Conference Honoring Professor Richard R. Nelson

The George Blumenthal Professor

of International and Public Affairs, Business, and Law at Columbia University

Final Program



October 13: Friday

6:00 PM — 10:00 PM Opening Reception, Dinner, and Presentations: Terrace in the Sky Restaurant, 400 West 119th Street, between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive (212-666-9490)

6:00 PM — 07:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM — 10:00 PM Dinner

Welcoming Remarks:

Jonathan Cole, Provost and Dean of Faculties, Columbia University

Michael Crow, Executive Vice Provost, Columbia University

Introductory Address: Sidney Winter, "The Evolution of Dick Nelson"



October 14: Saturday

8:30 AM — 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast, Columbia Business School, Uris Hall (directly behind Low Library), Hepburn Lounge


9:00 AM — 10:15 AM: Evolutionary Perspectives on Industrial Organization

Chair: Luc Soete


Steven Klepper, "Entry by Spinoffs"

Giovanni Dosi, "Learning Regimes and Patterns of Industrial Evolution"

Discussants: Luigi Orsenigo, Richard Langlois

10:15 AM — 10:45 AM: Coffee Break (Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge)

10:45 AM — 12:00 PM: Policy and Technology

Chair: Joseph Peck


David Mowery, "University Patents and Patent Policy Debates: 1925-1980"

Robert Merges, "Intellectual Property Rights and Nelsonian Economics"

Discussants: Rebecca Eisenberg, Morris Teubal

12:00 PM— 1:30 PM: Lunch (Hepburn Lounge in Uris Hall)

1:30 PM — 2:45 PM: Economics of Technical Change and Economic Growth

Chair: Paul David


Edward Wolff, "Productivity Convergence and Education: Evidence from OECD Countries"

Wes Cohen and Franco Malerba, "Is the Tendency to Variation a Chief Cause of Progress?"

Discussants: Gus Ranis, Paul David


2:45 PM — 3:15 PM: Coffee Break (Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge)

3:15 PM — 4:30 PM: The Institutions of Progress

Chair: Hiroyuki Odagiri


Stan Metcalfe, "Institutions and Progress"

Keith Pavitt, "Public Polices to Support Basic Research--What can the rest of the world learn from US theory and practice? (And what they should not learn.)"

Discussants: Carl Dahlman, Peter Murmann




6:00 PM — 10:30 PM: Reception, Dinner, Address and Panel: The Century Club, 7 West 43rd Street (212-944-0090)

6:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Reception

7:00 PM — 8:30 PM: Dinner

8:30 PM — 9:00 PM: Dessert and Address by Bengt Ake-Lundvall on

Richard Nelson’s Influence on European Technology Policy


9:00 PM — 10:30 PM: Panel on Richard Nelson: Scholar, Teacher, Colleague, Friend

Introductory Speaker & Chair: Richard Levin


Paul Joskow

Al Klevorick

Ted Marmor

Alice Rivlin

Bill Spencer



October 15: Sunday

8:30 AM — 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast, Columbia Business School, Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge


9:00AM — 10:15 PM: Comparative Studies of National Economies and Innovation Systems

Chair: Hugh Patrick


Nathan Rosenberg, "Universities as Institutions of Progress"

Howard Pack, "Cross Country Regressions and African Productivity"

Discussants: Michael Crow, Jorge Katz



10:15 AM — 10:45 AM: Coffee Break (Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge)


10:45 AM — 12:00 AM: Evolution, Organizations and Strategy

Chair: Richard Rosenbloom


David Teece, "Richard Nelson's Dynamic Capabilities"

Michael Tushman, "A Structural Approach to Assessing Innovation: Construct Development of Innovation Types and Characteristics and their Organizational Effects"

Eric von Hippel, "Exploring Open Source in the Evolution of Software"

Discussants: Connie Helfat, Gary Pisano



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