Regional innovation in a global economy! Open seminar December 11th

Centre for Innovation Research is proud to invite you to an open seminar «Regional innovation in a global economy» at the University of Stavanger, Tuesday December 11th 2012.

Date:  December 11th, 2012, 10.00–15.15

Location: University of Stavanger, UiS Business School, Ellen og Axel Lunds hus, room H-317

Sign-up: Please visit the following this link by 9 December to register

In the project «The Western Norwegian Innovation System in a Global Economy» (2010–2012), funded by the Regional Research Fund for Western Norway and the Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research,, we have examined drivers and barriers for innovation in firms in the Bergen and Stavanger regions compared to other city regions in Norway.

This seminar marks the end of the project, and we will present findings from a survey of firms in Stavanger, Bergen, and other city regions in Norway, as well as from a study of innovation policy in these two regions. As part of the ambition of the project has been to analyse Norwegian regions in a comparative international context, we have furthermore invited leading researchers in the field of regional innovation studies from universities in the United Kingdom, Spain and Sweden. They will present their own research into the same themes, as well as comment on how the findings on Western Norway compares to experiences from elsewhere in the world.

The seminar will be held in English. The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided.


10:00 – 10:15
Introduction and welcome

10:15 – 11:15
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose: The territorial dynamics of innovation in a global world: EU, US, China and India in comparison.

11:15 – 12:00
Jerker Moodysson: Knowledge dynamics, firm specificities and sources for innovation.

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 13:00
Mario Davide Parrilli: Disentangling the relationship between learning modes, innovation types and firm performance: Evidence from Spain.

13:00 – 13:30
Rune Dahl Fitjar: Firm collaboration and modes of innovation.

13:30 – 13:45 Coffee

13:45 – 14:15
Martin Gjelsvik: How open is open innovation?

14:15 – 14:45
Arild Farsund and Ann Karin Holmen: Innovation policy in city-regions: Internationalization strategies as policy instruments.

14:45 – 15:15
Comments on project findings by invited guests.


Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and Vice-President of the European Regional Science Association. He is an internationally renowned scholar on regional development and innovation who has published 8 books and more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, and is currently editor of two leading journals: Economic Geography and Environment and Planning C.

Jerker Moodysson is Deputy Director of the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University and Associate Professor of Innovation Studies. His research is on innovation processes in the intersection of science and industry and on regional innovation systems and policies.

Mario Davide Parrilli is Senior Research Fellow at Orkestra – Basque Institute of Competitiveness and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Deusto in Bilbao. He has a PhD in Economics and Industrial Development Policy from the University of Birmingham. His research examines clusters, regional development and innovation.

Rune Dahl Fitjar is Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute of Stavanger. He has a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and spent 2011/2012 as visiting scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles. He won the 2012 Stavanger Forum Prize for Communication of Research for his work on regional innovation.

Martin Gjelsvik is Head of Research at the International Research Institute of Stavanger. He is dr.oecon from the Norwegian School of Economics. His research is on innovation processes in firms, regional development, strategy and management. He is the project manager for “The Western Norwegian Innovation System in a Global Economy”.

Arild Aurvåg Farsund is Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute of Stavanger. From 2013, he will be Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Stavanger. He is dr.polit from the University of Bergen. He has conducted research on various topics, including regional policy and institutions.

Ann Karin Tennås Holmen is Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute of Stavanger. She completed her PhD in Public Administration at the University of Bergen in 2011 on the topic of governance through networks in Norwegian city regions and has conducted research on planning and regional policy development.


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