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Seminars Spring 2021

9 April 13.00 – 16.00 CET,

U-GOT KIES Workshop with Professor Catherine Beaudry (Polytechnique Montreal
The exploration of new data sources and methods – New innovation indicators appropriate to measure the performance and impact within/of innovation ecosystems

Catherine Beaudry (Professor and holder of Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Creation, Development and Commercialisation of Innovation, Polytechnique Montreal) will host a digital U-GOT KIES workshop. This will be an interactive session during which we will discuss the need to explore new sources of data in innovation studies, review the usefulness of big data analytics in our field, how to validate the results obtained by these new methods, and analyze what different types of indicators are (or may be) needed for the diverse types of projects being carried out presently in the field. We will discuss new methods, their application, and their biases, in an extensive workshop environment on Zoom. We look forward to your participation in this exciting event!

The workshop will be held on Zoom. Please contact us if you’d like to attend!

About Catherine Beaudry:

A graduate in electrical engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and a graduate in economics from the University of Oxford (master’s and doctorate), Catherine Beaudry is currently a full professor in the department of mathematics and industrial engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. Professor Beaudry also holds a Canada level 1 research chair on the creation, development and commercialization of innovation in addition to leading the partnership for the organization of innovation and new technologies (4POINT0).

Professor Beaudry specializes in the economics of innovation and its impact on business performance, as well as in the evaluation of research and the science and technology system. The Canada Research Chair (Tier I) that she holds studies the steps leading to innovation as well as those allowing it to create value on the market, i.e. the development of science and technology until their realization in the form of innovative products and services. This multidisciplinary work aims to consider the science, technology and innovation system as a whole, and thus to breakdown the silos inherent to the innovation process.

Her main research interests are the interaction between collaborative networks and industrial clusters, within innovation ecosystems, and how they influence the performance and survival of innovative companies. The Partnership for the Organization of Innovation and New Technologies (4POINT0) which she currently leads aims to develop new innovation indicators (from web exploration) adapted to these innovation ecosystems so as to provide decision makers with near real-time decision-making tools.

26 February

Entrepreneurship Education

This research seminar about Entrepreneurship Education will consist of three presentations: Two will be about ongoing and early stage research projects, and one will be a paper presentation. Each presenter will have 15-20 minutes to introduce their work, followed by a general discussion within the research group.

The agenda is as approximately as follows:

13.00 – 13.35: Presentation by Rasmus Rahm -  Executive Director and Head of Education at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES), "Developing an entrepreneurship education research agenda"

13.40 – 14.15: Presentation by Guido Buenstorf -  Professor of Economics and Head of Economic Policy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (EPIE) Research Group at Kassel Universität; and Visiting Professor at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Gothenburg, "Can entrepreneurial soft skills be trained in online courses?”

14.20 – 14.55: Paper Presentation by Ethan Gifford – Assistant Professor at the Unit for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Gothenburg, “Theory-driven methods for practical entrepreneurship: An account of practice concerning hypothesis testing within entrepreneurship education.”

This account of practice is focused on an augmented Customer Development methodology which I adopted for a module within a Master program in Entrepreneurship at a Swedish business school.  I account for the techniques underlying this augmented methodology, as well as my journey towards its implementation. By conceptualizing ‘hypotheses’ as testable statements linking together blocks of the business model canvas, and ‘assumptions’ as students’ assessments of the contents of each block at the outset of the process, I provide a more pedagogical as well as a more scientifically and theoretically consistent model. The effectiveness of this change was assessed through discussing these changes with previous student representatives who had just recently taken the course prior to my appointment as teacher. Adaptations such as this could be an effective way for teachers who want to update an existing course, or who have recently been appointed a new course focusing on practical aspects of entrepreneurship. Alternatively, it could be inspiration for teachers who wish to augment content of a course to draw more on coherent theory building and good scientific practice, as is most often suited to Master level studies, but without radically altering the lesson plan, syllabus, or reading material.

1 March

Role, identity and collaboration in entrepreneurial firms



10:00 – 10:45: Paper presentation by Björn Remneland Wikhamn, (University of Gothenburg) 

Conceptualizing corporate innovation hubs at the intersection of public and private forces: A conceptual model and empirical insights from Sweden. By Björn Remneland Wikhamn and Maureen McKelvey, (University of Gothenburg) 

Innovation is widely regarded as a crucial driver for prosperity not only to firms, but also for regions and nations. The role of public support to stimulate innovation is therefore of great scholarly interest, as it is important to connect innovation policy ideas with societal transformations and changing innovation practices. In this paper, we analyze one such emerging and under-theorized innovation practice: open innovation between incumbent firms and small entrepreneurial firms. From an analysis of 18 corporate initiatives in Sweden, we inductive generate key differentiating design principles and conceptualizing them into three forms of open innovation. We then draw upon both innovation management and innovation policy literature in order to suggest when and how innovation policy may work to support these forms of corporate initiatives, at the intersection of private and public forces.

Discussant: Marcus Holgersson (Chalmers University of Technology)

10:45 – 11.00 BREAK

11:00 – 11:45: Paper presentation by Marouane Bousfiha (University of Gothenburg) and Henrik Berglund (Chalmers University of Technology)

Constructing a Hybrid Work Identity: The Case of Academic Entrepreneurs. By Marouane Bousfiha (University of Gothenburg) and Henrik Berglund (Chalmers University of Technology)

Focusing on the practices and lived experiences of 26 academic entrepreneurs—scientists who take an operational part in research-based startups while also remaining in academia—we describe how individuals who repeatedly transition between professionally distinct roles construct hybrid work identities. By analyzing the case of academic entrepreneurship in light of existing literatures on role-transitions, identity work, and role accumulation, we aim to develop more general insights into this increasingly common but poorly understood phenomenon. Our results first describe tensions commonly experienced when seeking to combine these two roles, before introducing three mechanisms — role demarcating, role cross-fertilizing, and role normalizing—that contribute to their reconciliation.

