Directions for the Sustainable Development and Competitiveness of Regions
New Horizons in Regional Science series
Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Börje Johansson and Roger R. Stough
Preface The chapters in this book were first presented at the thirteenth Uddevalla Symposium, 19–22 August 2010,1 at Jönköping University, Sweden. The overall theme was ‘Innovation and Multidimensional Entrepreneurship – Economic, Social and Academic Aspects’. The 2010 Uddevalla Symposium was organized as a Special Session within the 50th Anniversary European Congress of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) organized by the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). Session organizers were Professor Kingsley E. Haynes, Dean, School of Public Policy, George Mason University and Professor Roger R. Stough, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, George Mason University, USA. A broad range of topics was listed among the themes for Special Sessions within the Congress. One of them (and the largest) was the 13th Uddevalla Symposium, to which 40 papers were submitted. This session had an interdisciplinary character and provided an opportunity for researchers to discuss their ongoing research relevant to clarifying the role of innovation and multidimensional entrepreneurship in the growth and development of regional economies and regional economic systems. The papers were subdivided into nine different subthemes: Multidimensional Entrepreneurship, Regional Innovation Systems, Economic Development, Social Capital, Entrepreneurial Behavior, Rural Development, Industries, Firm Performance and Clusters, and Cities (for a detailed program, see the website: www.symposium.hv.se). The editors express their gratitude to the organizers of this 13th Uddevalla Symposium: University West, Trollhättan, Sweden; The School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA; Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping, Sweden; and Centre...