CFP: Conference on Social Innovation, Twente

On the Annual INSCOPE Conference 2011:

Key-note: Prof. Shaker A. Zahra (University of Minnesota)

Panel discussion with:

Prof. Steven Walsh (University of Twente)
Prof. Jonathan Linton (University of Ottawa)
Prof. Benson Honig (DeGroote School of Business)

Location: University of Twente, October 12, 2011
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The research group of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of IGS (Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies) of the University of Twente is since last year a partner in INSCOPE. Nikos the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship, forms a large part of this IGS research group and exists 10 years. In the week of the 10th of the 10th, 2011 we are celebrating this occasion (see and invite you to celebrate this with us on 12th of October at the INSCOPE annual conference on Social Innovation.

Key note speaker will be Shaker A. Zahra, the 3 TU-professor of International Entrepreneurship at Nikos, and Shaker is the Department Chair, Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy & Organization in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he is also the Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Center. The provisional title for his key note is: “Global Technological Developments and Social Innovation”

The contribution of Twente research to INSCOPE focuses on the role technology based innovation and entrepreneurship in social innovation. On this topic we will organize a panel discussion on the results of this research and development of the research agenda. In this panel Steven Walsh, KvK/Civi professor on renewal of industry at Nikos and Walsh is the Black Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management and serves as the director of the Technology Entrepreneurship Program and the co-director of the Management of Technology program. Jonathan Linton, Power corporation professor at the University of Ottawa, and chief editor of Technovation, and Benson Honig, Professor, Organizational Behaviour, Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership will discuss on the research agenda. Furthermore, Kees Eijkel, director of Kennispark Twente will discuss the development potential of an innovation ecosystem for a region with Bart van Looy professor of entrepreneurship at KU Leuven and in the organizing innovation research subgroup at IGS and Rob van Lambalgen executive director of Venture Lab Twente and former director of Innovation Platform Twente.

In 6 sessions we will organize the possibility for you to present your research. The six sessions are;

· Flexible organizational forms;
How do various flexible organizational forms and restructuring enable social innovation? And how do flexible organizational forms enhance competitiveness and productivity? The focus is especially on how organizations can increase the velocity of internal change, optimize self-organization and synchronize advanced levels of efficiency and productivity with investment in creation of new opportunities.
Theme coordinator: Prof.dr. Justin Jansen
· Dynamic management capabilities;
What kind of managerial capabilities should an organization develop to increase competitiveness and productivity and how should they do it? The focus is especially on profound domain expertise, broad management experience regarding various managerial roles and leadership styles, knowledge absorption capacity, entrepreneurial attitude and the ability for higher order learning.
Theme coordinator: Prof.dr. Frans Van den Bosch
· Development of human capital;
How can human and social capital grow within education and the firm? How can knowledge and skills of individual employees be maintained and developed? The focus is on the development of human capital in schools and the connection between initial education and the skill demands in the labour market and the best way to address any skill gaps through formal and informal modes of lifelong learning.
Theme coordinator: Prof.dr. Andries de Grip
· Learning alliances and open innovation;
How should managers balance strong and weak ties in globalization networks? How should entrepreneurs collaborate in alliances and cope with dynamically changing virtual organizations?
Theme coordinators: Prof.dr. Aard Groen
· Management of Institutional Stakeholders;
Which actors at a regional, national, European and international level affect the determinants of social innovation? How can mutual relationships affect and reinforce social innovation? What are best practices of stakeholder management?
Theme coordinator: Dr. Fietje Vaas.
· Monitoring of social innovation;
What are the current strengths and weaknesses of Dutch organizations regarding social innovation? How can organizations involve producer, user and community involvement? What are the social-cultural aspects of adoption of innovation and methods to forecast and improve adoption? What methods release the creative and innovative powers of staff?
Theme coordinator: Dr. Fietje Vaas.

There is a possibility that selected papers will be asked to go into a review process for several special issues. The special issues include at least Technovation and Management & Organisatie (Dutch). Check the website for developments on the topic(s) and journal(s).

Questions relating a certain theme can be asked to the specific theme coordinator. Papers can be submitted to Kevin Heij MScBA by email ( or by postal service: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Room T11-49, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Please mention in your email or letter that you submit your paper for the annual INSCOPE Conference and mention to which of the six themes your paper belongs.