Call for Papers: Udevalla Symposium Session – Smart Specialization Strategies and Regional Labor-based Preconditions

Udevalla Symposium Session – Call for Papers: Smart Specialization Strategies and Regional Labor-based Preconditions

Susanne Gretzinger, Syddansk Universitet
Gerd Grözinger, Europa-Universität Flensburg
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut Schmidt Universität

Session no VII. Towards a smart rural Europe – smart specialization and regional entrepreneurship for the 18th Uddevalla Symposium 2015 on:

Regional development in an international context – Regional, national, cross border and international factors for growth and development
June 11-13th, 2015

Venue: University of Southern Denmark, Alsion, Sønderborg, Denmark.
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 23nd, 2015

The smart specialization approach combines industrial, educational and innovation policies to support the process of regional knowledge-based investments. The idea is that countries and regions should become more sensitive of what their strengths and comparative advantages are and of how to further develop and foster this strength. As comparative advantages are to a huge extend knowledge-based investments, it is important to discuss the basic parameters of human resource management and its implications for the modern regional labor market in the context of regional smart specialization processes.

Especially when it comes to the topic of synchronizing working requirements and family life, the determinants of models of flexible work time in the process of balancing family and regional business capabilities are neglected.

We are interested in contributions to the following areas:

  • What are the specific preconditions and requirements of regional labor markets e. g. respectively labor time models?
  • What kind of approaches and models do exist to fit the regional human resource management efforts and regional labor markets?
  • What kind of resources have to be provided in order to adapt a competitive pool of regional knowledge-based capabilities to the regional labor market requirements?
  • What are the challenges from a public policy perspective?
  • How to better describe the concept of the smart workplace in the context of regional capabilities?
  • What are the determinants of a smart workplace respectively flexible work time and stressors?

Submission information abstract submission deadline: January 23rd 2015. Abstract – maximum 500 words including: Title of the abstract/paper, selected theme (give information on the special session no. VII. Towards a smart rural Europe – smart specialization and regional entrepreneurship for submission.), keywords, Name(s) and academic title of the author(s), Affiliation(s), complete mail address(es), E-mail address(es) and corresponding author send by e-mail to:

Submit the abstract using the Word 2010 version of Microsoft. We suggest naming your file “PRESENTERS NAME_Uddevalla2014.docx” to avoid confusion between abstracts. Results of the review process will be communicated to authors by approximately February 20th, 2015. Submission deadline for complete papers accepted for presentation (in Word 2013 or earlier version): May 5th, 2015.

A special issue on:
Current Issues on European Labor Markets, In: Management Revue – Socio Economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, will be organized in connection with Uddevalla Symposium. The call for papers will be distributed on the conference.

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