Week 1: Micro-Economics of Innovation

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-KITeS-CESPRI, Milan, Italy, Giovanni DOSI, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy, Keld LAURSEN, Copenhagne Business School, Denmark, Aija LEIPONEN, Imperial College, London, UK, Patrick LLERENA, BETA, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, Luigi MARENGO, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy, Angelo SECCHI, University of Pisa, Italy, Fredrik TELL, Linköping University, Sweden


Monday, March 15th

9.00 - 9.30: Welcome, practical and organizational issues


9.30 - 11.00: General introduction to the themes of Week I: Innovation, its economic sources and consequences -  Luigi MARENGO


11.15 - 12.45:  General introduction to the themes of Week II: Knowledge, institutions and firms -  Luigi MARENGO


14.00 - 16.00: On the economics of innovation -  Giovanni DOSI


16.30 - 18.00: PhD presentation n°1: Dominik HARTMANN; junior discussant: Claudio FASSIO; senior discussant: Luigi MARENGO


PhD presentation n°2: Anant KAMATH; junior discussant: Alice DUHAUT; senior discussant: Giovanni DOSI


Tuesday, March 16th

9.00 - 11.00: Efficiency, innovation and industry dynamics I - Angelo SECCHI


11.15 - 12.45:  Efficiency, innovation and industry dynamics II - Angelo SECCHI


14.00 - 16.00: Innovation and the evolution of industries -  Giovanni DOSI


16.15 - 18.15:  Technology standards and intellectual property rights - Aija LEIPONEN


Wednesday, March 17th

9.00 - 11.00: Open innovation: Serach and organization- Keld LAURSEN


11.15 - 13.00:  Breadth of knowledge sourcing in innovation - Aija LEIPONEN


14.00 - 16.00: PhD presentation n°3: Ali MALEKI; junior discussant: Christian KLUCK; senior discussant: Aija LEIPONEN


PhD presentation n°4: Evangelos BOURELOS; junior discussant: Christian MARTINEZ-DIAZ; senior discussant: Keld LAURSEN


16.15 - 17.45: Open innovation: The role of geography and localized social capital - Keld LAURSEN


Thursday, March 18th

9.00 - 11.00: Capabilities, innovation and industrial dynamics - Fredrik TELL


11.15 - 13.00:  Technological and organizational dynamics: A problem solving perspective Part I - Stefano BRUSONI


14.00 - 16.00: PhD presentation n°5: Lisa MELANDER; junior discussant: Zsofia VAS; senior discussant: Stefano BRUSONI


PhD presentation n°6:Victor Wilfredo BOHORQUEZ LOPEZ;   junior discussant: Magnus JOHANSSON; senior discussant: Fredrik TELL


16.15 - 17.45: Technological and organizational dynamics: A problem solving perspective Part II - Stefano BRUSONI


Friday, March 19th

9.00 - 11.00: Elements for a knowledge based theory of the firm: The dual theory of the firm - Patrick LLERENA 


11.15 - 12.45:  Management of innovation and knowledge integration in product development projects - Fredrik TELL


13.30 - 15.30: PhD presentation n°7:  Isabel ALMUDI HIGUERAS;   junior discussant: Sara GORGONI; senior discussant: Patrick LLERENA


PhD presentation n°8: Ambarin ASAD KAHN ;   junior discussant: Antje SCHIMKE; senior discussant: Fredrik TELL


16.00 - 17.00: Concluding discussion