CALL FOR PAPERS | 17th Workshop APDR - Firm performance and growth: a regional, institutional and policy perspective | 19 April 2013 | DEGEI - University of Aveiro

When confronted with rising concerns about economic growth, unemployment and
job creation, the response at national level is often to promote the
creation of new businesses and strengthen the operating conditions of its
entrepreneurial fabric, so as to maintain competitiveness in global markets.

No doubt, improving the economic basis of any region requires a business
environment where firms can prosper.
To strengthen and diversify the economy, policy makers and local leaders
need to be aware of the characteristics and of the determinants of firm
performance and growth, affecting in particular small and medium firms.
Understanding the determinants of firm performance and growth and it
contribution to overall economic growth is crucial in designing specific and
appropriate stimulus policies.

A set of regional and institutional characteristics concerning the
socioeconomic structure and policy actions of a region can contribute to
explaining the variations not only in business formation, but also in firm
performance and growth. These include demand-side, supply-side and policy
variables, which range from regional, institutional and policy aspects to
the quality of the local labor market, business climate, firm
internationalization and innovation capacity.

As such, in the present context of economic slowdown, the relevancy of
approaching these topics becomes more pertinent than ever.


1.     Firm performance and growth determinants
2.     Short-run economic factors and the crisis
3.     Internationalisation and competitiveness
4.     Innovation and market structure
5.     SME´s


·         Until February 20th 2013 - Submission of abstracts
·         March 1st 2013 - Notification of acceptance of abstracts
·         Until April 1st 2013 - Submission of full paper
·         Until April 5th 2013 - Registration
·         April 19th 2013 - Workshop

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