DIME Final conference
6-8 April 2011, Maastricht
UNU-MERIT & School of Economics and Business, Maastricht University

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Over its lifetime of 6 years, DIME has organized many activities that provide a broad perspective on the role of Europe in the global knowledge economy, from a perspective that covers geography, evolutionary economics, institutional economics, organization and management science, and other relevant disciplines. DIME will come to an end on 30 April 2011, and will organize a final conference in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The aim of the conference is to summarize and conclude on DIME’s activities. The conference program will feature contributed papers from DIME members or other interested participants, as well as a number of plenary sessions. The call for papers has been closed now, and the conference program will be announced soon.

1. Heterogeneity in economics and innovation, sessions organized by F. Malerba, R. Cowan & M. McKelvey.

Firms, consumers and other agents are heterogeneous.  The role of such heterogeneity in processes of change, growth and evolution, as well as the sources of heterogeneity, are still very open to debate.  Both empirical and theoretical work is necessary to clarify the role of heterogeneity further. The plenary session on this topic will focus on the role of heterogeneity in evolutionary economics.
Confirmed speakers are : Stan Metcalfe (Manchester), Alan Kirman (GREQAM) and Stefano Brusoni (KiTEs).

2. Growth and development, sessions organized by G. Dosi, L. Soete and B. Verspagen.

Both rich and poor countries are constantly looking for ways to accelerate economic growth and achieve sustainable development. Knowledge, innovation and new technologies play a crucial role in this process. The recent economic crisis has once again underlined the limited use of mainstream economic theory in this light.  This topic will take stock on recent advances in (macro)­economics and related disciplines to address growth and development. The plenary session on this topic will focus on global post-crisis growth perspectives.
Confirmed speakers are : Mario Cimoli (ECLAC) and Michael Landesmann (WIIW).

3. The paradox of localization and globalization, sessions organized by P. Maskell and A. Varga.

It has been argued that with globalization (the increased ability of firms and other economic actors to move), the local level of governance has become more important. What does this imply for theory and empirical work in our field? We have begun to analyze this, but it is still open for research to uncover how mechanisms working at the global scale and forces active at the local level simultaneously determine the actual patterns of spatial agglomeration and its evolution.

4. Organization and innovativeness, sessions organized by E. Steinmueller and L. Marengo.

What makes some firms more innovative than others? There is now solid evidence that significant and persistent differences exist between firms, even when sectoral and national specificities are taken into account, in their capabilities to produce innovations and to profit from them. We lack an understanding of how to set priorities among the different classes of explanation offered so far.

5. Economic dynamics and the environment, sessions organized by L. Lizal and V. Oltra.

Evolutionary economics has hardly devoted attention to environmental dimensions of economic systems. Emphasis has been put on the creative dimension of economic dynamics while destructive aspects and ecological debris have been left over. But the growing interest in the issue of environmental innovations pursued by firms has opened room for evolutionary approaches and new discussions, in particular on the role of eco-innovation. The plenary session on this topic will, among other things, focus on the Porter hypothesis.
Confirmed speakers are : Paul Lanoie (Montreal) and Jeroen van de Bergh (UA de Barcelona).

6. Dynamics of technology and knowledge, sessions organized by P. Llerena, E. Brousseau and A. Nuvolari.

Understanding innovation, technology and knowledge requires a multi-disciplinary perspective. Recent work on the dynamics of knowledge creation builds upon a rich tradition in disciplines such as history, economics, sociology, and management science. This topic of the conference will take stock of what has been established in these fields, and what outlook they provide for modern research programmes. The plenary session on this topic will focus on new perspectives on innovation and the Industrial Revolution.
Confirmed speakers are : Robert Allen (Nuffield), Paul David (UNU-Merit and ParisTech), and Gerald Silverberg (UNU-Merit).