WERI Conference 2023

The World Economy Research Institute’s 18th Annual Conference on Innovation and Competitiveness

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Competitiveness: How Are They Connected and Why Do They Matter?

The World Economy Research Institute at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics is delighted to announce the 18th Annual Conference on Innovation and Competitiveness.

In today’s world, sustainable competitiveness is no longer built on such staple elements as economies of scale, but rather on curve-jumping and curve-defining innovations. Entrepreneurship serves as the cornerstone for both innovation and inter-firm competition, playing a pivotal role within the broader national economy. The future of entrepreneurship is heavily dependent on how well countries will handle the economic turbulence caused by the threat of recession, pandemic, and war in Ukraine. 

Competitiveness, a multifaceted concept, drives diverse economic research uncovering new determinants of socio-economic development and their interrelationships. This conference will serve as a forum for the discussion about competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship during times of multiple crises, which will encompass, among other things:

  • the theoretical background of the issue of international competitiveness, taking into account the latest scientific developments; 
  • the international competitive position of Poland and other EU countries ;
  • the importance of the factors crucial to the competitive ability of the economy, and their analysis in terms of linkages with entrepreneurship; 
  • the trends in entrepreneurship development in Poland and in other EU member states, with particular emphasis on new business formation, technological entrepreneurship, innovation, and clusters.

We hope that the World Economy Research Institute’s 18th Annual Conference will provide inspiration for further discussion on shaping the competitiveness of economies, its traditional and novel factors, and the role of entrepreneurship in this process. 

The keynote speech titled “Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Public Policy: Evidence from Major U.S. Cities” will be delivered by Professor Scott W. Hegerty, PhD, who currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, Global Studies, and Philosophy at Northeastern Illinois University (USA).

Scott Hegerty

Professor Scott W. Hegerty, PhD, is a renowned economist, economic geographer, and data scientist based in Milwaukee and Chicago. He specializes in international macroeconomics and urban/economic geography, and he conducts research on financial issues from both perspectives. You can access Professor Hegerty’s CV here.

We also invite conference participants to take part in the workshop preceding the conference, which the World Economy Research Institute organizes jointly with Northeastern Illinois University on October 17-18, 2023. It is the 22nd Mathematical and Statistical Modeling Workshop designed to provide participants with hands-on experience in interdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative analysis related to modeling complex economic systems, including digital innovation and health-related issues. The workshop is supported by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange under the Strategic Partnerships programme (grant number BPI/PST/2021/1/00069/U/00001). More information along with the workshop’s agenda can be found here.

Both the Conference and the Workshop are hybrid events, participation is free of charge for registered participants. Please use the following link to register to participate in person or on online. 


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Scientific Committee

Professor Marzenna Anna Weresa, Ph.D., SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland (Co-chair)

Associate Professor Arkadiusz Michał Kowalski, Ph.D., SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland (Co-chair)

Associate Professor Scott W. Hegerty, Ph.D., Economics and Geography & Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, the USA

Associate Professor Laivi Laidroo, Ph.D., Department of Economics and Finance, TalTech School of Business and Governance, Estonia

Professor Saman Sarbazvatan, Ph.D., École des Ponts Busienss School, France

Associate Professor Mariusz-Jan Radło, Ph.D., SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Associate Professor Jurgen Wandel, Ph.D., SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Organizing Committee

Anna Maria Dzienis, Ph.D., SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Artur F. Tomeczek, Ph.D., SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Katarzyna Faber, M.A., SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Conference Program