12 / Innovation And Social Development
Commercialization and Innovation

18 – 20 May 2007   print this page

Conference organizers:

Jasminka Lažnjak, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Jadranka Švarc, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb, Croatia

Richard Blandy, University of South Australia, Australia

Zeljka Sporer, University of South Australia, Australia

Conference description:

According to the 2005 European Innovation Scoreboard, based on current performance and growth rates, it will take some European countries more than 50 years to catch up to the present EU average. The new member states comprise most of the catching up and losing ground categories in this Scoreboard, and only 2 of these countries (Hungary and Slovenia) are expected to achieve the present EU average within 20 years. The countries wanting to grow faster will clearly have to increase their rate of innovation, because innovation is a major factor in countries economic development and growth. There is no doubt that knowledge, innovation and competitiveness are all positively correlated. Different approaches have been developed to try to understand the various mechanisms and conditions through which innovations occur in certain countries, regions, technologies and sectors. Systems of innovation approaches have been widely used to study innovation because they enable researchers to identify, describe and explain the variety of factors that shape and influence innovation. The national innovation system approach emphasizes the importance and complexity of the relationship between knowledge, learning and institutional change for innovation outcomes. Because the rate of innovation is uneven between regions and sectors two other systems approaches have been developed: a regional/local innovation system approach and a technological/sectoral innovation system approach. Some authors have coined the concept of a regional innovation paradox, referring to the apparent contradiction between greater spending on innovation in regions that are lagging behind and the relatively lower capacity of such regions to absorb public funds. All the approaches stress the important role of institutions and the need for institutional change to enable innovation policy to be integrated effectively with other dimensions of public policy. Which institutions are the most important for these processes and how do they work in different societies and regions? We would like to explore and discuss different aspects of the role of institutions in the emergence and maintenance of innovation, taking into account different social contexts. Contributions dealing with other issues relating innovation with economic and social development are also welcome. Our previous two conferences touched upon many important issues concerning the ways innovation and development connect and interact. Our third conference will continue to discuss all relevant aspects of this relationshipThe conference will work as an inter- and trans- disciplinary workshop of scholars from developed and developing countries, especially from the former CEEC. Its focus will be on the key role of innovation in the knowledge society and innovations consequences for development at global, regional and local levels. The stress will be on the following fields: Socio-cultural differences/experiences in innovation systems and policies Regional and sectoral innovation policy/system Universities and innovation  Learning and knowledge management Technology, entrepreneurship and creativity Paper SubmissionsPlease express your interest by sending a registration form by March 01.2007.April 10. 2007. - submission of abstractMay 15. 2007. - submission of PPP (PowerPoint Presentations/Transparencies)Guidelines for Abstracts in Word (preferred) or PDF format up to 500 words long, contain information about the author (name, institution(s), address (postal, e-mail, telephone)Contact PersonsJadranka varcInstitute of social sciences Ivo PilarMarulićev trg 19, ZagrebTel. (+ 385 1) 4886-824e-mail: jadranka.svarc@pilar.hrJasminka Lanjak University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesI. Lučića 3, 10 000 Zagreb, CroatiaPhone: (+385 1) 6120 184E-mail: jlaznjak@ffzg.hr