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The Role of Social Networks in Innovation Hubs: What Research is Revealing

2015-10-2116:30 to 18:00 Inghesalen, Tomtebodavägen 18A, KI campus Solna (in the Widerströmska building)Campus SolnaUBE - Unit for Bioentrepreneurship

UBE invites you to a seminar with Professor Mary Walshok, UCSD, on the topic of what research reveals about the role of social networks in innovation hubs. The seminar is moderated by Professor Carl Johan Sundberg, Unit for Bioentrepreneurship.

As more and more regions and institutions focus on the need to increase innovation capacity, the importance of social and cultural sectors has moved center stage. Trust, collaboration, knowledge flows and cross functional teams appear to accelerate innovation outcomes. What enables development of the social networks which assure this happens and who the key nodes in regional networks are varies place to place. This presentation will compare how social networks work in different regional contexts, drawing on case studies in Walshok’s recent co-edited volume, “The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness.”

Mary Walshok, Ph.D. is an author, educator, researcher, and associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego.

She is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. She has authored and co-authored Blue Collar Women (1981), Knowledge Without Boundaries (1995), Closing America’s Job Gap (2011), Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation  Policies for Growth (2013) and Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy (2013), Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California (2014) and the Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (2015).

An industrial sociologist studying the dynamics of regional economic transformation, with a particular focus on how globalization and rapid changes in technology are affecting the social dynamics and economic challenges of regions across America, Walshok has researched various communities with support from the U.S. Department of Labor, NSF, and the Lilly Endowments. She is currently engaged in research on binational innovation dynamics.

She oversees a $45 million, 250-employee division that annually serves more than 65,000 enrollees through innovative local and online programs, as well as provides access to a vast array of intellectual resources through the award-winning UCSD-TV and nationwide through UCTV, which reaches over 22 million households and millions more around the globe on the Web. The Division also serves more than 3,000 foreign students annually.

A co-founder of the San Diego Dialogue in the 1990s, a program focused on opportunities in the San Diego-Tijuana region, she currently serves on the boards of San Diego CONNECT (which she helped found in 1985), the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science, the International Community Foundation, La Jolla Playhouse, Olivewood Gardens and the Girard Foundation.

Contact person: Carl Johan Sundberg