Session 3: MODELLING, SYSTEMS AND DYNAMICS

Maastricht, October 12th - 23rd 2009

Regional innovation systems, clusters, and dynamics

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.
Lecturers (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 Research Institute, Bremen, Germany.

Monday, October 12th

  • 09:00 – 09:30: Bent DALUM: Welcome and Introduction
  • 09:30 – 11:00: Bent DALUM (1): The Cluster Concept: Relevant, Outdated or Confusing?
  • 11:15 – 12:45: Bent DALUM (2):  Case Studies of Local Clusters
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Dirk FORNAHL (3): The Cluster Life-Cycle
  • 16:15 – 17:45: PhD presentation n°1:Sangwoo SHIN; junior discussant: Muhammad Nadeen JAVAID; senior discussant: Bent DALUM

Tuesday, October 13th

  • 09:00 – 11:00: Thomas BRENNER (4): Regional Dynamics and Clusters
  • 11:15 – 12:45: Thomas BRENNER (5): Local Clusters: Policy Issues
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Bent DALUM (6): Construction of Regional Advantage: Top-Down and Bottom-up? Does Any of These Approaches Work?
  • 16:15 – 17:45: PhD presentation n°2: Kenney Vesteraa CHRISTIANSEN; junior discussant: Anneleen De VOS; senior discussant: Thomas BRENNER

Wednesday, October 14th

  • 09:00 – 11:00: Phil COOKE (7): Regional Innovation Systems – History and Overview
  • 11:15 – 12:45: Phil COOKE (8): New Developments in Regional Innovation Systems
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Dirk FORNAHL (9): Spatial Distribution of Innovation Activity
  • 16:15 – 17:45: PhD presentation n°3: Zsofia VAS; junior discussant: Roman MARTIN; senior discussant: Dirk FORNAHL

Thursday, October 15th

  • 09:00 – 11:00: Guido BÜNSTORF (10): The Origins and Locations of (Spin-off) Entrants
  • 11:00 - 12:45: Michael DAHL (11): Entrepreneurship, Location Choice and Social Capital
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Guido BÜNSTORF (12): Analyzing Duration Data: A Non-Technical Introduction
  • 16:15 – 17:45: PhD presentation n°4: Antje SCHIMKE; junior discussant: Sangwoo SHIN; senior discussant: Michael DAHL

Friday, October 16th

  • 09:00 – 11:00: Michael DAHL (13): Why do people become entrepreneurs and what does this mean for survival? A look at spin-offs, peer-effects and personality traits
  • 11:15 – 12:45: PANEL DISCUSSION: Developments and Questions in Regional Innovation Systems with Guido BÜNSTORF, Michael DAHL and Bent DALUM
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Guido BÜNSTORF (14): Spin-off-based Cluster Formation
  • 16:15 – 17:45: PhD presentation n°5: Christian MARTINEZ-DIAZ; junior discussant: Pernille GJERLØV JENSEN; senior discussant: Guido BÜNSTORF