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BRUSSELS, MAY 9-13, 2016

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The programme in Entrepreneurship - Innovation will include seminars on :

  • Methods, Techniques and Theories in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Economics and Management of Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship: Current Themes and Research


New Application Deadline: March 14, 2016


Massimo G. Colombo is Full Professor of Economics of Innovation and Finance at Politecnico di Milano School of Management, where he serves as Deputy Dean for Research. His scientific activity is mainly in Industrial Economics, Economics of Technical Change, and Strategic Management. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Economia and Politica Industriale – Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. Moreover, he is Associated Editor for Technology Strategy of the Journal of Small Business Management, and is Member of the Editorial Board of the the Journal of Technology Transfer. He published more than 80 articles in international journals including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Industrial Economics, Research Policy, and many others


Massimo G. Colombo, Politecnico di Milano School of Management
Oliver Alexy, TUM School of Management
Francesco Lissoni, GREThA - University of Bordeaux (France)
Paul Nightingale, SPRU, University of Sussex
Cristina Rossi Lamastra Politecnico di Milano School of Management


Innovation has become a top priority for both firms and policy makers. Consequently, scholars in management and economics are increasingly focusing their research on issues related to the organization of innovation processes, the determinants of R&D investments, and open innovation strategies. In this framework, acquisitions and collaborations with other firms and organizations, including communities of users and developers, play a crucial role for firms’ innovation.

Gaining a full understand of the aforementioned issues require linking innovation management and economics. Once, these fields developed rather independently, but now they are converging: they focus on similar problems and share models, perspectives, and methods.

Moving from these premises, this course offers a unique opportunity for PhD students to examine leading-edge issues in the innovation field in a truly inter-disciplinary fashion. During the course, students will share knowledge with classmates and lecturers, discuss seminal papers in the innovation literature, and refine their research questions. They will also examine qualitative and quantitative methods popular in innovation studies and learn how to use them for producing high quality scientific work. A secondary objective of this course is to make students acquaint with the process of academic review and publication. In addition, the course provides an excellent networking opportunity, considering also that it involves lecturers that are editors of important academic journals.



Day 1 – Monday, 9th May 2016

Francesco Lissoni, Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée (GREThA)Université de Bordeaux and Center for Research on Innovation, Organiation and Strategy (CRIOS) Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Topic: Science and intellectual property

  • Scientific research and inventive activity: stylized facts on direct and indirect links. Economics of science-based inventions: cumulativeness and patent breadth. Commercialization of academic research results: social costs and benefits. Technicalities on patent data: sources and treatment
  • Group work analysis of selected empirical papers: (i) definition of the research question (exploratory analysis vs test of hypotheses); (ii) methodology: data sources, sampling method, specification issues; (iii) interpretation and policy/managerial relevance

Day 2 – Tuesday, 10th May 2016

Paul Nightingale, SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, Business and Management, School of Business, Management and Economics

Topic: Financing innovation

  • Information asymmetries, technological spillovers and the financing of investments in R&D and innovation. Financing innovation from private sources. Public financing of innovation: approaches and schemes.
  • Group work on selected empirical papers: matching research questions, data and methods. Funding mixes – equity v debt and shifting patterns of risk. Changing patterns of funding as firms grow.

Day 3 – Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Oliver Alexy

Topic: User and Open Innovation

  • User and open innovation: definition of the phenomena and what we know and do not know about them. User and open innovation and are literatures in management, strategy, and applied economics: something new or old wine in new bottles?
  • Building theory with open innovation or building theory for open innovation—group discussion of perspectives on ‘novelty,’ facilitated by academic papers. Discussion of the promise and potential of basic and applied work in the areas on user and open innovation.

Day 4 – Thursday, 12th May 2016

Massimo G. Colombo

Topic: Mergers & Acquisitions

  • 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.
  • 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 5 – Friday, 13th May 2016

Cristina Rossi-Lamastra

Topic: Innovation and territories

  • How the characteristics of the local areas where firms are located influence their innovation activities. The impact of local university knowledge on the creation and growth of start-ups (with a special focus on high-tech industries). How proximity influences industry-university collaborations.
  • 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.


