Sessions 2009

Session 1: MICRO APPROACHES TO INNOVATION AND INNOVATION NETWORKS

  • Venue: Strasbourg, March 23rd - April 3rd
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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, and how firms organise their innovative activities.

Teaching staff
Stefano BRUSONI, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy; Giovanni DOSI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy; Keld LAURSEN, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Patrick LLERENA, BETA, Université de strasbourg, Strasbourg, France; Luigi MARENGO, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy; Angelo SECCHI, University of Pisa, 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, University of Bologna, 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 (provisional)
Carlo ALTOMONTE, Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy; Robin COWAN, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, NL and BETA, Strasbourg, France; Maryann FELDMAN, University of North Carolina, USA; Muge ÖZMAN-GOSSART, Telecom & Management SudParis, France; Julien PENIN, BETA, Université de Strasbourg, France;


Session 2: REGIONAL AND POLICY DIMENSIONS OF INNOVATION AND GROWTH

  • Venue : Pecs, June 29th - July 10th
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Week 1 : 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 (provisional)
Ron BOSCHMA, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands; Giulio BOTTAZZI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy; Julie Le GALLO, Université de Franche Comté CRESE, France; Harry GARRETSEN, University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Francesco LISSONI, CESPRI, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy; Frank van OORT, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands; Pier-Paolo SAVIOTTI, Université Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble, CNRS-GREDEG, Sophia Antipolis and OFCE, France; Stefano USAI, University of Cagliari, Italy; Attila VARGA, University of Pecs, Hungary

Week 2: 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 financing hightech startups, the evolution of European policies and the coherence with some other policies addressing social needs and industrial issues.

Teaching staff
Laurent BACH, BETA, Université de Strasbourg, France; Aldo GEUNA, SPRU, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK and University of Torino, Italy; Georg LICHT, ZEW, Mannheim, Germany; Luigi ORSENIGO, Universita degli studi di Breschia, Italy; Paula E. STEPHAN, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, USA; Nick VONORTAS, The George Washington University, USA

 


Session 3: MODELLING, SYSTEMS AND DYNAMICS.

  • Venue: Maastricht, October 12th - 23rd
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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 (provisional)
Thomas BRENNER, Philipps University Marburg, Germany ; Guido BÜNSTORF, Max-Planck Institute for Economics, Jena, Germany; Phil COOKE, Cardiff University, U.K.; Michael DAHL, IKE, University of Aalborg, Denmark; Bent DALUM, IKE, University of Aalborg, Denmark; Dirk FORNAHL, Regional Economic Institute, Bremen, Germany.

Week 2: The economy as a complex evolving system: 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 (provisional)

Robin COWAN, BETA, University of Strasbourg, France and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, NL; Giorgio FAGIOLO, Sant'Anna of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy; Koen FRENKEN, Eindhoven University of Technology and Utrecht University, NL; Cars HOMMES, University of Amsterdam, NL; Andrea ROVENTINI, University of Verona, Italy; Gerald SILVERBERG, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, NL and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria; Marco VALENTE, University of L'Aquila, Italy