Padova Extension:
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Invention Networks

Wednesday, June 8th & Thursday, June 9th 


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Fiorenza Belussi
University of Padua
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Silvia Rita Sedita
University of Padua
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Andrea Furlan
University of Padova


University of Padova

The University of Padua is a premier Italian university located in the city of Padua, Italy. The University of Padua was founded in 1222 as a school of law and was one of the most prominent universities in early modern Europe.

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An important stream of managerial literature on innovation has emphasized the role of knowledge recombination as one of the most important sources of technological novelty (Weitzman, 1998; Strumsky et al., 2012; Youn et al., 2014). Important knowledge flows (Strumsky et al., 2011) are activated by networks of inventors that recombine their already existing knowledge, at different scale level. Technological innovation is becoming more and more a “collective phenomenon” that involves not only numerous firms and organizations, but also a variety of inventors (Allen, 1983; Powell and Giannella, 2010) belonging to different organizations which are in coopetion (Dagnino, 2007). Business studies, economic geography, and regional science have an established tradition in studying the importance of geographic proximity for innovation and the formation of inventive networks. Moreover, knowledge creation is also supported by the entrepreneurial dynamics in high knowledge sectors, specifically in two main domains: high-tech manufacturing and knowledge-intensive services (KIBS), where we could observe the rise of new firms. Another important path for understanding knowledge entrepreneurial dynamics is the creation of spin-off from both universities and existing firms (Winter, 2011; Weeks and Galunic 2003). Where does the spin-off idea originate, how it develops and transforms over time, how beliefs, assumptions and heuristics changes over time, how they are absorbed by the other members of the new firm, and how do they approach the market?

The discussion among speakers and presenters will animate the following thematic issues:

1) Assessing the relative importance of reusing, recombining and creating technologies in the process of invention

2) The spatial dimension of invention networks between scale effects and urban connectivity.

3) The emerging business models of knowledge intensive entrepreneurship and spin-offs

4) The evolution of the start-up phenomena, the role of business incubators and crowdfunding platforms, including also venture capitals and TTOs.

Hotel Information

Below please find information on suggested hotels, all within walking distance of the extension:

Hotel Donatello****
Tel. 049 8750634
Via del Santo 102/104

Located in front of “Basilica del Santo”, and a 3 minute walk from the Department of Economics and Management

Single Room: 103 Euro per night (breakfast included)
Double Room: 166 Euro per night (breakfast included)

Hotel Majestic Toscanelli****
Tel. 049 663244
Piazzetta dell’Arco 2

Located in the middle of historical center - 5 minute walk from the Department of Economics and Management

Single Room: 96 Euro per night (breakfast included)
Double Room: 130 Euro per night (breakfast included)

Hotel Al Santo***
Via del Santo 147
Tel 049 8752131

Located within a 2 minute walk from the Department of Economics and Management

Single Room: 65 Euro per night (breakfast included)
Double Room: 75 Euro per night (breakfast included)


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Michelle Gittelman
Rutgers University
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Maureen McKelvey
University of Gothenburg
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Deborah Strumsky
Arizona State University