Complexity, Knowledge Flows and Innovation Systems

Sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Research Centers Seibersdorf

July 1-4, 2000

Hotel Regina, Rooseveltplatz 15, A-1096 Vienna, Austria


In recent years, there has been growing scientific interest in the research triangle knowledge, complexity and innovation systems. Therefore, the Division of Systems Research Technology-Economy-Environment of the Austrian Research Centers Seibersdorf organized an international workshop on

Knowledge, Complexity and Innovations Systems.

This workshop was held in in co-operation with the Department of Economic Geography & Geoinformatics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, July 1-4, 2000. This was the third symposium in preparation for the ZiF research year 2000/2001. The objective of this workshop was to bring together leading scholars in a stimulating environment to discuss current developments and challenges. The output of the workshop was published by Springer and presented in Bielefeld in 2001. The participation is restricted to invited speakers, organisers, and the co-ordinators of the research groups of ZiF 2000/2001.


Friday, 30-Jun-2000

Afternoon Arrival of delegates at Hotel Regina
19.00 Welcoming Reception by the Workshop Organizers


Saturday, 01-Jul-2000

08.30 - 09.00 Words of Welcome & Introduction
Session The Systems of Innovation Concept
Chair: Manfred M. Fischer
(Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration)
09.00 - 09.45 Paolo SAVIOTTI (Université Pierre Mendés, Grenoble):
Networks, National Innovation Systems and Self-Organization
09.45 - 10.30 Charles EDQUIST, Gareth REES (Linköping University):
Learning Regions and Cities: Knowledge, Learning and Regional Innovation Systems: A Conceptual Framework
10.30 - 10.45 - Coffee break -
10.45 - 11.30 Folke SNICKARS (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Manfred M. FISCHER (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration), Javier REVILLA DIEZ (University of Hannover):
Network Theory and Metropolitan Innovation Systems
11.30 - 12.15 Daniele ARCHIBUGI (Italian National Research Council):
The Globalisation of Technology and the European Innovation System
12.15 - 12.30 General discussion
12.30 - 13.30 - Lunch -
Session Knowledge Creation and Spillovers
Chair: Josef Fröhlich
13.30 - 14.15 Arnaud LANGENDIJK (University of Nijmegen):
Scaling Knowledge Production: How significant is the Region?
14.15 - 15.00 Elsie ECHEVERRI-CARROLL (Business School The University of Texas, Austin):
Knowledge Spillovers in High-Technology Agglomerations: Measurement and Modeling
15.00 - 15.15 - Coffee break -
15.15 - 16.00 Manfred M. FISCHER, Attila VARGA (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration), Josef FRÖHLICH, Helmut Gassler (Austrian Research Centers Seibersdorf):
The Role of Space in the Creation of Knowledge in Austria
16.00 - 16.45 Charlie KARLSSON, Agostino MANDUCHI (Jönköping International Business School):
Knowledge Spillovers in a Spatial Context - A Critical Review and Assessment
16.45 - 17.30 Summary report [Attila Varga] & general discussion
  - Dinner hosted by the Mayor of the City of Vienna -


Sunday, 02-Jul-2000

Session Knowledge, Innovation and Learning Processes
Chair: Charles Edquist
08.30 - 09.15 Luis SUAREZ-VILLA (University of California, Irvine):
Inventive Knowledge and the Sourcing of New Technology: Regional Changes in the United States' Innovative Capacity and Contributing Factors
09.15 - 10.00 Roberta CAPELLO (Polittecnico di Milano):
Urban Innovation and Collective Learning: Theory and Evidence from Five Metropolitan Cities in Europe
10.00 - 10.15 - Coffee break -
10.15 - 11.00 Neil ALDERMAN (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle):
Distributed Knowledge in Complex Engineering Project Networks: Implications for Regional Innovation Systems
11.00 - 11.45 Zoltan ACS (University of Baltimore):
Endogenous Technical Change, Entrepreneurship and Regional Growth
11.45 - 12.30 General discussion
12.30 - 13.30 - Lunch -
Session Modelling Efforts
Chair: Peter Nijkamp
13.30 - 14.15 Dimitros DENDRINOS (University of Kansas):
Options, Innovation and Metropolitan Development
14.15 - 15.00 Frank SCHWEITZER (GMD Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems, Germany):
Communication and Self-Organization in Complex Systems: A Basic Approach
15.00 - 15.15 - Coffee break -
15.15 - 16.00 David F. BATTEN (The Temaplan Group, Australia):
Agents, Interactions, and Co-Evolutionary Learning
16.00 - 16.45 Günter HAAG (Steinbeis Transfer Centre for Applied Systems Analysis, Stuttgart):
Modelling of Knowledge, Capital Formation, and Innovation Behaviour within Micro-Based Profit Oriented and Correlated Decision Processes
16.45 - 17.30 Michael SONIS (Bar-Ilan University, Israel):
Major Actors of Innovation Diffusion Process
17.30 - 18.15 Summary report [Helmut Gassler] & general discussion
  - Heuriger Taverne -


Monday, 03-Jul-2000

Session Policy Issues
Chair: Folke Snickars
08.30 - 09.15 Peter NIJKAMP, Jacques POOT, Gabriella VINDIGNI (Free University Amsterdam):
Spatial Dynamics and the Government: An Artificial Intelligence Approach for Comparing Complex Systems
09.15 - 10.00 Dirk ENGEL, Andreas FIER (Center of European Economic Research):
Determinants of the Regional Distribution of the High-Tech Start-Ups in Eastern Germany
10.00 - 10.15 - Coffee break -
Session Concluding session
10.15 - 12.30 General discussion, conclusions and outlook
12.30 - Lunch -
Afternoon Departure of delegates


Tuesday, 04-Jul-2000

Session >Round Table - Perspectives of Complexity Research "ZiF 2000"
Chair: Ludwig Streit
08.30 - 12.00 This round table is devoted to the organisation of the research year on "The Sciences of Complexity: From Mathematics to Technology to a Sustainable World"
Organisers of the research year and co-ordinators of the 8 research groups (Participation of project members and other interested parties is welcome.)
12.00 - 13.30 - Lunch -
13.30 - 15.00 continued
Afternoon Departure of participants