Prospectusand Call for Papers



Resources, Routines and IndustrialDynamics in the Experimentally Organized Economy:

 A Two-Day RoundTable





Thur,Fri  24, 25 October 2002




Industryand Innovation

AarhusSchool of Business, Denmark

SocialScience Research Fund, Denmark

MacquarieGraduate School of Management, Sydney





ProfessorBo Carlsson, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

ProfessorGunnar Eliasson, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm




ProfessorPoul H. Andersen, ASB

ProfessorJohn A. Mathews, MGSM



Deadline forreceipt of Abstracts (up to 2 pages): April 30 2002



Professor Poul H. Andersen                   Professor John A. Mathews

Aarhus School of Business                 Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Aarhus, Denmark                                 Sydney, Australia                           

Themes of the Skaga RoundTable


The theme of this RoundTable is thedevelopment of a theoretically robust account of the workings of the moderneconomy, involving firms and their resources, routines and suprafirm structuressuch as competence blocs and clusters. The object is to be able to captureindustrial dynamics with these conceptual foundations, set within a concept ofthe economy that sees it as discovery-driven, or what Professor Eliasson callsthe Experimentally Organized Economy (EOE). These conceptual and theoreticalfoundations are sharply demarcated from those of conventional neoclassicalmicroeconomics. The object of the RoundTable is to explore how the framework ofthe EOE can serve as context for the experimental, simulated and empiricalinvestigation of industrial dynamics and interfirm networking, bringing to thefore processes of entrepreneurial and evolutionary dynamics. Participants willbe invited from a variety of contemporary schools of thought contributing to thedevelopment of non-mainstream economic interactive dynamics, including thoseinvolved with:


All participants will be expected toorient their contributions to the dynamics of adaptation, learning and evolutionwithin the economy as a whole, to reflect its complex, interactive andemergent character. The object of the two-day RoundTable is to promotediscussion and mutual exchange and debate between these various schools ofthought, all of which are contributing in their different ways to the creationof an alternative economics paradigm, but which largely proceed independently ofeach others’ contributions, terminology and concepts. The Convenors areconvinced that progress in displacing the current neoclassical paradigm dependson developing a framework where these various strands can talk to each other,inform each other, and build on each other. The framework of the“experimentally organized economy” developed by Eliasson and Carlsson,appears to be such a tool for communication, in its emphasis on the limitedknowledge of economic agents, combined with their ability to overcome their lackof knowledge through sustained, interactive experimentation within marketprocesses that leads to economic and industrial evolution. In this way theframework of the EOE can be expected to contribute to the building of aneconomics of the 21st century on the foundations established in the20th century by, amongst others, Schumpeter, Lachmann, Penrose andNelson & Winter.





Participation in the RoundTable will beby invitation, and limited to 50 participants. The program will be divided intoa series of sessions, structured thematically, at which two paper givers willmake a summary presentation, followed by comments from discussants, and thengeneral round-table discussion. Prior circulation of the papers will ensure thatdiscussion can proceed on the basis of the main arguments of the presentersbeing known in advance, to maximize productive exchange of views.


All participants will be acting eitheras paper presenters, or as discussants, or as both. The number of papersaccepted for presentation will be limited to 15.


Papers presented will all be consideredas being available for a special issue of the journal Industry and Innovation.The special issue, to be edited by the RoundTable convenors, is planned toappear in 2003. Papers would have to be revised and resubmitted within one monthof the RoundTable.


Deadline for receipt of Abstracts (up to 2 pages): 30April, 2002


Notification of acceptance of paper: 30May 2002.


Paper to be submitted: 30 June 2002.


Conference venue:


The Skaga Hotel is an attractive settingon the Danish North Sea coast, in the port town of Hirtshals, near Hjørring; itis one hour’s drive from the Aalborg airport. The Hotel will provide fullconference facilities, starting on the evening of Wednesday 23 October, whenparticipants will be expected to arrive. The RoundTable will end at 4.30pm onFriday 25 October.



At this stage it is anticipated that allparticipants will be charged a flat participation fee of DKK 2000 (Euro 200)– inclusive of accommodation, meals and transport to and from the Skaga Hotelto Aalborg airport. This fee will be payable in advance.


Further details:


Professor Poul H. Andersen                   Professor John A. Mathews

Aarhus School of Business                 Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Aarhus, Denmark                                 Sydney, Australia