Past Conferences

Munich Summer Institute 2018

On June 4-6 at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Munich Summer Institute (MSI) 2018 entered its third year of existence, and did so together with 119 attendees united by their interest on interdisciplinary research in the broader field of innovation. Embedded in a diverse and interesting program of 18 paper presentations and discussions as well as a record of 31 poster slams in total, each conference day also entailed a key note speech addressing the research topic of the respective event day.

Since its initiation back in 2016, MSI aims to facilitate networking within the research community, therefore fostering the international exchange of ideas and to inspire for new projects. Following this idea, the conference is set up as a joint project organized by the Center for Law & Economics of ETH Zurich (Stefan Bechtold), the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition (Dietmar Harhoff), the Chair for Technology and Innovation Management of TUM (Joachim Henkel) and the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization of LMU (Jörg Claussen and Tobias Kretschmer). Offering different approaches on the topic of innovation research, each of the three event days is organized by one or two of the participating chairs and thus represents a certain core research field.

After starting the conference with a short opening statement, day one of this years’ MSI (chairs: Jörg Claussen and Tobias Kretschmer) covered innovation-related topics on strategy, digitization and organization with one of the highlights being the keynote speech of Joel Waldfogel (“Digital Renaissance”). Co-chaired by Dietmar Harhoff and Joachim Henkel, day two of the conference focused on the subject of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as on regulatory aspects and the financing of innovation. Keynote speaker Ashish Arora presented interesting insights on “The Evolution of Corporate Research in America and Implications for Innovation and Entrepreneurship”. Last but not least, event day three (chaired by Stefan Bechtold) offered interesting insights into patent law and copyright-related research in innovation management, including an intriguing keynote speech by Luis Cabral (“Standing on the Shoulders of Dwarfs: Dominant Firms and Innovative Incentives”).

On behalf of all organizing parties involved, we thank all speakers, discussants and attendants for a truly outstanding MSI conference 2018 and are very looking forward to next years’ Munich Summer Institute 2019, which will take place 17 – 19 June 2019!

Please find here the program of Munich Summer Institute 2018.

Munich Summer Institute 2017

A total of 18 paper presentations, 26 poster slams, three key note speeches and summer-like temperatures – these were the ingredients for a highly successful second Munich Summer Institute from 29 – 31 May in Munich. Around 80 internationally recognized researchers traveled to the Bavarian capital to spend three days discussing recent developments and challenges of the interdisciplinary research field of innovation. MSI aims to foster international exchange of the research community and to inspire for new projects.

As in the previous year, MSI was jointly organized by the  Center for Law & Economics of ETH Zurich (Stefan Bechtold), the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition (Dietmar Harhoff) and the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization of LMU (Jörg Claussen and Tobias Kretschmer). Each day the program represented the organizers’ respective core research field. Hence, the presentations and poster slams covered topics like strategies and competition mechanisms in technology markets as well as newest findings from entrepreneurship, patent law and innovation research.

We were delighted to welcome our three keynote speakers Aija Leiponen from Cornell University (“The (unfulfilled) Promise of Data Marketplaces”), Mirjam van Praag from Copenhagen Business School (“Women”) as well as Michael Frakes from Duke University (“Procrastination in the Workplace: Evidence from the U.S. Patent Office”).

Many thanks to all contributors for an outstanding conference! We are very looking forward to Munich Summer Institute 2018, which will take place 4 – 6 June 2018.

Please find here the MSI Program 2017.

Munich Summer Institute 2016

The Munich Summer Institute is a newly established annual conference aimed at stimulating a rigorous in-depth discussion of cutting-edge research and establishing a focal point for the interdisciplinary international research community in the broader field of innovation. The Munich Summer Institute allocates 45-minute time slots (including a discussant) to each paper, runs a single plenary track instead of parallel sessions to maintain the focus of conference participants, and provides a space for promising new ideas through short poster slam pitches that serve as teasers for the subsequent poster session.

The first annual conference took place June 20-22, 2016 and about 80 researchers in economics, law, management and related fields at all stages of their careers (from PhD students to full professors) attended the three-day conference as presenters, discussants or attendants. The conference took place in the historic building of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition (MPI-IC) and the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich co-hosted the conference. The conference was primarily financed by a Sapere Aude Grant awarded by the Danish Council for Independent Research, with additional funding provided by the three hosts.

The presentations focused on three specific research areas: On the first day, the talks centered around the topics “Digitization, Strategy and Organization” (chairs: Tobias Kretschmer and Jörg Claussen from ISTO). On the second day, the focus was on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (chair: Dietmar Harhoff from MPI-IC). Finally, contributions to the “Law & Economics of Innovation” (chair: Stefan Bechtold from ETH Zurich) were discussed on Wednesday. The program consisted of 18 paper presentations with discussants, 22 poster slams as well as three keynote speeches. Chris Forman (Georgia Institute of Technology) gave the first keynote speech on “The Agglomeration of Invention in the Bay Area”. The second keynote speech on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Market for Patents” was delivered by Rosemary Ziedonis (Boston University). The final keynote speech about “The Past, Present and Future of Software IP Protection” was held by Pamela Samuelson (UC Berkeley) on Day 3.

Between sessions, participants could exchange ideas over coffee and snacks. To give participants the opportunity to experience the beautiful city center of Munich, two tours which, among other sights, included the highlights Marienplatz and the standing surfer wave at the “Eisbach”, were organized for Monday and Tuesday. Monday concluded with a barbecue in the courtyard of MPI-IC. On Tuesday evening, the participants first watched the European Championship game between Germany and Northern Ireland before heading to the popular Hofbräuhaus where Shane Greenstein (Harvard Business School) held a dinner speech on “How the Internet Became Commercial”.

Everyone enjoyed three inspiring days filled with vivid discussions along with an entertaining framework program. The Munich Summer Institute 2016 was a resounding success and we look forward to the next conference, scheduled to take place May 29-31, 2017.

For more information about the MSI 2016, have a look into the MSI Program 2016.