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Regional and National Innovation Systems for Development, Competitiveness and Welfare:
the Government-Academia-Industry Partnership (theory, problems, practice and prospects)
Saratov, Volga Region, Russia, September 19-23, 2007
GLOBELICS (Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems) is an international network of scholars who apply the concept of "learning, innovation, and competence building system" (LICS) as their analytical framework. The research aims at locating unique systemic features as well as generic good practices to enlighten policy making relating to, industry, innovation, international competitiveness, regional development, labour market and human capital development. In an increasingly global and knowledge-based competition, management strategies need to be based upon an understanding of these framework conditions and public policies.

GLOBELICS has regional chapters in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Apart from providing training for PhD scholars through the Academy at Lisbon and Tampere GLOBELICS organizes annual conferences. Hitherto four such conferences have been organized. The first GLOBELICS conference (2003), Rio de Janeiro, was followed by the second conference at Beijing (2004), the third conference was held in Pretoria (2005) and the fourth in Trivandrum (2006). All four conferences were attended by leading scholars in the field from the developed and developing worlds.

Globelics 2007 will be in Russia during the last decade of September 2007.
The transformation of Russia from a centrally planned economy to a market economy has proved to be more difficult than was expected by most experts outside and inside the country. A specific problem has been the difficulty to develop appropriate institutional arrangements to convert the knowledge capital (the highly educated population, scientific institutions and technical infrastructures) of the soviet era into a lever of innovation in the enterprise sector.
In a context of intense global competition it is fundamental to find ways both to mobilize science for economic development in Russia and to find ways to vitalize innovation at the level of specific firms and industries. The regional and federal governments and industries in Russia can learn from others’ experience to address the challenges of heightened international competition. GLOBELICS 2007 will provide an opportunity for Russia’s corporate and academic sectors to interact with leading economists and management scholars.

Important Dates !
Deadline for abstracts May 1 , 2007.
Accepted paper authors will be informed by May 20, 2007.
Deadline for full papers July 20, 2007.
Russian entry visa Application should be sent not later than 10 June, 2007.