Innovation and Creativity in Emerging Economic Spaces: Local Entrepreneurship and Transnational Comp (IGU CoDoES)

Venue: Kraków

Location: Kraków, Poland

Event Date/Time: May 03, 2012 End Date/Time: May 05, 2012
Registration Date: Apr 15, 2012
Early Registration Date: Mar 31, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 01, 2012
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Dense networks of local inter-connected firms facilitate the creation of innovative milieu. Formal and informal linkages between companies and other stakeholders lead to enhanced local creativity. A similar role may
be played by transnational corporations, which may gradually become embedded in relations with local partners. Hence, new economic spaces of innovation and creativity emerge and lead to geographical, institutional and social changes.

The objective of the Conference is to examine the innovative and creative local and foreign businesses and
to study the relationships between local companies and global enterprises. It is widely accepted that the scope of innovative behavior is not limited to high-tech industries or knowledge-intensive business services; creativity in ‘traditional’ industries is no less important. Since operations and linkages of local and global enterprises are highly volatile, the dynamics of these relations can be especially intriguing. Conference organizers are also open for contributions that focus on the relations between core (North America, Western and Northern Europe, Japan and East Asia) and emerging economies.

Another important objective of the conference is to create opportunities for networking. The organizers would like to facilitate transfer of knowledge and international research collaboration between people, institutions and countries. We encourage contributions originating from a variety of academic disciplines such as economic geography, regional studies, economics, international business, strategic management and planning.
We would welcome sound empirical studies based on the established theoretical background.

We invite contributions on the following topics:
 Local, creative entrepreneurship in traditional industries
 Innovative industries in neo-Marshallian industrial districts
 Innovative businesses and their contribution to local and regional development
 Family businesses and their role in local and regional development
 Cluster initiatives focused on local entrepreneurship
 Evolutionary perspective on local and regional growth trajectories
 Role of innovative and creative industries in path development/creation
 Geographical, social and cultural embeddedness of TNCs
 Clusters and networks of interconnected local and global companies
 Dynamics of networks, clusters and firms
 Phoenix industries
 Influence of EU enlargement on local innovativeness and creativity
 Role of social capital in enabling creativity of businesses
 Local and global companies & public policy interactions

Based upon submissions received so far the conference will focus on three specific sub-themes. These are:

-Embeddedness and Networks
-Innovation versus Creativity - local and regional cases
-Local rural spaces - entrepreneurship and local milieu

The selected papers will be considered for publication in a book. If the papers meet sufficient quality, they’ll be included in a special issue of a peer reviewed journal.

Charge for attendance at the conference (incl. field trip cost, 3 lunches, and conference dinner): 850 PLN (1 PLN – approx. 0.22 EUR; 1 PLN – approx. 0.3 USD) before 1st April 2012 or 1000 PLN (1-15 April 2012)

Important deadlines:
• Abstract submission: 15 February 2012 (abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to
dr Grzegorz Micek at; abstract should include names of all the authors, affiliation and full contact details, DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 28 February 2012.
• Notification about acceptance: 5 March 2012
• Preliminary conference programme: 15 March 2012
• Room booking: 15 March 2012
• Early registration/fee payment (850 PLN): 31 March 2012
• Late registration/fee payment (1000 PLN): 15 April 2012

The conference venue: Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University,
Gronostajowa 7, Kraków, Poland
More information about the conference will be forthcoming on the Conference websites: and