This course target 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 involves directed self-study. Students should take this course during the first or second year of their doctoral studies, after they have completed foundational courses in management and economics


Full attendance is required to obtain the certificate.
4 ECTS will be assigned upon completion of the seminar


Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than March 14, 2016. 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.


The participation fee is 1100 € (VAT Excluded). This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, lunches and one group dinner


- The Institute offers a substantial reduction of the participation fee per member institution (one scholarship per member institution). These 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.

- Doctoral students from only the G2G Community: 300 € (These scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from the G2G Community. Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute. Scholarships will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

Thus the fee is as follows:
- Normal participation fee: 1.100 € (VAT Excluded)
- For students from EIASM member institution (the Academic Council): 550 € (VAT Excluded)
- For students from the G2G community: 800 € (VAT excluded)

Cancellations made before April 10, 2016 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.



The seminar will be held at the

 NH Collection Hotel Centre Hotel
 Boulevard Adolph Max 7
 1000 Brussels
Website: nhcollectionbrusselscentre@nh-hotels.com

The programme will start on May 9, 2016 at 09.00 a.m. and is scheduled to end May 13, 2016 at approx 16.00.

You are requested to make your own hotel arrangement.

Students are requested to make their own hotel arrangements.

* Hotel Métropole ***** (2 mins walk from Seminar venue)
Place de Brouckère 31 - 1000 Bruxelles

During the week :
Superior Single room at € 160 ,-/ night
Superior Double room at € 190,-/night
Including buffet breakfast / Not including the city tax (€ 9.28 per room per night)

During the week-end : (Night of Friday/Saturday & Sunday) :
Superior Single room at € 140 ,-/ night
Superior Double room at € 170,-/night
Including breakfast / Not including the city tax (€ 9.28 per room per night)

To take advantage of these special rates, please mention “EIASM” when making your reservation. However, according to the period of the booking, some better rates could be offered by contacting the hotel directly. We advice you to check prices on the internet too !!

Tel. : + 32 2 214 24 25 or + 32 2 214 24 26 or + 32 2 2142424 - Fax : 32 2 2180240
Email : info@metropolehotel.be

* NH Collection Brussels Centre (former NH Atlanta)  (Seminar Venue)
Boulevard Adolph Max 7 - 1000 Brussels
Tel 00800 0115 0116 (free of charge) - reservations@nh-hotels.com

Standard room for single use : €155,00,-/night
Standard double room : €170,-/night
Including breakfast. Not including the city tax of €7,58 per room per night.
Please mention "EIASM " when making your reservation.

To take advantage of these special rates, please mention “EIASM” when making your reservation.

* Hotel Marivaux (very close - 3 mins walk from Seminar venue)
Boulevard Adolph Max 98 - 1000 Brussels - www.hotelmarivaux.be

Monday-Thursday incl.: € 135.00/night (breakfast and city tax included )  - single Club room
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: € 85.00/night (breakfast and city tax included ) - single Club room

There is a supplement of € 10.00/night for a double Club room (breakfast and city tax included )
There is a supplement of € 20.00/night for a Harmony room (breakfast and city tax included )

To book a room: please use the reservation form available HERE or reservations@hotelmarivaux.be  (please mention EIASM).

* Citadines Sainte-Catherine Brussels, property of the « Citadines Apart’Hotel » group : (10 minutes walk)  
51 Quai au Bois à Brûler. B-1000 Brussels

Room types & rates :     
Studio (+/- 25 sqm) – for 1 to 2 persons - 119.-€ / room-night
One-Bedroom Apartment (+/- 50 sqm) – for 1 to 4 persons : 158.-€ / room-night
Internet access and city tax included .
Full housekeeping service once a week included. Breakfast: excluded – at 14.-€ /person.

To book a room : Direct e-mail to stecatherine@citadines.com  and/or to coralie.carels@citadines.com  - Mention “EIASM” to get the preferential rates



For more information, please contact:
The EDEN Team
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69
Email: eden@eiasm.be