Report on Special Session at the 4th GCEG in Oxford

SIEM conducted a Special Session entitled Spaces of Innovation Management at the 4th Global Conference of Economic Geographers at Oxford University on 22nd August 2015. Andrew Jones, Lech Suwala and Rolf Schlunze chaired the sessions and are grateful for the speakers and the pro-active participation of the audience. Although all three sessions were conducted on the last day SIEM attracted an audience of two dozen scholars. Most of those participating in the morning session joined the SIEM mailing. During the morning session and at the end of the final session, Rolf Schlunze described successful steps and future plans on the road map of SIEM. Since we actually received presentations with quite diverse topics we are considering an alternative publication strategy. We understand and support the idea of the authors participating in our session to publish their research in leading journals of economic geography. The 4th GCEG bore great opportunities for everybody participating!

Please find below the list of presentations, speakers and their contact information. To read the abstract you can click on the number in front of the presentation title. All conference abstracts have been published at the GCEG conference homepage at URL

Session 1: Innovation management: Entrepreneurs, managers and practice

1-1.Coping with Global Challenges: the significance of intercultural management practices.

Andrew Jones (School of Arts and Social Science, City University London)
E-mail: andrew.jones.3[at]

1-2.Multifunctional managers in the Stockholm film cluster.

Su-Hyun Berg (Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden)
E-mail: Su-Hyun.Berg[at]

1-3.Innovation and local adjustment practices of American and Chinese IT entrepreneurs in Japan.

Rolf D. Schlunze (Department of International Business Administration, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka Ibaraki Campus, Japan)
E-mails: drrds309[at]

1-4.The geography of work practices.

Kristina Trygg & Brita Hermelin, (Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden)
E-mails: kristina.trygg[at], [email protected]


Session 2: Innovation management: organization, diffusion and spatial scope

2-1.The Hub Organization: Using Fluid Boundaries to Manage Innovation Networks.

Nicolas Friederici (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford), Mark Graham (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford) & Tuukka Toivonen (SOAS, University of London, Marc Ventresca, Said Business School, University of Oxford)
E-mail: tuukka.t[at]

2-2.Innovation Diffusion: The Case of Biotech Crops.

Lailani L. Alcantara (Associate Professor, College of International Management, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University)
E-mail: lanipark[at]

2-3. Innovation beyond cities: remoteness and slow innovation.

Richard Shearmur & David Doloreux (School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
E-mail: richard.shearmur[at]


Session 3: Innovation management – Scales, spaces, interests and productivity

3-1.Chinese firms’ utilization of foreign acquisitions in peripheral industrial regions for enhancing innovation capabilities.

Patrik Ström & Richard Nakamura (Centre for International Business Studies, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg)
E-mails: patrik.strom[at], richard.nakamura[at]

3-2.Role of Innovation Capability and ICT in the Innovation Process In Four ASEAN Economies: An SEM Approach.

Hiroki Idota (Faculty of Economics, Kinki University, Japan), Yasushi Ueki (ERIA, Indonesia, and Institute of Development Economies/JETRO, Japan) and Masatsugu Tsuji (Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo, Japan)
E-mails: idota[at], yasushi.ueki[at], tsuji[at]

3-3.Exploring the Quadruple Helix Model for the Commercialisation of Renewable Energy Technologies.

Jessica García Terán (Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Management, Uppsala University, Sweden)
E-mail: jessica.garcia[at]

3-4. A Holistic Approach to Innovation Management.

Lech Suwala, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin / Department of International Business Administration, Ritsumeikan University Osaka Ibaraki Campus, Japan)
E-mail: lech.suwala[at]

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