PRME Conference in Innsbruck

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: Entrepreneurship, General, Social Innovation, Workshop / Conference|

The preparations for the upcoming PRME Conference hosted by the MCI in Innsbruck of Friday this week are coming to an end. This conference will lead to the signatory act for the foundation of the PRME Chapter in the DACH region. On Twitter refer to the DACH-Chapter with #prmedach. There is a high level line up [...]

Urban agglomerations, knowledge intensive services and innovation: Establishing the core connections

By | January 25th, 2014|Categories: Economic Geography, Economics of Innovation, General, Management of Innovation, Open Innovation, Publication_Home|

It took us a while to go from an idea to an accepted paper. But now Sverre Herstad and I have received the news that our paper "Urban agglomerations, knowledge intensive services and innovation: Establishing the core connections" is accepted for publication in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. In this paper we investigate how resources available in [...]

Science as a Pilgrimage

By | December 24th, 2013|Categories: General|

Recently I have heard that a medieval philosopher interpreted doing science as a pilgrimage. I really like this metaphor. For a good pilgrimage one needs accommodation along the way, one cherishes hospitality and most of all good companions to share both hardship and  pleasure. At the end of this interesting and inspiring year 2013 I would [...]

Project Meeting at GP Design Partners in Vienna

By | December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Design, General, Management General|

Today I am attending a kick-off meeting for a project integrating design thinking and management in the innovation process of strat-up firms and SMEs. The project is financed by the Austrian AWS. The meeting is hosted by GP partners in Vienna - an innovative design firm with highly inspiring premises.

Schumpeter-Lectures at Perm Polytechnic University

By | November 24th, 2013|Categories: General|

This week I participate in the Schumpeter Lectures as the Perm National Research Polytechnic University, in Perm, Russia. I present our work about mobility and Schumpeterian innovtion. The slides of the presentation can be found here. All participants enjoyed the high quality and the intellectual stimulus of the Lectures. Most of all, we were overwhelmed by [...]

CERGE-EI Workshop in Prague

By | November 15th, 2013|Categories: Economics of Innovation, General, Workshop / Conference|

Currently I am participating in a highly interesting and inspiring workshop in Prague "Innovation, institutions and geography: What can we learn from microdata?" organized by CERG-EI. The format of the workshop is great. For each presentation the organizer Martin Srholec has set aside a time slot of an hour. This allows for extensive presentations and discussions. Excellent. [...]

At the Technical University in Berlin

By | August 27th, 2013|Categories: General|

A couple two days of interaction and networking with Knut Blind and his team at the Technical University of Berlin provides a welcome opportunity to get new ideas, talk about insights and think about future projects. Plus it provides the opportunity to work on a joint paper, which has been with us for quite a while [...]

Patreon – Continuously Crowdfinancing Your Projects

By | August 9th, 2013|Categories: Design, General, Management General, Management of Innovation|

We have all heard that crowd-funding is the next wave of funding innovative projects and maybe even start-ups. Perhaps it is not the next wave but already a current wave. However, it seems that for innovators who are innovating continuously, say they create in an artist type of way, Kickstarter and all the other crowd-financing platforms [...]

Offshoring & Innovation in the Media

By | August 7th, 2013|Categories: Economics of Innovation, General, Internationalization, Management of Innovation|

Today the Austrian newspaper covers our analysis about the innovation effects of offshoring of production activities in its science section (here). Under the heading "Auslagern ist besser als sein Ruf" ("Offshoring is better than its reputation") the article covers our research quite extensively.

Business Ethics, Innovation, & Creating Shared Value

By | July 18th, 2013|Categories: General, Social Innovation, Workshop / Conference|

On Monday this week I have organized a tiny workshop at the Management Center Innsbruck to discuss "Business ethics, innovation & creating shared value". In my opening comments "Ethics, innovation & creating shared values" I introduced the topic with strong reference to Fontrodona (2013) arguing that there is a strong relationship between ethics and innovation leading [...]