VIU Global Challenges Initiative
September 9-13, 2019
- Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
- Duke University, US
- University of Padua, Italy
- VIU-TeDIS Program
In cooperation with:
- Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy
- Tsinghua University, China
- Waseda University, Japan
This VIU Graduate Seminar is organized to coincide with the 20th anniversary of VIU's TeDIS Program on Innovation (previously known as TeDIS Center) which was launched in 1999. For the past 20 years, TeDIS has been proposing a specific line of research addressing the relationship between the rise of network technologies and the related models of organization of economic activities. By focusing specifically on distributed intelligence systems, TeDIS has explored such domains in three main directions: 1) manufacturing and its link with creativity; 2) consumption and its link with innovation; and 3) the geographic location of manufacturing, with an emphasis on industrial districts and local systems of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their links with globalization.
Topics of the Graduate Seminar
1. Technologies, globalization and competitiveness: it frames the scenario of new competitiveness for firms and countries related to the rise of new technologies (from digital technologies to automation, AI, 3D printing and the like) and the impacts on globalization processes and the organization of economic activities across space and actors.
2. Rethinking manufacturing and consumption: it explores the implications of automation and the technological scenario more in general on how manufacturing and consumption take place. The production and consumption perspectives will be considered with special attention to Asian countries.
3. Rethinking territories, cities, and clusters: it will debate the transformation in the processes of agglomeration of economic activities and how the concept of space – territories – changes due to new advanced technologies. Cities and clusters will receive special attention (focusing on the European and US experience), by also taking into account environmental and social sustainability.
Participants will have the opportunity to present their own research related to the topics covered by the VIU Graduate Seminar and to discuss it with speakers and researchers as well as with their peers.
Participants will also work in teams in order to further advance their knowledge on selected themes, develop original ideas and proposals during the week and present their results at the end of the Graduate Seminar.
Levels of students and suitable fields of study
This Graduate seminar is offered to both Master’s students and young researchers early in their PhD interested in exploring the theoretical and empirical impacts of technological innovation in firms, economic systems, countries or cities. Main field of studies: management, economics, sociology, political science, economic geography, design, or engineering.
Open to candidates from all the VIU Member Institutions.
Fees & Grant Support
Students from the VIU member universities will pay no participation fees. Grant support is also available to support, partially or fully, the costs of international travel and accommodation.
Excellent candidates from non-member institutions will be also considered and evaluated, although these candidates will pay fees and are not eligible for financial support.
Applicants must submit the application form, a letter of motivation – which should include a brief description of the candidate’s research project, a curriculum vitae and a photo. An optional short video of presentation will be also strongly encouraged (detailed information will be provided in the on-line application form).
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