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Networks in changing business ecosystems - 3rd International Symposium

Thursday, 07 March 2019


Symposium Theme

Understanding how firms and other stakeholders cooperate and exploit networks and networked resources are at the core of the agenda of this research symposium.

Increasingly, owning resources appears to be less relevant to contemporary organisations than having access to resourceful networks.

Today, businesses need to take into account the interplay between local activities in regional clusters and those embedded in global value chains. Their various value creation activities may follow different organisational principles. Exchange modes may vary between market, hierarchy and cooperative governance forms. The notion of cultivating and accessing resourceful networks is thus significant.

Business activities may extend beyond the focal firm and into a dynamic relational space which connects stakeholders, other firms and industry participants in changing eco-systems.

The organisers of the research symposium aim to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to share knowledge and insights into the topic of networks in changing business environments. Building on this interdisciplinary exchange, we seek to establish a broad cooperative research agenda about the contemporary role of businesses in an increasingly networked world.

Call for Contributions

Abstracts and proposals (approx. 500 words) relating to the symposium theme networks in changing business environments are invited. Please include author affiliations and contact details of corresponding author.

Deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals 15 June 2019 - (early submissions are welcome) Dr Jalleh Sharafizad

Invited Topics

We are interested in developing and deepening knowledge and understanding about networks in business ecosystems. We would like to encourage contributions from a wide range of multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches.

We invite papers and proposals from researchers and practitioners in any of the following topics or related areas:

  • Business networks
  • Business networking strategies
  • Business ecosystems
  • Firm resources, strategy and networks
  • Disruptive business models and networks
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Small businesses in networks
  • Cross-border clusters and networks
  • Public policy in regional networks
  • Network and cluster governance
  • Best/worst practice cases
  • Innovation networks and open innovation
  • Regional resources/locational advantage
  • The role of stakeholders
  • Social entrepreneurship and participation
  • Supply chains
  • Global value chains

Event Details

Date: 15 July  2019 (2pm start) - 16 July 2019 (5pm finish)
Venue: ECU Joondalup Campus, JO 34.546
RSVP: Dr Jalleh Sharafizad

The symposium will be a combination of keynote speeches, paper presentations and highly interactive sessions. There is no symposium fee but participants pay for own transport, accommodation and meals.

For more information, email Professor Kerry Brown

Organising Team

Prof. Kerry Brown, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Dr. Jalleh Sharafizad, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Prof. Susanne Royer, EUF, Germany
Prof. John Burgess, RMIT Uni, Australia.
A/Prof. Susanne Gretzinger, SDU, Denmark
A/Prof. Mads Bruun Ingstrup, SDU, Denmark


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