impact regional and
        national economies. An older population affects economic activity in diverse
        ways, through potential changes in demand and their migration and location
        decisions. As population is ageing, older age entrepreneurship will become a
        large and important part of the economic activity. On the one hand, older
        entrepreneurs tend to have more work experience, more networks and stronger
        financial assets.
        On the other hand, they might be less productive, be in worse health, have lower
        energy levels, and perhaps be less educated. At the same time, reasons why they
        enter entrepreneurship are also diverse. While they may become self-employed
        due to “push factors” such as insufficient retirement funds or inadequacies in
        their pension rights, there are also “pull factors” including the economy being
        highly service oriented, flexibility in working hours, and working part time which
        affect their decisions. This special session is denoted to deal with the
        relationship between ageing and entrepreneurship.  
        Chair: Dr. Mikaela Backman, Jönköping University, Sweden,   


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