The Munich Summer Institute is a newly established annual conference aimed at stimulating a rigorous in-depth discussion of a select number of research papers and to strengthen the interdisciplinary international research community in these areas. The Munich Summer Institute allocates 45-minute time slots (including a discussant) to each paper, runs a single plenary track instead of parallel sessions to maintain the focus of conference participants, and provides a space for promising new ideas through short poster slam pitches that serve as teasers for the subsequent poster session. The organizers fund travel and hotel expenses for all plenary speakers and hotel expenses for all poster presenters.
From June 20 to June 22, 2016, the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich, the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition jointly organized the first Munich Summer Institute (MSI 2016). The Munich Summer Institute 2016 focused on three areas:
- Digitization, Strategy and Organization (June 20, 2016) (chairs: Tobias Kretschmer and Jörg Claussen),
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship (June 21, 2016) (chair: Dietmar Harhoff),
- Law & Economics of Innovation (June 22, 2016) (chair: Stefan Bechtold).
About 80 researchers in economics, law, management and related fields at all stages of their careers (from PhD students to full professors) attended the three-day conference as presenters, discussants or attendants. The program consisted of 18 paper presentations with discussants, 22 poster slams as well as three keynote speeches. Chris Forman (Georgia Institute of Technology) gave the first keynote speech on “The Agglomeration of Invention in the Bay Area”. The second keynote speech on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Market for Patents” was delivered by Rosemary Ziedonis (Boston University). The final keynote speech about “The Past, Present and Future of Software IP Protection” was held by Pamela Samuelson (UC Berkeley) on Day 3. On Tuesday evening Shane Greenstein (Harvard) gave a dinner speech on “How the Internet Became Commercial”. The Munich Summer Institute was held at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the heart of Munich.
Everyone enjoyed three inspiring days filled with vivid discussions along with an entertaining framework program. The Munich Summer Institute 2016 was a resounding success.