Ljubljana & Blend – May 15th -17th 2008
How collective management of IPRs, open innovation models, and digital communities shape the industrial dynamics in the XXI century.
The track, hosted within the EURAM Conference 2008 (http://www.euram2008.org), focuses on how digital commons (DC) create value through open ways of managing knowledge and innovation. We encourage the submission of papers addressing how open accessibility, mainly through digital networks, is affecting economic activities.
In recent years, information has become a primary wealth-creating asset, while technological developments have transformed the production process from physically-based to knowledge-based. As a consequence, the management of technology and knowledge are key factors to compete on the markets.
Following this path, new ways of managing IPRs that foster instead of limit the access to information (Benkler, 2006), have emerged as reliable business opportunities for firms in different sectors (software, biotechnologies, pharmaceutical, media, industrial design). Moreover, the creativity and competitiveness of companies are benefiting from open production and innovation methods (Chesbrough, 2003; von Hippel, 2005), relying on an emergent division of labour, collective ownership of intellectual properties, and information sharing in on-line communities. Leading examples of these new trends are the success of Free/Open Source (FOSS) solutions; the increasing usage of Creative Commons Licenses; the phenomenal success of the on-line encyclopaedia Wikipedia and, more generally, the flourishing of user generated contents.
This track aims at contributing to the research agenda on the economic exploitation of digital commons, dealing with intriguing research questions as:
Extended abstracts will be considered, but a preference will be given to full papers. We invite well-crafted papers contributing original ideas on different sectors as software, biotechnology, media, pharmaceutical, and industrial design. All submissions will receive a double blind review process.
A non-exhaustive list of themes is as follows:
We are making arrangements for a Special Issue of an International Journal and are planning to invite two keynote speakers among the most important scholars in the field.
Cristina Rossi, Politecnico di Milano, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorenzo Benussi, University of Turin, email@example.com
Jean Michel Dalle, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors should submit their potential contribution to this EURAM track by 27 January 2008 24:00 (CET) through the conference Web site (see http://www.euram2008.org/CallForPapers.asp)
Decisions of paper acceptance will be made by FEBRUARY 22TH 2008
Cristina Rossi, Ph.D.
Politecnico di Milano
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale
P.za L. da Vinci, 32
Tel. +39 02 2399 3972
Fax +39 02 2399 2710