Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law and Business School
and Motu Economic and Public Policy Research present



30 November - 2 December 2017
Wellington, New Zealand

There are many ways to approach innovation including perspectives from policy, management, economics, science and legal and regulatory perspectives. An important aspect of all of these approaches is the innovation/competition nexus. Both innovation and competition are generally seen as desirable because they can lead to new products and services and lower prices. In some contexts, innovation is the primary mode of competition, while in other contexts innovation and competition interact with each other, frequently but not always in mutually reinforcing ways. Unpacking the innovation-competition nexus raises many issues including: 

  • To what degree and in what ways do economic and social policies and related laws and
    regulations affect innovation?
  • How do other factors, such as management dynamics and export strategies interact with
  • What is the role of patents and other intellectual property in enhancing or restricting
    innovation and competition?
  • How do different modes of government support for R&D affect innovation and competition?
  • Are competitive conditions an important determinant of innovation, and how does
    innovation affect competition?
  • What is the relationship between and among the law, innovation, industry standards, global value networks, trade and competition?

This conference addressed a wide range of topics related to these issues. 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

(in alphabetical order)

Kiritapu Allan
Ngāti Ranginui,
Ngāi Te Rangi,
Kahui Legal

Sally Davenport
School of Management
Victoria University of Wellington

Joel Mokyr
Department of Economics
Northwestern University

Petra Moser
Stern School of Business

Carl Shapiro
Haas School of Business
UC Berkeley

Manuel Trajtenberg
Eitan Berglas School of Economics
Tel-Aviv University


Papers and Slides

Simon Wakeman - Innovation & the performance of New Zealand firms - slides
Simon Wakeman - The impact of R&D grants on the performance of NZ firms - slides


Conference Sponsors:

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Please be aware that participants are expected to behave in accordance with the code of conduct.


This year’s conference (30 November - 2 December 2017) will take place at Victoria University's Business School, located close to Wellington CBD.

Victoria Business School is located at:
Rutherford House
23 Lambton Quay
Pipitea Campus

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Scientific Committee

Dr Barbara Allen Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Reiko Aoki Kyushu University

Professor Jong-Rong Chen National Central University

Professor Thomas Clarke University of Technology Sydney

Paul Conway New Zealand Productivity Commission

Dr Carsten Fink World Intellectual Property Organisation

Professor Susy Frankel Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Griffin Geng Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Christine Greenhalgh University of Oxford

Professor Can Haung Zhejiang University

Associate Professor Albert Hu National University Singapore

Professor Adam Jaffe Motu and Queensland University of Technology

Professor Show-Ling Jang National Taiwan University

Professor Paul Jensen University of Melbourne

Professor Sunil Kanwar University of Delhi

Dr Mohammad Saud Khan Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Jessica C Lai Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Keun Lee Seoul National University

Professor Hui-Lin Lin National Taiwan University

Professor Elisabeth Mueller German Graduate School of Management and Law

Professor Sadao Nagaoka Tokyo Keizai University

Professor Les Oxley University of Waikato

Professor Beth Webster  (General Secretary) Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Xiaobo Wu (President) Zhejiang University

Professor Peter Yu Texas-A&M University and University of Hong Kong


Local Organising Committee

Susy Frankel Professor of Law, Chair of Intellectual Property and International Trade, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington

Adam Jaffe Director, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Jessica C Lai Senior Lecturer, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington

Vanessa Borg and Anna Burnett Conference Administrators, Victoria University of Wellington

Nikita Melashchenko Conference Research Assistant, Victoria University of Wellington