Technical, financial and organizational innovations have all been important drivers of growth. From a global perspective, the interaction between enterprises, innovations and growth has been central in the process of economic growth during three industrial revolutions. European historical experiences also give us insights into these complex relationships on a national, regional and local basis. . . . As its main theme, this congress will identify the interrelationship between growth and innovation. It is obvious that innovations can result in economic growth. But also, since innovations often lead to changing economic and social structures, they may have a destabilizing effect as well, at least in the short term. It is important for us as business historians to dissect the preconditions for growth and innovation as well as to analyze such processes from a long-term historical perspective – even though they often appear complex.Proposals for papers and sessions related to the theme of the conference are especially welcome, although paper and session proposals not directly related to the theme will also be considered. For paper proposals, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 400 words (about one page) along with a one-page CV to EBHA2013@ekhist.uu.se. Session proposals should include a brief abstract of the session along with a one-page abstract and a one-page CV for each participant. The deadline for all proposals is February 1, 2013.
For a fuller discussion of the conference theme, please see the complete call for papers.