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IMP Symposium 2016 - Making sense of the interactive business world

Theme 2

Call for papers to Workshop 2

IMP research – Policy making in an interactive business world

Uppsala, 26-28th of May 2015,

The studies carried out in the IMP setting have started out from interaction among two or more counterparts and have focused on how interaction processes, relationships, and networks influences the behaviour of each single firm; its daily operations and its development. As a natural development, there are quite a number of studies that have dealt with extended business networks rather than with dyads or limited network relationships. These studies have clearly shown what some other scholars suggested, that business network structures have important and interesting consequences for society at large and raise a number of new economic policy issues. For example, studies of innovations and regional or national innovation policies, and studies of logistics and distribution networks, offer interesting insights into transnational business network structures and the consequences that these have for the economic development and policy in the context of a particular country. For instance, these studies have shown how network structures affect location of production units, the commercialisation of research, and the distribution of costs and gains across industrial sectors, regions and organizations.

While various forms of network structures appear to be praised and presented in the economic debate as largely positive phenomena, in the IMP approach interaction and networks have consequences which have both bright and dark sides. Many IMP studies have also produced more balanced views of the implications of these emerging and increasingly dominant business network structures for various stakeholders. Furthermore, several studies have observed largely unanticipated and problematic aspects of network structures that have rarely been raised in the economic policy debate or addressed as issues that may require regulatory interventions or re-balancing.

Since we strongly believe this topic will become more and more important we invite all types of contributions in this area. We expect at least two types of contributions here: One is studies that examine various aspects of network structures that have or may have severe implications for the broader policy, such as overall distribution of power and wealth in society, economic growth or renewal capabilities and economic and environmental sustainability that may have implications for economic policy. Another type of contributions that we expect is studies focusing on various areas of public – private interests and intersection on topics such as in regional development, innovation support, new business and industrial development support, and in health care provision. The latter studies would produce interesting contributions from studies of phenomena that are increasingly emphasized as areas of ambitious political interventions and search for adequate economic policies, better organizing models and improved capabilities to carry out complex improvement projects.