Monthly Archives: October 2012

EURAM 2013 Democratising Management
Event: The 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, EURAM 2013
on June 26-29, 2013 in Istanbul. Conference website is:

Conference Theme: Democratising Management
Demands for democracy in different parts of the world have recently drawn global attention. Business as one of the major power centres in modern society may not stay out of the scope of the social demands for democracy. Thus, the new outlook of the world may encourage us to reflect about the notion of democracy in the context of business organisations, and the ways in which it could be introduced or enhanced. Current debates in management point to the need for reassessment of existing structures, processes, inter and intra organisational relations and management practices for a fair treatment of different stakeholders’ interests. (excerpt from conference flyer) 

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Monica Plechero is set to defend her PhD thesis on Dec 11, 2012 and today, has nailed her thesis. The nailing of the thesis is an old Scandinavian tradition for academics.

Monica explaining the cover of her thesis

The nailing!

Authours: Sverre Herstad, Carter Block, Bernd Ebersberger and Els van        de Velde

The aim of this article is to suggest a framework for examining the way    national policy mixes are responding to the challenges and opportunities of globally distributed knowledge networks, cross-sectoral technology flows and consequently open innovation processes occurring on an international scale. We argue that the purpose of public research and innovation policy remains one of developing and sustaining territorial knowledge bases capable of growing and supporting internationally competitive industries. But the rules of the game have changed. Public policy now needs to carefully balance between: a) promoting the formation of international linkages for knowledge sourcing and information exposure; b) providing incentives for domestic industry intramural R&D for building absorptive capacity and knowledge accumulation; and c) sustaining domestic networking to allow accumulated knowledge to diffuse and recombine

Job description
Within the project: “The evolutionary dynamics of industry growth in developed and emerging
economies”, we are looking for two PhD researchers in economic geography for the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. The project aims to provide a better understanding on how regions and countries in both developed and emerging economies enter new industrial sectors and how global knowledge networks contribute to this process.The two PhD candidates will both investigate a separate aspect of the emergence and evolution of industrial clusters/industries with a focus on the dynamics of global knowledge networks. These projects find their roots in the literature of evolutionary economic geography (Boschma and Frenken, 2006) and evolutionary economics (Nelson and Winter, 1982).The supervisors of the Phd students are prof. Ron Boschma, prof. Frank van Oort, and dr. Andrea Morrison.

You will be offered a full-time PhD position, at first for one year. Contingent on a satisfactory performance, this may be extended to a total period of three or, depending on your experience, four years, with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate thesis within this period. The gross monthly salary starts at € 2,042.- in the first year and increases to € 2,612.- in the
fourth year, and is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. A. Morrison (e-mail: or Prof. dr. R. Boschma (e-mail: Download call here: 2 PhD Researchers Economic Geography

To apply, please send an e-mail to Please attach a statement of research interests,
a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, the grades of the MSc, and two letters of
recommendation. The application deadline is November 20, 2012

Authours: Riccardo Crescenzi, Andres Rodriquez-Pose and Michael Storper

Abstract: The paper analyses the geography of innovation in China and India. Using a tailor-made panel database for regions in these two countries, we show that both countries exhibit increasingly strong polarisation of innovation capacity in a limited number of urban areas. But the factors behind this polarisation and the strong conrasts in innovative capacity between the provinces and states within both countries are quite different. In China, the concentration of innovation is fundamentally driven by agglomeration forces, linked to population, industrial specialisation and infrastructure endowment. Innovative areas in China, rather than generate knowledge spillovers, seem to produce strong backwash effects. In India, by contrast, innovation is much more dependent on a combination of good local socioeconomic structures and investment in science and technology. Indian innovation hubs also generate positive knowledge spillovers to other regions.

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Full Paper Submission Deadline (10,000 words) : February 28, 2013

Venue: Barcelona, Spain

Conference Dates: June 17 – 19, 2013

DRUID 2013 intends to map theoretical, empirical and methodological advances, contribute with novel insights and stimulate a lively debate about how technologies, economic systems and organizations evolve and co-evolve. DRUID 2013 will bring together researchers from around the world to exchange research results and to address open issues. Both senior and junior scholars are invited to participate and contribute with a paper to the conference.

