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IFKAD 2015

Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: connecting the knowledge dots

Bari, Italy - 10-12 June 2015


The theme of the 10th edition of the International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD – 2015) aimed to explore the role and the relations of three fundamental pillars of the success of XXI century organisations: culture, innovation and entrepreneurship. They serve each other and dynamically through a system of direct and indirect relationships. The relevance of these three dimensions for competitiveness is not new. However, in today's complex and volatile economic era the capacity of organisations, cities and territories of combining and integrating culture, innovation and entrepreneurship represent a fundamental source of sustainable value creation. They define three fundamental knowledge domains shaping and affecting learning organisational systems.

Culture interpreted as the overall cultural and artistic activities and form of expressions contributes to explain how people's creativity and humanity characteristics are explicated. In this light, culture denotes the knowledge domain related to humanities, arts and design whose relevance can be viewed in relation to its direct and indirect contribution to the development of creative capacity for organizational value creation. In relation to culture, innovation represents the knowledge domain translating into action, through application and exploitation, novel creative ideas and solutions in order to drive prosperity. Finally, entrepreneurship defines the people's mindset of being open mind, risk taking, and change-oriented. This also involves a forward-looking thinking, rather than a short-oriented approach, as well as a critical thinking able both to analyze and foresee opportunities and to shape new possibilities for growth.

Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, the theme of IFKAD2015 encourages us to propose studies that can support the understanding of the new value drivers affecting the value creation dynamics of XXI century organisations both at micro and macro level. This entails the investigation both from theory and practice of the approaches, models and tools for managing and synergistically integrating culture, innovation and entrepreneurships


Theoretical, empirical and practitioner papers were invited addressing research topics as follows.

  • Arts-based Management: arts in business
  • Creative entrepreneurship
  • Culture as a driver for economic value creation and growth
  • Culture as a driver for innovation
  • Culture, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurial Learning and Education
  • ICT, learning, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Integration of the arts and technology for innovation processes
  • Knowledge Management practices in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge-perspective of sustainable growth for 21st century organizations: characteristics and applications
  • Learning methodologies supporting the development of a creative entrepreneurial spirit
  • Managing culture to support entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Models, approaches, methods and tools to support sharing, creation and exploitation of knowledge for entrepreneurship and innovation development
  • Organisational learning for innovation
  • Social change and sustainability
  • Territory attractiveness of talents and direct investments


NOENNIG, Jörg Rainer - Dresden University of Technology, GER
PIETRONERO, Luciano - University of Rome Sapienza, ITA
STAHLE, Pirjo - Aalto University, FIN
VIEDMA MARTI, Jose Maria - Polytechnic University of Catalonia, ESP

Full progam of IFKAD 2015 (pdf)