General Content of the Three 2007 Sessions


Venue: Strasbourg, 19th-30th March

week 1 : Micro-economics of innovation (coordination : Fredrik Tell/Luigi Marengo)
This week will give an overview of some fundamental research topics in the micro-economics of technological change mainly, but not exclusively, within an evolutionary economic perspective. Particular emphasis will be given to the role of firms as drivers of innovation. Topics covered will include the economic sources and consequences of innovation, innovation and industry dynamics, appropriability of innovation, relations between technology and organization, competencies and diversification.
Lecturers :
Markus BECKER, BETA, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France; Stefano BRUSONI, CESPRI, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy; Giovanni DOSI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy, Felicia FAI, University of Bath, UK, Patrick LLERENA, BETA, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, Luigi MARENGO, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy, Corrado PASQUALI, Terramo University, Italy, Fredrik TELL, University of Linköping, Sweden

week 2 : Innovation, networks and knowledge flows (coordination: Robin Cowan/PaolaGiuri)
The second week of the Strasbourg session takes up the groundwork laid by the first week and introduces a focus on knowledge flows. Within a system of innovation, access to and dissemination of knowledge can be a key to overall performance. In recent years this has been modelled building on approaches and techniques social network analysis. This week includes general lectures on network analysis, as well as more focussed lectures applying ideas of network analysis and knowledge flows in specific situations.
Robin COWAN, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, NL and BETA, Strasbourg, France, Maryann FELDMAN, Rotman School of Management, Toronto University, Canada, Paola GIURI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy, Myriam MARIANI, CESPRI, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, Muge ÖZMAN-GOSSART, METU, Ankara, Turkey, Stefan WAGNER, INNO-tec, LMU Munich, Germany


Venue: Pecs 2nd-13th July

week 1: Geography of innovation and growth : theory and empirics (coordination: Attila Varga/Ron Boschma)
Technological change is the single most important drive of long run economic growth. In the recent economics literature scientists’ interests turned heavily to the regional dimension of this process that is the extent to which spatial proximity and agglomeration of the actors in innovation contribute to the effectiveness of the system both in terms of technological development and per capita growth. The focus of the first Pécs week is on the current state of affairs of this field in theory, empirical research and methodology. Leading international experts provide overviews from the theoretical perspectives of the new economic geography and evolutionary geography and summarize empirical results in entrepreneurship research and the geography of innovation. Sessions on spatial econometrics and spatial computable general equilibrium modeling are also provided to introduce students to empirical research methodology.
Lecturers (provisional):
Zoltan J. ACS, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, USA, Ron BOSCHMA, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, Giulio BOTTAZZI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy, Francesco LISSONI, CESPRI, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, Rosina MORENO,  University of Barcelona, Spain, Mark THISSEN, University of Groningen, The Netherlands,, Pier Paolo SAVIOTTI, Université Pierre Mendès-France, Grenoble, CNRS-GREDEG, Sophia Antipolis and OFCE, France, Attila VARGA, University of Pecs, Hungary

week 2 : Policy for the knowledge economies (coordination: Laurent Bach/Aldo Geuna)
This week will explore the growing role played by Science, Technology and Innovation policies in modern economies, and to which extent their design, implementation and evaluation take into account the specificities of knowledge-based economies. Will notably be emphasized the renewed importance of science policy and the role of universities, the evolution of European policies and the coherence with some other policies addressing social needs and industrial issues.
Laurent BACH, BETA, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, Andrea BONACCORSI, School of Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy, Aldo GEUNA, SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, Georg LICHT, ZEW, Mannheim, Germany, Terttu LUUKKONEN, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, Helsinki, Finland, Keith SMITH, Australian Innovation Research Center, Tasmania, Australia


Venue: Maastricht, 8th-19th October

week 1: Regional innovation systems, clusters and dynamics (coordination: Thomas Brenner/Bent Dalum)
This week focuses on the local clusters, regional innovation systems and some related topics. Especially it is shown how local clusters can be treated theoretically, with the statistical analyses of spatial data and with the help of cases studies. The concept of regional innovation systems is presented and the local factors that influence the innovativeness within a region are discussed. Finally, the topics of how local circumstances influence entrepreneurship and what role spin-offs play in a region are addressed.
Lecturers (provisional):
Thomas BRENNER, Max-Planck Institute for Economics, Jena, Germany, Guido BÜNSTORF, Max-Planck Institute for Economics, Jena, Germany, Bent DALUM, IKE/DRUID, University of Aalborg, Denmark, Olav SORENSON, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada, Phil COOKE, Cardiff University, CASS, UK

week 2 : The Economy as a Complex Evolving System: Network theory, evolutionary models and computational tools (coordination: Giorgio Fagiolo/Koen Frenken)
In the last years, empirical as well as experimental evidence has been providing increasing support to the idea that economies are complex evolving networks (CEN), that is systems composed by many, heterogeneous, boundedly-rational agents which interact in non-trivial ways by forming complex networks evolving in time. This clashes with the standard postulates of mainstream economics and calls for new research paradigms and novel tools of analysis. This week discusses the theory, methodology and empirics of CEN and introduces some basic computational tools required for the analysis of such systems (social network analysis, agent-based modelling, fitness landscape models, etc.) by presenting examples ranging from growth theory to innovation diffusion.
Lecturers (provisional):
Robin COWAN, UNI-MERIT, Maastricht University- BETA Strasbourg, France, Giorgio FAGIOLO, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, Koen FRENKEN, URU, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Andreas PYKA, Bremen University, Germany, Gerald SILVERBERG, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, Marco VALENTE, University of L'Aquila, Italy, Bart VERSPAGEN, ECIS, Eindhoven Technical University, The Netherlands, Paul WINDRUM, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, UK.