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Industry and Innovation 2021 Best Paper Award: Nominees

  • 1.  Industry and Innovation 2021 Best Paper Award: Nominees

    Posted 06-06-2023 09:47

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the journal, Industry and Innovation - with the support of Taylor and Francis - has reintroduced the "Best Paper Award", which will recognize outstanding research published in the journal every year. This year, the award is presented to the best paper published in an issue of the journal in 2021.

    Under this renewed initiative, Industry and Innovation's editorial board assesses all the papers published in the previous year and identifies a shortlist of the most relevant and original works. Within this list, the members of the Editorial Advisory Board are then invited to cast their votes on the three best papers. The winner is announced in the following DRUID conference.

    We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Industry and Innovation Best Paper Nominees are:

    1.      Asbestos, leaded petrol, and other aberrations: comparing countries' regulatory responses to disapproved products and technologies

    Alex Coad, Waseda Business School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

    Gianluca Biggi, Responsible Management Research Center, Department of Economics & Management, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

    Elisa Giuliani, Responsible Management Research Center, Department of Economics & Management, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy


    Industrial innovation churns out increasingly unnatural products and technologies amid scientific uncertainty about their harmful effects. We argue that a quick regulatory response to the discovery that certain innovations are harmful is an important indicator for evaluating the performance of an innovation system. Using a unique hand-collected dataset, we explore the temporal geography of regulatory responses as evidenced by the years in which countries introduce bans against leaded petrol, asbestos, DDT, smoking in public places, and plastic bags, as well as introducing the driver's seatbelt obligation. We find inconsistent regulatory responses by countries across different threats, and that countries' level of economic development is often not a good predictor of early bans. Moreover, an early introduction of one ban is not strongly related to the relative performance in regard to another ban, which raises possible questions about the coherence of regulatory responses across different threats.

    2.      Peripheral visions: the film and television industry in Galway, Ireland

    Dominic Power, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University

    Patrick Collins, School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies, National University of Ireland Galway


    This paper attempts to blur the periphery versus centre binary by considering the emergence of a small, but vibrant, agglomeration of cultural industries in Galway, Ireland. Key agents in this story include postcolonial activists, Irish language supporters, Hollywood directors, and local politicians. This is an example of an industry agglomeration in a 'peripheral' setting and in the context of a threatened language. Language, culture and community are argued to be fundamental to the case and can be traced back to an underrepresented community finding a voice for itself. It is argued that studies of industry and innovation should not ignore small scale or peripheral cases; that being in the periphery can be an asset in terms of entrepreneurship, creative freedom and field formation; that periphery must be set in a relational framework; and that the medium of cultural production must be part of understanding industrial dynamics and innovation.

    3.      On the sudden rise of Dutch science at the end of the nineteenth century: a core-periphery approach

    Giovanna Capponi, Innovation Studies, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

    Koen Frenken, Innovation Studies, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands


    This paper analyzes the remarkable success of Dutch scientists near the end of the nineteenth century, as exemplified by five Nobel laureates in the period 1901–1913. Some historians suggest that the key factor contributing to the sudden rise of Dutch science was the establishment of a new type of high school, called HBS, which generated unprecedented social mobility of middle-class pupils to Dutch universities. The HBS also provided a pathway for its science teachers to write a PhD thesis outside the walls of the university. Taking a core-periphery approach, we compare the effects of an HBS-background (periphery) and Royal Academy membership (core) on the recognition that Dutch professors. Consistent with core-periphery theory, we find that professors who taught at the HBS while writing their PhD – remote from university influences – made the most creative contributions to science, and also confirm that academy members were attributed more success than non-members.

    The winning paper will be announced at the DRUID conference dinner, on June 11, in Lisbon/Carcavelos.

    Vera Rocha
    Copenhagen Business School