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ICEIRD 2009 : 2nd International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development


When Apr 24, 2009 - Apr 25, 2009
Where Thessaloniki, Greece
Submission Deadline Jan 12, 2009
Notification Due Feb 23, 2009
Final Version Due Mar 10, 2009

Call For Papers



THEME: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Crossroads: Triggers, Catalysts
and Accelerators for sustainable Regional Development
Organised jointly by

City College, Affiliated Institution of the University of Sheffield
South-East European Research Center SEERC
ICEIRD 2009 aims to provide an effective channel of communication between
decision-makers (government, ministries and state agencies), researchers
(universities, research and development centres, start-up centres and
incubators), practitioners (SME leaders and managers) and persons concerned
with the latest research, scientific development and practice on innovation
and entrepreneurship in order to discuss topics that are of currency,
relevance and significance for national competitiveness as well as
sustainable, robust , and equitable regional development. ICEIRD09 aims to:
address key factors in regional economic development, entrepreneurial
vitality and innovation processes raise the level of awareness about
innovation, entrepreneurship and competitive advantage strengthen the
regional and international network among representatives from SEE countries
and those from EU member states consolidate intra-SEE networks of SMEs,
Start-up Centers and Incubators understand cultural and national barriers
of entrepreneurship in the global economy promote best practices in
innovation research and business development facilitate regional
partnerships and innovation networks

- Creativity, Complexity and Competitiveness Issues for Small and Medium
Enterprises (SMEs) in SEE vs. other regions(EU and other)
- Managing and Leveraging Complexity, Creativity and Innovation in SMEs
- Trust, Respect, Culture and Collaboration Issues for SMEs in SEE vs.
other regions (EU and other)
- Leadership and Management practices that can be applied to SMEs
- SME Knowledge management and technology transfer
- SME Business process modeling
- New Technology Ventures Financing
- Business incubation management and leadership
- Human Resources Practices for promoting innovation for SMEs
- South East European Entrepreneurial Innovation Clusters
- SMEs? Entrepreneurship as an Innovation Driver
- Opportunities and barriers for closer cooperation between South East
European SMEs in Innovation & Entrepreneurship:
- Strategic Integration vs. Flexibility and SME Competitiveness
- Innovation Clusters, Technology Transfer and Social Entrepreneurship
- Social Networking as Driver of EICs formation
- Science & Technology Parks and EICs
- Young and Women Entrepreneurs development via EICs
- Benchmarking of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Best Practices in the
- Innovation policy in SMEs
- Technology Innovation, Transfer and Commercialization across Governement,
University, Industry domains
- The role of the State and Public Policy with regards to SME Innovation
and Entrepreneurship
- Governmental and regional policies on entrepreneurship and innovation
- Entrepreneurial Universities and Entrepreneurial Innovation Clusters
- Entrepreneurship education, University - Industry collaboration
- ICT and SME Regional competitiveness
- SMEs and the role of the Innovation Zone(business centers and incubators)
- Intangibles Valuation and Intellectual Property Rights

Conference Chair:
Panos Ketikidis (City College, Greece)

Conference Co-Chairs (Organisation):
Thanos Hatziapostolou (City College, Greece),
Fotis Misopoulos (City College, Greece)

Programme Committee:
Elias Carayannis (George Washington University, USA)
Siau Ching Lenny Koh (University of Sheffield,UK)
Nicos Komninos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Vicky Manthou (University of Macedonia, Greece)
Radmil Polenakovik (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, F.Y.R. Macedonia)
Jaka Vadnjal (GEA College for Entrepreneurship, Slovenia)
Cotet Domnica (Mechanical Research Engineering Institute, Romania)
Petko Ruskov (Sofia University, Bulgaria)
Zoran Anisic (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)
Luke Pittaway (Georgia Southern University, USA)
Collin Williams (University of Sheffield, UK)
Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko (University of Tampere, Finland)
Robert Huggins (University of Wales Institute, UK)

Local Organising Committee:
Anna Sotiriadou (City College, Greece)
Nikos Zaharis (SEERC, Greece)
Stelios Kehaghias (City College, Greece)
Leslie Szamozi (City College, Greece)
Alexandros Psychogios (City College, Greece)

Authors are invited to submit a full paper of 6-10 pages. Submitted papers,
which will go under blind review by at least two referees.
Following acceptance, authors are asked to prepare a camera ready paper in
a predefined format. The Conference Proceedings, including all papers
presented will be published as a SEERC book edited by the Conference Chairs.
Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the International
Journal for Innovation and Regional Development (IJIRD) Interscience
Publisher Ltd. The official language of the conference is English.

Submission of full papers: 12 January 2009
Notification of acceptance: 23 February 2009
Submission of camera ready paper: 10 March 2009
Early Registration and Author Registration: 16 March 2009

Contact Secretariat:
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