EERN/ISPIM Ecosystem Workshop 2017

Melbourne, Australia | 12th December 2017

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Both entrepreneurship (EE) and innovation (IE) ecosystems are frequently used in the academic literature and by practitioners and policy makers. Despite the interest and growing application of the concepts, there are also lots of misconceptions spreading and both practical and theoretical implications remain unanswered. This includes the fundamental differences between the two concepts, with EEs being geographically bound, without a hierarchy and primarily concerned with resource allocation and networking, whereas IEs can take the form of international networks with hierarchical structures and supply chains.

The ISPIM Platforms & Ecosystems SIG is working in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Research Network (EERN) to host a workshop, as part of the ISPIM Innovation Summit 2017 in Melbourne. This workshop contributes to the overall theme “building the innovation century” by focusing on the dynamics of global and local interactions to foster innovation and growth among innovative companies and new ventures.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for discussion around several important issues:

  • Conceptual differences between innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems
  • Roles, responsibilities, and impact of ecosystem actors
  • Importance of social capital and networks in ecosystems
  • Co-creation of knowledge
  • Challenges in regional ecosystem development

The workshop will follow the format of a panel discussion and comprise two parts. In the first, short presentations by invited practitioner and academic speakers will be made, with each introducing their perspectives on the central issues, and sharing examples of successful or unsuccessful initiatives from their own regions or platforms. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by the symposium chair. The aim of this panel discussion, and the workshop itself, is not necessarily to arrive at conclusive remarks, but rather to exchange ideas, which can lead to research topics and motivate research collaboration on these emergent topics. The workshop will be open to all interested conference attendees, but will purposefully invite those centring their research and/or practical work on ecosystems.

For any questions or suggestions, please get in touch with Bernd Wurth.

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