Deadline for full paper submission: February 28, 2013 (before midnight at your location)
Decision of paper acceptance: April 20, 2013 Deadline for author registration: May 1, 2013 Registration deadline at early-bird rates: May 1, 2013 (before midnight at your location) Deadline for revised versions of accepted papers: June 1, 2013 Final program available: June 2, 2013

For more information, visit or download this DRUID 2013 – First call for papers.

2nd Call for Papers:  AAG Los Angeles, 9th­13th April 2013

Labour Flows: Exploring the Intersections of Global Production Networks and Migration

Session Organizers: Neil M. Coe (National University of Singapore) and Martin Hess (University of Manchester, UK)

The geographies of global production networks (GPNs) have changed considerably over the last decade. There are multiple and by now well-known reasons for these shifts, including the continuing organisational and spatial fragmentation of value chains through outsourcing and offshoring, the growth of emerging economies  as sites of both production and consumption, and not least the global financial crisis and its ongoing impacts on the world economy. The results of these developments, however, are geographical shifts not only in the flows of materials, products, services and investment, but also in the flows of workers  through processes of international and intra-national labour migration. While GPN research to date has produced a strong body of work analyzing many of these changes, much of this literature has tended to focus on networks of firms at the expense of a more comprehensive interrogation of labour and development in the places connected together by GPNs. This lacuna has started to be addressed more recently, however, with a small but growing body of work investigating the central role of labour and it¹s agency within GPNs. That being said, labour mobility and its impact on shaping GPNs and their geographies still deserves more attention than it has received to date. Although labour has to Œgo home¹ every night, and consequently is said to be less mobile than capital, the movement of people is nevertheless crucial in shaping GPNs, in various ways and across different scales.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper in this session should submit an abstract of up to 250 words to both Neil Coe ( ) and Martin Hess ( ).

Date: October 24, 2012 at 1400-1500 at CIRCLE, MNO Building, M213

Grazia Santangelo will give a seminar at CIRCLE entitled ‘Does the global fragmentation of R&D activities pay back? The home region perspective.’ Martin Andersson will be the discussant for the seminar.

Abstract: R&D activities are increasingly fragmented across borders and offshored in fast-growing emerging economies. This trend questions the innovation performance of advanced country regions. However, the effects of the global R&D fragmentation on the knowledge production of the investing homevregions are still unexplored. We aim to fill this gap and investigate under what conditions synergic effects between different value-added R&D activities globally offshored materialize on the knowledge production of the OECD investing home region. To this end, we estimate a regional knowledge production function and apply a direct complementarity test. Our results suggest that synergies materialize when each R&D activity is offshored optimally rather than randomly.

Hadi Nilforoushan is a PhD candidate at Graduate School of Management and Economics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. His background is in economics (Msc.) and industrial engineering (Bsc.) and now he is a visiting researcher in CIRCLE, Lund University.

His research interests include inter-organizational relationship for innovation, sectoral/technological innovation system, innovation in mature industries and innovation policy in developing countries. He has been involved in numerous projects and has some papers which are presented in international conferences.

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Abstract Submissions Deadline: December 31, 2012

Conference Dates: July 10-12, 2013

Europe’s relations with the wider world are continuously undergoing change. The urban and regional significance of these changing relations remains surprisingly poorly understood. The global financial and economic crisis, the dramatic events of late 2010 and 2011 in the Middle East and North Africa, the continuing crisis in Europe, and the global rise of ‘new powers’ are each impacting on how Europe, its citizens, and its cities and regions are connected to the wider world. The 9th European Urban and Regional Studies conference aims to consider a wide range of consequences of these changes as well as other themes relating to European urban and regional change

Proposals for papers A one-page abstract should be sent by 31st December 2012 to: Kathy Wood, Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE, UK (email:  All proposals will be refereed and acceptance of papers will be confirmed. Final papers will be required electronically by 11th June 2013.

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