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DRUID Professional Development Workshops (PDWs)

Monday June 13, 9:00-12:00

 

PDW1: SEARCH AND RECOMBINATION STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGICAL AND NON-TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS

Organizers:

BEATRICE D’IPPOLITO (University of York), ANTONIO MESSENI PETRUZZELLI (Politecnico di Bari)

Speakers:

PEDRO DE FARIA (University of Groningen), CLAUDIO DELL’ERA (Politecnico di Milano), ELISA OPERTI (ESSEC Business School), MARCEL BOGERS (University of Copenhagen)

Many scholars have argued that innovation can be conceptualised as search process through which individuals and firms search and find knowledge components and combine them in innovative ways to deliver more value to their customers (Savino et al., 2016). Individuals and firms are therefore encouraged to seek new components or new ways of using existing knowledge across multiple landscapes (Fleming, 2001). This exploration can be pursued by overcoming boundaries of different nature and has been proved to be fundamental for the development of innovations in a number of different domains, such as biotechnology, aerospace, semiconductors, mechatronics, and cultural and creative industries. We find that a discussion of search and recombination strategies in both technological and non-technological innovations will give us the possibility to explore conventional and less conventional mechanisms of knowledge systematisation (D’Ippolito et al., 2014; D’Ippolito, 2015) with the audience, thus bringing to the fore the intricate relationship between strategy and innovation.

Based on the findings emerging from prior literature, this PDW seeks to advance our understanding on the main search strategies firms and individuals may adopt to innovate; more specifically, through a focus on the extent to which technological and non-technological innovations call for different approaches, we aim to identify and delineate a number of new directions for future research. Hence, in this PDW, after a brief introduction by the organisers, four different perspectives will be presented by prominent academics in the field, before the subject at stake is further unpacked with the participants. This shall allow us to collect novel ideas and suggest possible lines of inquiry around the pillars highlighted in the presentations.

 

PDW2: INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE ANTECEDENTS OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION: NEW AVENUES FOR RESEARCH

Organizer:

VALENTINA TARTARI (Copenhagen Business School)

Speakers:

PAULA STEPHAN (Georgia State University); PATRICK GAULÉ (CERGE-EI); FABIAN WALDINGER (University of Warwick); JEFF FURMAN (Boston University)

Supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research

The topic of production of scientific knowledge has attracted a large interest in a variety of academic communities, ranging from economics, management, sociology, psychology and economic history. While different disciplines may present different epistemological and methodological approaches, their interaction can greatly contribute to enrich our understanding on the mechanisms underlying scientific productivity. In order to fully reap the potential benefits of this multidisciplinary debate, this PDW will provide a common forum of discussion and the opportunity for researchers interested in this area to engage in a discussion about future avenues for research and novel methodologies. The PDW is organized around two macro-themes. The first theme deals with avenues of future research in the area of economics and management of scientific knowledge. The second theme relates to the empirical challenges and subsequent developments we have witnessed in this area, as a result of the ongoing quest for better identification and establishment of causality. All the contributions in the PDW aim at guiding researchers who intend to work towards filling the gap in our understanding of how individual characteristics, career patterns, funding, collaboration and the organization of scientists influence the quantity and direction of scientific output. Rather than presenting specific papers, the speakers will foster a more general discussion on how to advance research on this topic and reflect on the challenges faced by researchers, especially those new to the area

 

PDW 3: NAVIGATING THE PUBLICATION PROCESS (YOUNG SCHOLAR WORKSHOP)

Organizers:

ALEX DA MOTA PEDROSA (University of Southern Denmark), OLIVER BAUMANN (University of Southern Denmark), MARKUS BECKER (University of Southern Denmark); METTE PRÆST KNUDSEN (University of Southern Denmark)

Speakers:

KARIN HOISL (University of Mannheim); CHRISTOPH GRIMPE (CBS); OLIVER ALEXY (TU München); LARS FREDERIKSEN (Aarhus University)

We invite PhD students, post docs and newly appointed assistant professors to this PDW.

The aim is to help young scholars navigate the uncertainties of the academic publication process. Overall, this workshop will provide participants with valuable insights into the academic publishing process delivered by senior researchers (presentation session), and with the opportunity to obtain feedback and ideas with regard to developing their current own research (breakout session). To enhance the effectiveness of the breakout sessions (groups of 3-4 manuscripts), participants need to submit a current manuscript (work in progress), with which they target a recognized international journal in the near future, in advance. Each participant will be asked to read and provide feedback on 3-4 papers. Senior researchers will lead these discussion groups, and will provide feedback on the submitted manuscripts as well.

We would like to ask all interested young scholars to send us a research paper, which they aim to submit to a recognized international journal in the near future (the target journal should be indicated). To apply, please send an email to Alex Pedrosa (pedrosa@sam.sdu.dk) no later than June 1st, 2016.  Please include name, institutional affiliation, email address, co-authors (if applicable) and target journal, and attach the paper.