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Innovation in established small and medium sized enterprises is a key influence on regional entrepreneurship and how regions change over time. The entrepreneurial ecosystems approach (Stam 2015) provides a framework for identifying where creativity and innovation exist and where they are lacking. However, it could also be argued that this and other systems approaches underplay the key role of skills in underpinning industrial transitions. Thus, a greater emphasis on management and workforce skills and capabilities is needed.  Papers are invited to this special session which will focus on creativity and skills in exploring regional change.

Topics might include but are not limited to, 

  • The role of HEIs in adding to regional enterprise with the associated supply and demand for creative labour.
  • Mobility and creativity in local and non-local labour markets.
  • Skills and creativity in clusters

Chairs: Prof. Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, h.lawton-smith@bbk.ac.uk & Prof. Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, University of Buffalo, USA  geosbs@buffalo.edu

Updated by Rebecca Olsson