EURAS Conference 2015

By organizing an annual conference, the European Academy of Standardization (EURAS) brings together experts in standardization from different disciplinary backgrounds. Representatives from industry, politics and science discuss current topics and present latest research work related to standards and standardization in order to improve co-operation in this field.

This year’s EURAS conference was hosted by Dansk Standard at their beautiful seaside headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The chair of innovation economics was represented by Prof. Knut Blind, Jo‑Ann Müller, Agnes Ploschka, and Florian Ramel.

The theme of the conference ‘The Role of Standards in Transatlantic Trade and Regulation’ covered a topic heavily discussed in science, media, and politics. Highlight was the panel discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US in the light of standards. The encounter of Dr. Scott Steedman, Director of Standardization at British Standards, James A. Thomas, President of ASTM International, and Prof. Panos Delimatsis, Professor of European and International Trade Law at Tilburg University, demonstrated the differences between the European and the American approaches towards standardization. Yet even more importantly, a great willingness to collaborate in the field of standardization was made clear.

Other relevant topics were the role of standards in avoiding technical barriers to trade and in various fields like manufacturing, business, innovation, and environmental protection.

Having experienced a high quality of academic presentations and exchange, we are looking forward to next year’s EURAS conference to be held in Montpellier.

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EURAS Conference 2014

Once again the European standardization community met at the EURAS conference to discuss recent developments within the field of standardization. This years’ EURAS was held in Serbia under the theme ‘Cooperation among standardisation organisations and the scientific and academic community’. The conference was kindly hosted by the Faculty of Organizational Science of the University of Belgrade which provided plenty of opportunity for discussing standardization issues in Eastern Europe.

The chair of Innovation Economics from the TU-Berlin was well represented. Michel Tolksdorf, Anne-Marie Großmann, and Sören Simon Petersen chaired different sessions at the conference and presented their current work. Jo-Ann Müller additionally delivered an invited speech covering the first results of the German Standardization Panel. Besides that Luisa Lazina and Julius Rauber, from the same chair, presented their actual research as well.

Jo-Ann Müller presenting at the EURAS

Jo-Ann Müller presenting at the EURAS conference in Belgrade

The overall resume of this year’s conference was that the incentives, benefits and drawbacks of organizations to be actively or passively involved in standardization need closer attention, both in theory and in practice at the standards developing organizations. The themes varied from regulation and standardization in general up to the analysis of standardization network. Once again the conference highlighted the relevance of standardization research and showed that the European research community is alive and well.

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Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston, August 3-7 2012

The Academy of Management (AoM) Meeting in Boston this year was one of our personal highlights so far in our time as PhD students. The AoM Meeting is exceptionally large compared to conferences we have been to so far. Roughly 10,000 attendees gathered in Boston to host so called Professional Development Workshops (PDW) and participate in these workshops, paper presentations or social receptions in the evenings.Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Theresa’s experience

I was among the lucky ones presenting own work at the AoM meeting. However, the most important aspects of AoM from my perspective were to participate in very interesting and extremely useful PDWs and to broaden and strengthen my network. To put it short: the AoM Meeting was an exceptional possibility to meet old friends and to make some new friends. Moreover, the offered workshops and paper session were of unequaled variety. Especially the workshops on career development (e.g., how to apply in the US job market; how to negotiate the first job offer) and on methodology (e.g., “Do I have an endogeneity problem and does it matter?”) were extremely useful for me and my personal professional development.

Moreover, I was able to present my work to an interested audience. The paper “Does competitive strategy protect from intellectual property free riding?” was well received and the feedback I got was very valuable. Moreover, the other presenters in my session had some very interesting and good papers which nicely fit together in one session. Notwithstanding, I value the broadening of my network over the feedback I got for my personal work. Once again I realized, how small the research community really is.

Annika’s experience

The first two days of the meeting, I attended a Doctoral Consortium organized by the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) division. It was nice to catch up with and get to know other PhD students with the same research interests from different institutions all over the world. The first day was organized as an interactive, open discussion session where different smaller groups exchanged their views about the “job market”, “life as a professor” and “research, teaching and academic services” with internationally renowned scholars such as Mary Tripsas, Rahul Kapoor, Tobias Kretschmer, Andrea Fosfuri, and Tim Simcoe. The next day focused on “ethics in research” and on a panel session where we had the chance to meet the editors of highly ranked management journals. I also attended PDWs on topics such as “Behavioral Strategy 3.0: From “Why” to “How” or “The Present and Future of Behavioral Strategy” or “Using Experiments to Examine Interfirm Exchanges”. Everybody was extremely enthusiastic and the conference atmosphere was very stimulating and motivating. People talking with excitement about their own research are intriguing and can be the start of new research collaboration.

Theresa and I mutually agree on our first AoM experience: It was overwhelming, huge and a lot of fun.

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5th Searle Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Chicago, June 2012

The Searle Conference at the Northwestern University in Chicago was a phenomenal event. I was very thrilled to be invited as a discussant for two exceptional papers on licensing and incentives for innovation. It was a pleasure to represent our Chair together with my fellow colleague Annika Lorenz.
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