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EDEN DOCTORAL SEMINAR ON ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION


BRUSSELS, MAY 7-11, 2012
Faculty
MASSIMO COLOMBO
DIRK CZARNITZKI
STEFAN HAEFLIGER
CRISTINA ROSSI LAMASTRA
BART VAN LOOY
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EDEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP - INNOVATION

The programme in Entrepreneurship - Innovation will include seminars on :

  • Methods, Techniques and Theories in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Economics and Management of Innovation

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Massimo G. Colombo is Full Professor of Economics of Innovation at Politecnico di Milano. He is also the Dean of the Doctoral Program in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering of Politecnico. He serves as Associated editor for Technology Strategy of the Journal of Small Business Management, and is Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management Studies and the Journal of Technology Transfer. He is the co-author of Mergers & acquisition: The innovation impact and The economics of organizational design. He published more than 50 articles in international journals including the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, and many others.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE

Innovation has become a top priority for both firms’ CEOs and policy makers. As a consequence, scholars in economics and management are increasingly focusing their investigation on issues such as the organization of innovation processes, the determinants of R&D investments, and open innovation strategies based on the acquisition of and collaboration with other firms and institutions, including users and communities of practices. These issues require linking economics and management of innovation. These fields, once developed rather independently, are now converging by focusing on similar problems, sharing models, perspectives and methods.

This course offers a unique opportunity for PhD students to examine hot issues in the innovation field in a truly inter-disciplinary perspective. During the course, students will share knowledge, discuss seminal papers in the economics and management of innovation, and refine their research questions. They will also examine qualitative and quantitative methods popular in innovation studies and learn how to use them to produce high quality scientific work. A secondary objective of this course is to acquaint students with the academic review and publication process. In addition, the course provides an excellent networking opportunity.
 

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is designed for PhD students in management and economics. It can either be a supplemental course for students at universities that offer formal doctoral courses or a topical course for students at universities where doctoral coursework involve directed self-study. This course should be taken during the first or second year of doctoral studies, after the students have completed foundational courses in economics and management

FACULTY

Bart Van Looy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Dirk Czarnitzki, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Massimo G. Colombo, Politecnico di Milano
Cristina Rossi Lamastra, Politecnico di Milano
Stefan Haefliger, ETH Zurich  

PROGRAMME

Day 1 – Monday, 7th May 2012
Bart Van Looy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Topic: Organizing Innovation
Methodological focus: Case studies and simulation models
1. Organizing innovation at firm level: building blocks. Innovation dynamics: Abernathy-Utterback model. Incumbent firms facing ‘disruptive’ technological change. The ‘innovator’s dilemma’ and implications for strategies. Innovation and ambidextrous organizations.
2. Case studies for theory building and illustrative purposes. Simulation studies.

Day 2 – Tuesday, 8th May 2012
Dirk Czarnitzki, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Topic: Market imperfections and innovations policies
Methodological focus: Using econometrics in innovation studies, in particular treatment effects estimators
1. Reasons for “reduced” R&D investments in the economy. The impact of subsidies on R&D investments and innovation. The role of financial constraints and uncertainty for R&D investments and innovation: theoretical foundations and existing empirical evidence.
2. Measurement issues: heterogeneity of R&D investments. Issues of self-selection in empirical studies on innovation policies. Econometric estimators tackling the problem of selection bias. Examples of micro-econometric studies using Community Innovation Survey data. Practical econometric exercises using simulation techniques.

Day 3 – Wednesday, 9th May 2012
Massimo G. Colombo, Politecnico di Milano
Topic: Open Innovation: Mergers & Acquisitions
Methodological focus: Publishing quantitative innovation studies
1. M&A and innovation: what we know and open research issues. The innovation impact of M&As: stylized facts and predictions of economic and managerial theories. The acquisition of small high-tech firms: the challenges of the acquisition implementation process.
2. Quantitative empirical methods for the study of M&A: group work analysis of the publishing journey of two quantitative papers. Definition of theoretical hypotheses; choice of sample of firms; choice of econometric model and model specification; interpretation (and counter-interpretation) of results.

Day 4 – Thursday, 10th May 2012
Cristina Rossi Lamastra, Politecnico di Milano
Topic: Open Innovation: Organizing collaborations with communities
Methodological focus: Using surveys in innovation studies
1. Firms’ collaborations with communities of users and developers and innovation. Communities of users and developers as source of technological knowledge: the (prominent) case of the OSS community. The challenges of collaborations with communities. The impact of community collaborations on innovation.
2. The challenges of collecting secondary data through surveys in innovation studies. Sources of bias, sampling techniques, surveying hidden population, pilot testing, pre-testing. Web-based surveys: challenges and opportunity.

Day 5 – Friday, 11th May 2013
Stefan Haefliger, ETH Zurich
Topic: User innovation
Methodological focus: Phenomenon based research in innovation studies
1. Introduction to user innovation; definition, scope, relevance, research approaches, examples. Theoretical starting points for theorizing technology in use and development in organizations and outside organizations. Understanding the social construction of technology and the identity of technological artifacts.
2. Logic of a rigorous phenomenon-based approach to studying issues in innovation; example of the phenomenon of Machinima as an application of the emergent field of user entrepreneurship. Analysis of the publishing history of an exemplary study with methodological challenges and publishing experiences. Approaches to deep data and triangulation in qualitative and mix-method studies.

 

ADDRESS(ES)
PROF. MASSIMO COLOMBO
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI 32
20133 MILANO
ITALY
massimo.colombo@polimi.it
PROF. DR. DIRK CZARNITZKI
KU LEUVEN
STEUNPUNT O&O STATISTIEKEN
DEKENSTRAAT 2
3000 LEUVEN
BELGIUM
dirk.czarnitzki@econ.kuleuven.ac.be
DR. STEFAN HAEFLIGER
106 BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8TZ LONDON
U.K.
shaefliger@ethz.ch
DR. CRISTINA ROSSI LAMASTRA
DIPARTIMENTO DI INGEGNERIA GESTIONALE
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
P.ZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI 32,
20133 MILANO
ITALY
cristina1.rossi@polimi.it
MR. BART VAN LOOY
K.U. LEUVEN
NAAMSESTRAAT 69
3000 LEUVEN
BELGIUM
bart.vanlooy@econ.kuleuven.be

PRACTICALITIES

TIME AND LOCATION
The seminar will be held in Brussels, Belgium.
The programme will start on May 7, 2012 at 8.30 and is scheduled to end May 11, 2012 around 4 pm. Accommodation for participants will be organised from May 6 to May 11.

PARTICIPATION FEE
The participation fee is 1500 €. (VAT Excluded) This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, lodging and two dinners..
Doctoral students will be assigned rooms for two.

Should you wish a single room, an extra fee of 30 € (VAT Excluded) per night will be charged to you.

Cancellations made before April 16, 2012 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.

EIASM SCHOLARSHIPS
The Institute offers a limited number of scholarships of 700 € each. Scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

APPLICATIONS
Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than March 15, 2012. (SOME PLACES STILL AVAILABLE - PLEASE CONTACT CRISTINA SETYAR- setyar@eiasm.be) Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research ;
  • a letter of recommendation of his/her local faculty supporting the application ;
  • a two-page description of his/her doctoral research, indicating the general objectives.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nina Payen
EDEN Manager, EIASM -  PLACE DE BROUCK√ąRE-PLEIN - 31 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 61 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: payen@eiasm.be