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Seminars Fall 2020 

GOT KIES will arrange a series of seminars during the Fall, continuing on our digital interactions this spring, with researchers around Europe participating. Activities will include both seminars on ongoing research as well as thematic reading seminars on a specific topic.


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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2019.05.005


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.

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.