16th Conference of the International Schumpeter Society 2016, Montréal, Canada

By organizing a biennial conference, the International Schumpeter Society (ISS) brings together research that is of interest in the spirit of Joseph A. Schumpeter. Representatives from an international research community discuss current topics and present latest research related to innovation and evolutionary economics.

This year’s ISS conference was organized and hosted by Prof. Jorge Niosi (University of Québec) in the beautiful city of Montréal, Canada for three days, from July 6th to 8th, 2016. The Chair of Innovation Economics was represented by Paul von Gruben, Max von Laer and Matti Grosse. They presented their work on “user innovation”, “service innovation” and “open innovation”.

The theme of the conference ‘Building Bridges’ covered topics of all areas of the innovation research, such as innovation policy, long term economic development, complexity economics and energy policy. Highlights were the keynotes of Richard Nelson (Columbia University, New York) on “The scope and orientation of evolutionary economics” and Joel Mokyr (Northwestern University, Illinois) on “A culture of growth: The origins of the modern economy”. But equally important, 293 speakers from 34 different countries presented their research indicating the broad interest in innovation research and the worldwide spread of the community.

Having experienced the high quality of academic presentations and the exchange of knowledge, we are looking forward to the next ISS conference in 2018 in Seoul.

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