Mon, 13 Dec | ZOOM


Richard Nelson in conversation with Franco Malerba

Time & Location

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13 Dec, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm GMT

About the Event

The 'IN CONVERSATION' series portrays prominent innovation scholars of the day in the form of intellectual-biographical interviews with other senior scholars. 

In the first event Professor Richard Nelson will be interviewed by Professor Franco Malerba (on 13 December). Subsequently Mariana Mazzucato will be spoken to by Giovanni, Giovanni by Sidney Winter, Sid by Giovanni, Carlota Perez by Raphie Kaplinskey and so on. Several major innovation scholars have agreed to join the series.

Structure of the program (2 hours split up as follows)

i. Introduction by Franco (5 minutes) followed by a conversation between them as followsii. Formative years and major influences - (10 minutes) iii. Contributions, Critique and weakness, Current work & future course - (35 minutes): starting from the important contributions of Professor Nelson, evolving towards a critical evaluation of his works. Then moving on to discussions on what next given the changing circumstances, how the theoretical contributions are relevant in current circumstances etc. Nelson and Franco can shape it the way they want it to be! It is a platform to convey what they want future generations to take from Nelson and how they can further develop standing on the strong base that was created by Nelson. iv. Comment on Status of Innovation Economics and what next? - (10 minutes) v. Discussion (1 hour): For the 1 hour discussion a panel of scholars will ask one question each. After Nelson's response to them the forum will be open for questions from the general audience. Nelson will receive all the questions (except the extempore ones from the floor) in advance. Professor Richard Nelson is currently the George Blumenthal Professor Emeritus of International and Public Affairs, Business, and Law, and the director of the Program on Science, Technology and Global Development at Columbia's The Earth Institute. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester. He has served as research economist and analyst at the Rand Corporation, and at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. His central interests have been in long-run economic change. Much of his research has been directed toward understanding technological change, how economic institutions and public policies influence the evolution of technology, and how technological change in turn induces institutional and economic change more broadly. Along with Sidney Winter, he has pioneered in trying to develop a way of economic theorizing that recognizes explicitly that the economy is almost always undergoing change, most of it unpredictable, and that theories that assume that economic agents understand well the context in which they are operating, and that the system is in equilibrium, are inadequate for analysis of many important economic questions. His book with Winter, An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change is widely recognized as a landmark in this field. More about Nelson: Professor Franco Malerba is Full Professor of  Applied Economics. President of ICRIOS, Bocconi University. Editor of the Journal Industrial and Corporate Change. Advisory editor of Research Policy. Associate editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.  He has been President of EARIE (European Association of Research in Industrial Economics) and of the International Schumpeter Society. He has been in the Advisory Board of Max Planck Institute of Economics-Jena; SPRU- Sussex University;  CRIC- Manchester University;  EU High-Level Panels for “New Innovation Indicators for Europe” and  for  “A New European Innovation Policy”. He has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Economics, CEPR and SIEPR, Stanford University; Max Plank Institute-Jena; University of Queensland; University of Stellenbosch and Louis Pasteur University- Strasbourg. Winner of the Schumpeter Prize in 2012. More about Franco: 

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