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The Second Annual Max Planck - IISc International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth

Organized by the
Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
25 - 27 October 2007, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


Theme and call for papers

ntrepreneurship and innovation have been recognized as major determinants of economic growth in most developed countries. Increased entrepreneurial activity and innovation have resulted in an environment of sustained economic growth and controlled unemployment in North America over the last twenty years. Academic researchers and policy makers in Europe as well as Asia are realizing the potential of entrepreneurship to improve growth rates and reverse the increasing levels of unemployment. This joint conference aims to bring together work on sources of entrepreneurship, the challenges in enabling and sustaining entrepreneurship and innovation, and issues in entrepreneurship culture. There shall also be special sessions on entrepreneurial situation in Europe and Asia.

The conference will address the following topics:

  • Knowledge sources of entrepreneurship (e.g. from science, employees or users)
  • Human capital challenges for enabling and sustaining entrepreneurial activity and innovation
  • Issues in entrepreneurship culture
  • Assessment of the spatial distribution and local clustering of innovative entrepreneurship and analysis of its impact on economic performance
  • Assessment of differences and similarities between Europe and Asia in the industrial structure of entrepreneurship and its impact on regional and national economic performance
  • Assessment of entrepreneurship and innovation policies in Europe and Asia

We invite papers that deal with these issues.

Paper submission

Scholars who aim to participate at this conference are invited to submit a full paper by July 15, 2007.
Please submit the paper in electronic form to: [email protected]

For up-to-date information please check www.econ.mpg.de/events/indo-german.html, or contact the organizers.

Travel and accomodation

I. For participants whose papers have been accepted for presentation


The organizing institutes shall arrange accommodation for paper presenters at the Guest Houses of the Indian Institute of Science and at hotels close to the Indian Institute of Science Campus. If your paper is accepted and you wish to organize accommodation on your own, please inform the organizers.


The organizing institutes are in a position to cover the travel expenses of invited speakers and only a selected number of paper presenters.

II. For doctoral students and research scholars

Please note that we have limited grants that cover travel and accommodation. Register on this website and send a brief CV with research interests to by 1 September 2007. We would be able to inform you if we are able to cover your costs by 15 September 2007.

Invited speakers

Policy Makers

  • Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dy. Chairman Planning Commission of India (invited)
  • Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (invited)


  • Prof. Zoltan Acs, George Mason University (accepted)
  • Prof. Rajshree Agarwal, University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne (accepted)
  • Prof. David Audretsch, Max Planck Institute of Economics (accepted)
  • Prof. Kaliappa Kalirajan, GRIPS, Tokyo (accepted)
  • Prof. Steven Klepper, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh (invited)
  • Prof. Franco Malerba, University of L. Bocconi, Milan (invited)
  • Prof. Simon Parker, University of Durham, Durham (accepted)

Entrepeneurs, CEOs

  • Dr. Albert Hieronimus, Managing Director, MICO - Bosch India

Scientific Committee

Rajshree Agarwal, University of Illinois, US
David B. Audretsch, MPI Jena, DE
Abdul Aziz, ISEC Bangalore, IN
Kaliappa Kalirajan, GRIPS Tokyo, JP
Max Keilbach, MPI Jena, DE
Steven Klepper, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, US
T. Krishna Kumar, IIM Bangalore, IN
Simon Parker, University of Durham, UK
M. H. Bala Subrahmanya, IISc Bangalore, IN
Jagannadha P. Tamvada, MPI Jena, DE

Conference official web site

Please check the conference official web site for updates and further details.


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