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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

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Evolution and dynamics of industrial structures and ecosystems:Innovation and productivity in industries

Business School, Durham University

Durham University Business School (DUBS), with the generous support of the Institute of Advanced Study, welcomes submissions for the mini-conference on “Evolution and dynamics of industrial structures and ecosystems: Innovation and productivity in industries” to be held at Durham University Business School on Complete or developmental papers with rigorous methodology on the following themes are particularly welcome:

  • Self-organization and evolution of industrial structures, including historical and geographical perspectives
  • Heterogeneity, non-linearity, endogeneity and uncertainty in micro-econometric studies of innovation.
  • Alternative approaches to firm productivity, industrial evolution and structure
  • Mathematical modelling of industrial structures in time and space and their impact on company performance.
  • Innovation, industry/technology shakeouts and life cycles

The conference is intended to facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue and welcomes papers with a diverse range of rigorous research methodologies.

Durham University Business School is accredited by all major academic bodies (AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS). The University is located in central Durham, which is famous for its World Heritage Sites, including a beautiful Cathedral and Castle.

The paper submission deadline is Friday 4th August. Please email your paper or extended abstract (4 pages minimum) in pdf format together with your complete contact details (email, address, phone) to

If you wish to attend this conference, please send your contact details to the email above as registration is necessary and free of charge – this will enable the conference programme to be sent in August.

Workshop Programme

10:40 – 11:10 Registration, Tea & Coffee
11:10 – 11:20 Introduction
11:20 – 11:45 Mehmet Ugur and Eshref Trushin, “UK subsidies and private R&D investment: Variations in input additionality by firm type and over time”, presenter – Professor Mehmet Ugur, Greenwich University
11:45 – 12:00 Questions, answers and discussion
12:00 – 12:25 Richard Harris and John Moffat, “The decline of British manufacturing, 1973-2012: The role of total factor productivity”, presenter – Dr John Moffat, Durham University Business School
12:25 – 12:40 Questions, answers and discussion
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:25 Eshref Trushin and Mehmet Ugur “Firm-size diversity and R&D investment: effects of ecosystem complexity on company survival in UK data”, presenter – Dr Eshref Trushin, Durham University
14:25 – 14:40 Questions, answers and discussion
14:40 – 15:05 Junhong Yang and Bo Pan, “Industry competition and firm innovation: Evidence from China”, presenter – Bo Pan, Management School, University of Sheffield
15:05 – 15:20 Questions, answers and discussion
15:20 – 15:40 Tea & Coffee
15:40 – 16:05 Sebastian Aparicio, Juan Muñoz-Mora, David Urbano “Historical roots, institutions, and entrepreneurial culture: A regional case in Colombia”, presenter - Sebastian Aparicio, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
15:05 – 16:15 Questions, answers and discussion
16:15 – 16:40 Fernando Aguirre, “Effects of innovative effort on different components of productivity and impacts of financial support for innovations: Evidence for the Colombian manufacturing industry”, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
16:40 – 16:50 Questions, answers and discussion
16:50 – 17:00 Closing remarks
17:00 – 18:00 Dinner and departures
18:00 After Dinner optional walks at Durham Castle and Cathedral.

To register for this workshop, please email to by 29th August with any details of your attendance.

By submitting your paper you guarantee that at least one co-author will present it at the conference. There is no registration fee, but all travel and accommodation costs are assumed to be covered by the participants*. Meals and coffee-breaks will be provided at the conference. The selection committee will inform you about the outcome by 18th August 2017.

* PhD students registered in the UK who are accepted to present a paper can apply for assistance with travel/accommodation up to a total of £200 per student by supplying the expected travel costs when they email their paper.

Attendance at the conference is free but booking is essential. Please email to register your attendance.

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