General Content of the Three 2008 Sessions

Session 1: MICRO APPROACHES TO INNOVATION AND INNOVATION NETWORKS

Venue: Strasbourg, March 31st - April 11th

Week 1: Micro-Economics of Innovation

(coordination : Luigi MARENGO, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy / Fredrik TELL, Linköping University, Sweden)

Outline of the week
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.

Teaching staff
Stefano BRUSONI, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy; Patrick COHENDET, BETA, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France and HEC Montreal, Canada; Giovanni DOSI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy; Patrick LLERENA, BETA, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France; Luigi MARENGO, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy; Corrado PASQUALI, Teramo University, Italy; Fredrik TELL, University of Linköping, Sweden

Week 2: Innovation, networks and knowledge flows

(coordination: Robin COWAN, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, NL and BETA, Strasbourg, France / Paola GIURI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy)

Outline of the week
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.

Teaching staff
Robin COWAN, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, NL and BETA, Strasbourg, France; Maryann FELDMAN, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada; Myriam MARIANI, CESPRI, Milan, Italy; Muge ÖZMAN-GOSSART, METU, Ankara, Turkey; Julien PENIN, BETA, Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France; Natalya ZINOVIEVA, Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada (FEDEA), Madrid, Spain


Session 2: REGIONAL AND POLICY DIMENSIONS OF INNOVATION AND GROWTH

Venue : Pecs, June 23rd - July 4th

Week 1: Policy for the knowledge economies

(coordination: Laurent BACH, BETA, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France / Aldo GEUNA, SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)

Outline of the week
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 role of policy towards Venture Capital, the evolution of European policies and the coherence with some other policies addressing social and environmental needs and industrial issues.

Teaching staff
Laurent BACH, BETA, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France; Aldo GEUNA, SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK; Georg LICHT, ZEW, Mannheim, Germany; Terttu LUUKKONEN, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, Helsinki, Finland; Luigi ORSENIGO, Universita degli studi di Breschia, Italy; Keith SMITH, Australian Innovation Research Center, Tasmania, Australia; Nick VONORTAS, The George Washington University, USA

Week 2 : Geography of innovation and growth : theory and empirics

(coordination: Attila VARGA, University of Pecs, Hungary / Ron BOSCHMA, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Outline of the week
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.

Teaching staff
Ron BOSCHMA, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands; Giulio BOTTAZZI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy; Stefano BRESCHI, Bocconi University, Italy; Mario MAGGIONI, Catholic University of Milan, Italy; Frank van OORT, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands; Stefano USAI, University of Cagliari, Italy; Attila VARGA, University of Pecs, Hungary


Session 3: MODELLING, SYSTEMS AND DYNAMICS.

Venue: Maastricht, October 6th - 17th

Week 1 : Regional innovation systems, clusters, and dynamics

(coordination: Thomas BRENNER, Philipps University Marburg, Germany / Bent DALUM, IKE, University of Aalborg, Denmark)

Outline of the week
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.

Teaching staff
Thomas BRENNER, Max-Planck Institute for Economics, Jena, Germany; Guido BÜNSTORF, Max-Planck Institute for Economics, Jena, Germany; Phil COOKE, Cardiff University, U.K.; Bent DALUM, IKE, University of Aalborg, Denmark; Olav SORENSON, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada.

Week 2: The economy as a complex evolving system: network theory; evolutionary models and computational tools

(coordination: Giorgio FAGIOLO, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy / Koen FRENKEN, URU, Utrecht University)

Outline of the week
The second week of the Maastricht session provides students with an
introduction into evolutionary models and computational tools. The
lectures offer an overview of the main modelling approaches as well as
their empirical applications. Special emphasis will be on methodological
aspects.

Teaching staff

Robin COWAN, BETA, University Louis Pasteur, France and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, NL; Giorgio FAGIOLO, Sant'Anna of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy; Koen FRENKEN, Utrecht University, NL; Gerald SILVERBERG, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, NL and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria; Marco VALENTE, University of L'Aquila, Italy; Florian WAGENER, University of Amsterdam, NL