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Call for papers

csapi.vivien Tue, 07/26/2016 - 14:49

You are kindly invited to submit papers for presentation at the

International Conference on University-Based Entrepreneurship and Regional Development: Theory, Empirics and Practical Implementation (ICUBERD) to be held at the University of Pécs, Faculty of Business and Economics, Pécs, Hungary, between the November 30th and December 1st, 2017.



Entrepreneurial activities either commercial or non-commercial ones are crucial drivers of both the economic and the social development of a region. Universities, as the sources of innovative ideas and new discoveries should take a leading role in initializing, catalyzing, and coordinating such activities to strengthen the regional innovation system and to integrate the stakeholders of the region into a wider international innovation system. By taking the lead in this process universities should solve socio-economic problems that have the potential of helping communities in the region and also around the world. Those institutions that choose to be initiators, catalysts and coordinators of their regional innovation system should make changes on multiple domains, most importantly in the mindset of the stakeholders of the innovation system. How it can be pursued and what are the pitfalls of such a process is still to be discovered, debated and resolved. The conference aims to address two important domains: how to drive and manage a process of institutional transformation towards a more entrepreneurial model, and how university-based ecosystems can be nurtured in cultural, economic and socio-political environments that may not be naturally conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation.


Abstract/Paper/Poster Submission

Papers will be presented at the conference in a thematic session. Posters will be shown during a poster session. Prospective authors are kindly invited to submit abstract and/or full paper for presentation that shall be written and presented in English. The abstract should be no longer than 3,000 characters including spaces and should present the purpose of the research, the relevance of the problem, the methods, the main findings, and 5 to 7 keywords.  Papers should have the following structure: introduction, literature review and conceptualization, methodology, results, and conclusion. The text should be 10-15 pages, 27,000-36,000 characters Times New Roman 12, single spacing. All articles must be submitted online , and peer review is managed fully electronically. Accepted abstracts, papers and posters will be published in the conference proceedings and further evaluated for possible submission to the special issue of The Hungarian Journal of Marketing and Management.

Simonyi BEDC

“We are a self-sustaining, university driven entrepreneurship ecosystem that allows the interaction of all actors of the socio-economic environment of the region interwoven with the international economic centers of gravity through our communities of practice.”

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As a key drivers of regional economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship attract substantial attention in research and policy. With the establishment of the Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center (RIERC) at the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) of the University of Pécs the aim is to increase synergies among research groups at FBE and to provide a joint platform for research in regional innovation and entrepreneurship. RIERC conducts research in regional innovation (knowledge network analysis, agent-based innovation modeling, spatial econometric studies, university-industry relations), entrepreneurship (Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index – REDI, small business competitiveness, university spin-offs), development policy impact modeling (Geographic Macro and Regional (GMR)-type models) and applies research results in concrete regional development policy analyses. Established in 2015 RIERC succeeds the Center for Research in Economic Policy (GKK) at FBE.

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MTA-PTE Innovation and Economic Growth Research Group

The research group focuses on one of the highly critical yet least understood areas of the Hungarian innovation system that is innovation co-operations and entrepreneurship. The traditional tools provide insufficient ground for a deeper understanding of these areas, and they do not support the investigation of the relationship between innovation and economic growth either. The research carried out by the group analyses the complex system of relationships between innovation co-operations, entrepreneurship and economic growth on the basis of the latest methodological tools developed in the international literature that include – among others – agent-based simulation, Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) and Geographic Macro and Regional (GMR) modelling. This variety of approaches ensures more thorough understanding of the topic that enables sensitivity testing of economic growth against tools of innovation policy and development of scenarios for economic policy