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When Innovation Induces Income Inequality – Is it Skills, Robots, Bohemians or Risks and Rewards? (CIMR Debates in Public Policy)

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How does innovation as the engine of economic growth affect the distribution of income in contemporary societies? In this CIMR policy debate, we will be revisiting this topical question. We will be discussing the three most popular theoretical perspectives on how innovation shapes income inequality. These are as follows:

  • The skill-biased technological change account from the field of labour economics
  • The creative class externalities hypothesis from the field of economic geography, and
  • The risks and rewards nexus framework from the field of innovation studies.

Our discussion will be focusing on the analytical and policy relevance of these theoretical perspectives. We will also be comparing the explanatory power and policy implications of each theoretical perspective with the findings of a research project on regional innovation systems and income inequality in one of the most egalitarian economies in the world, namely Germany.

Speaker: Thanos Fragkandreas, Goethe University of Frankfurt and Centre for Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck

Chair: Ayse Seyyide, final year PhD student in Birkbeck's Department of Management

Discussant: Manto Gotsi, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Birkbeck

Joining Instructions:

Please register via the link above by 5pm on Tuesday 2 March. You will be sent the link to join on the morning of the event.


Thanos Fragkandreas

Thanos is a researcher at the Department of Management and Microeconomics at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on innovation, entrepreneurship and research methods.  He also works as a consultant for the OECD on a project on the innovation-productivity paradox in the OECD economies. His research interests concern the relationship between innovation and income inequality, innovation paradoxes, innovation policy, methodology of innovation studies, Kaizen (the Japanese management philosophy) and social capital. His work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as European Planning Studies, Prometheus, and International Review of Sociology. He is also the author of a monograph on regional innovation performance in the European Union.

Ayse Seyyide

Ayse is a final year PhD student in the Department of Management at Birkbeck. Her research is on refugee entrepreneurship in urban settings in the UK and Europe. She holds a master's degree in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management at Imperial College London; and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. She works as a teaching associate for Environment & Policy and Sustainable Business Models modules at Birkbeck. Previously, she worked as a TA for Strategic Management at Queen Mary University London. She worked at a participation bank’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Process Development, Product Development and IT departments in Turkey. She co-founded SchoolX, an education technologies startup for disadvantaged communities, incubated by Imperial Enterprise Lab.

Manto Gotsi

Dr Manto Gotsi is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Birkbeck. Previously she has held academic positions at Westminster, Cardiff, Brunel, Aberdeen and Strathclyde. Manto’s research focuses on the management of paradoxes – how organizational leaders, teams and individuals effectively respond to competing demands and resulting tensions. She studies paradoxes in innovation management, corporate branding, entrepreneurship, leadership and other areas. The theoretical lens that she employs varies depending on the study, but she enjoys using an identity lens. Manto’s work has been published in Human Relations, Journal of Product Innovation Management, European Journal of Marketing, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and International Small Business Journal, among others. Manto is also the Programme Director of Birkbeck's newly launched online MSc in Marketing.

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