The realm of entrepreneurship: the local perspective

International workshop

13 - 14 March 2017
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DELoS (Development Economics and Local Systems) Ph.D. program, Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Department of Economics and Management and School in Social Sciences, University of Trento, Department of Economics and Business Sciences, University of Florence in collaboration with Department of City & Regional Planning and Center for Urban and Regional Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Economics and Centre for Research of Private Economy, Zhejiang University announces an international workshop on:

  • The Realm of Entrepreneurship: The Local Perspective

The workshop focuses on the nature and role of entrepreneurship in modern developed and emerging economies, and its relation to governments and universities, contemplating also related contexts and functions, such as industrial districts and clusters, the non-profit sector, intellectual property rights protection and infrastructures. It aims at explaining growth performance of economies and resilience or vulnerability to crisis. The accent is particularly on innovation processes and patterns at local level and in small and medium sized enterprises.

In comparing entrepreneurship and its interplay with governance and the generation of knowledge in different contexts, the workshop intends to take a comparative perspective. Attention is concentrated particularly on three distinct international cases: a dominant emerging economy (China), a developed independent market economy (the United States) and integrated developed market economies – both resilient and vulnerable – within the Eurozone common currency area.

The contents of the workshop relate to three fundamental dimensions:

  1. Innovation, entrepreneurship and clusters, their forms and nature, with special reference to their role and evolution in the period of the crisis, to the comparison between contexts of cooperation and of competition, and to local development, especially as referred to industrial districts and clusters;
  2. Enterprises, governments and universities, in the former case the role of public authorities in innovation and intellectual property rights protection, and support given to entrepreneurship and enterprises; in the latter, the social function of academia and its freedom, versus economic value; the role of universities in innovation and their relations to enterprises; 
  3. The effects of globalization and the crisis, with special focus on policies versus contexts in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship; on the nature, features and change of governments, enterprises and universities during the crisis and in different institutional settings in the US, China and both resilient and vulnerable areas and countries in the Eurozone.

Organizational matters

Both theoretical, empirical and methodological analyses, and case studies are welcome. Accepted approaches can be theoretical, qualitative or quantitative. While the workshop leaves some room for general analyses and cases, the focus is on local development.

Contributions are welcome from a wide spectrum of different disciplines.

The workshop shall take place at the Department of Economics and Management and the Doctoral School of Social Sciences at the University of Trento, on March 13-14th, 2017.

Interested contributors should send an abstract of between 200 and 300 words to the organizers: Bruno Dallago bruno.dallago [at] unitn.it and Ermanno Tortia ermanno.tortia [at] unitn.it 
Please specify the content of the email in the object: “WORKSHOP: The Realm of Entrepreneurship” not later than October 31st, 2016.

The workshop will be co-organized by William Rohe: brohe [at] unc.edu, at the University of North Carolina, Chapell Hill; and by Zhikai Wang: wangzhikai [at] zju.edu.cn, at Zhejiang University.

The acceptance of proposals shall be announced by December 20th, 2016. The organizers shall offer accommodation and meals to those selected for the days of the workshop.

Important dates

Call for paper deadline:  October 31st, 2016
Notification of acceptance:  December 20th, 2016
Receipt of final version of the paper:  February 28th, 2017
Workshop:  March 13-14th, 2017