Seminars Fall 2020 


Thursday 10 December Friday 11 December

WOMI WORKSHOP on medical innovation. Hosted by Bastian Rake, Maynooth University, Ireland. Digital participation.


Tuesday 3 November

Digital visit by Mariana Mazzucato

10:30 - 11:30: Tore Browaldh lecture –  "The value of everything”

13:15 - 14:15 Research workshop – ”Innovation: Are there distinct roles for markets and government?"

Thursday 10 November, 13.15-14.00

Thematic reading seminar

Guido Buenstorf will lead a thematic reading seminar on “Reporting errors and biases in published empirical findings”. The seminar will be based around the following article (co-authored by Buenstorf):

Bruns, S. B et al. (2019). Reporting errors and biases in published empirical findings: Evidence from innovation research. Research Policy, 48(9), Article 103796.


Friday 2 October, 13:00-15:00

13:00 – 14:00: Thematic reading seminar on "Routines and Grand Challenges”. Lead by Nathalie Lazaric.

14:15 – 15:00: Research seminar: Presentation of paper by Bagley, Gifford and McKelvey – "The Emergence of Niche”


Friday 4 September, 13:00-14:00

Thematic reading seminar on "Engineering knowledge underpinning innovation”. Lead by Rögnvaldur Saemundsson.

The seminar will be based on the following two readings (attached here): 

Arthur, W.B., 2009. Engineering and its solutions. In The nature of technology: What it is and how it evolves (pp. 87-106). Free Press: New York.

Banse, G., Grunwald, A., 2009. Coherence and diversity in the engineering sciences. In Meijers, A. (Ed.), Philosophy of technology and engineering sciences, Vol 9 (pp. 155-184). North-Holland: Amsterdam.

New projects to support internationalization, knowledge exchange and network development for early career scholars

Two new projects will contribute to meet the strategic goals of internationalization and networking at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The objectives of the project are to support knowledge exchange, advanced methodological training, and network development, which supports early career scholars (PhD students, and post-doctoral scholars) in innovation and entrepreneurship. Funding agencies are Stiftelsen för ekonomisk forskning i Västsverige (SEK 300 000) and Stiftelsen Handelshögskolans Jubileumsfond (SEK 150 000).

Link to news item.

Annual Gathering of Scholars in Entrepreneurship Workshop, 9-10 June 2020

The Annual Gathering of Swedish Scholars in Entrepreneurship has had a great response - with 36 participants and will take place on June 8-9, 2020. The gathering is jointly hosted by the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, with zoom meetings between established scholars and early career scholars. Each group discusses research topics; publication strategies; and future careers for the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship.

These discussions aim to help build community of scholars in innovation and entrepreneurship, of scholars with close links to Sweden. Our community will benefit, because these meetings will provide career advice; help break potential isolation in current work situation for early career scholars; and expand research networks.

Workshop to discuss and debate current research about Evolutionary Economics 5.0, 10 March 2020

The workshop Evolutionary Approaches 5.0 took place on Tuesday 10 March 2020 as a part of Professor McKelvey’s Distinguished Professor Programme: A Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.

The workshop was organized by Maureen McKelvey, Guido Buenstorf and Mark Bagley, at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and sponsored by the Swedish Research Council. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a select group of researchers to discuss and debate current research about Evolutionary Economics 5.0. The title is a play on 5G, and in addition to presenting recent research, the aim is to explore how and where evolutionary economics is relevant in the context of today’s social sciences.

Among the topics discussed included the impact of foreign ownership on local renewal; network studies among collaborative innovation systems; the emergence of organizational routines from entrepreneurial actions; industrial PhDs within German systems of research and innovation; and the co-evolution of medical and engineering knowledge. Furthermore, a panel featuring Guido Buenstorf, Martin Henning, Nathalie Lazaric and Rögnvaldur Saemundsson gave an overview of the state of evolutionary thought in the social sciences as well as its future horizons.

- The workshop gave me the possibility to closely follow the frontier in international research. In addition, I got the opportunity to develop my knowledge within evolutionary economics and network analysis, areas that are of direct relevance to my own research, says Karin Berg, PhD student at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Download the programme here.

Thematic reading seminars in innovation and entrepreneurship

Each seminar in this digital seminar series focuses upon one issue - with contemporary theoretical perspectives, concepts, literature streams and methodological approaches with in innovation, entrepreneurship, and management of intellectual assets. The April seminar, led by M. McKelvey focused upon Ecosystems across different literature, while the May seminar, led by D. Ljungberg discussed methodological approaches to measuring recombination and novelty in science and technology. Guido Buenstorf, Kassel and GU, led the June seminar on Individual determinants of patenting. Each seminar has attracted a large number of scholars located across Europe, to debate and discuss core issues for our field.


Link to list of publications at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

WOMI - Workshops on Medical Innovation and Healthcare

WOMI is an international network of researchers who study innovation, entrepreneurship and the organisation of research and development in the context of healthcare organisations, medical devices and pharmaceutical industries and the broader field of medicine and life-sciences. Link to WOMI website.

The 2020 workshop will be hosted jointly with Bastian Rake, Maynooth University, Ireland in mid-December.

Group picture of the WOMI network
Group picture of the WOMI network, Reykjavik, Iceland 2017