Research Workshop · Technovation

Research Workshop

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the global geopolitical order appears to falter, disruptive technologies and digitalization are establishing themselves as basic determinants of international production networks. The interdependencies that define international value chains are undoubtedly affecting and being affected by the ways in which innovation is now carried out.
More than ever before, we must bolster our understanding of innovation and how enterprises (whether multinational or small and medium) engage in coupling and decoupling processes on the international scene. Thus, we seek the beneficial interaction of specialists in International Trade, Innovation, Economic Geography, and MNEs in order to advance new analytical frameworks while providing new empirical evidence.
If you are a PhD student (or young researcher) with an interest in innovation across borders, MNEs, and the governance and transformation of international value chains (regional and global value chains GVCs), you are invited to apply to discuss your research paper at a CatChain1 event to be held at the Complutense University of Madrid (ICEI, Somosaguas campus).
Please submit your extended abstract (max. 2000 words, in English) to before February 15, 2023.
Possible topics (not an exclusive list):
• Innovation in international value chains
• International value chains governance
• Complexities in international value chains
• GVCs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
• Digitalization and GVCs
1 The CatChain EC Project: Catching-up along the global value chain. Models, determinants and policy implications.
Accepted papers will be announced no later than February 25. Theoretical as well as empirical contributions are equally encouraged, including both quantitative and qualitative studies.
Research papers will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Relevance within the field
  2. Technical and/or theoretical content
  3. Degree of novelty
    This invitation is addressed to PhD students and young scholars; limited CatChain (EC) funds will be made available for accepted papers to help finance travel and accommodation expenditures for corresponding authors, according to the evaluation of submitted papers.
    Presentations by senior and junior researchers will be organized across four sessions – morning and afternoon – on March 28, 2023. Each session will permit sufficient time for paper presentations and discussions.
    Among senior scholars, the following experts have been invited (some remain unconfirmed):
    Daniele Archibugi CNR & Birkbeck, University of London Isabel Bodas-Freitas Grenoble School of Management Vitor Corado Simoes ISEG, Lisbon School of Economics and Mgmt. Jacob Edler Fraunhofer ISI José Carlos Fariñas Complutense University of Madrid Valentina de Marchi University of Padua Carlo Pietrobelli Roma Tre University Francesca Sanna-Randaccio Sapienza University of Rome Ari Van Aasche HEC Montreal Antonello Zanfei Urbino University
    Organizing Committee: Isabel Álvarez (Chair), Andrea Carrera, Antonio Biurrun, Esther Gil.

Workshop organizzato in collaborazione con il network del Progetto Europeo denominato “CatChain”.

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