Event Report  |  06/15/2023

Munich Summer Institute 2023 – A Review and a Look Forward

Since its beginning back in 2016, the Munich Summer Institute (MSI) has aimed to facilitate networking within an international and interdisciplinary research community. The MSI 2023, attended by around 100 participants, took place in the beautiful premises of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences from 24 to 26 May 2023. It was preceded by the 2nd MSI Ph.D. Workshop on 23 May 2023.

Group Picture MSI 2023
Participants of the Munich Summer Institute 2023
Organizing Team of the MSI 2023
The organizing team of the MSI 2023 with Christian Peukert, Joachim Henkel, Dietmar Harhoff, Imke Reimers, Tobias Kretschmer, Stefan Bechtold, and Hanna Hottenrott (f.l.t.r. ).
Presentation during the MSI 2023
Impression from the presentations

This year, for the 7th edition already, the members of the organizing team from ETH Zurich’s Center for Law & Economics, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Technical University of Munich, and ISTO at LMU Munich were joined by Christian Peukert from HEC Lausanne and Imke Reimers from Northeastern University.

The main conference program comprised 3 keynote lectures, 17 plenary presentations and a daily poster session, including a poster slam.

The first conference day, which was co-organized by Tobias Kretschmer, Christian Peukert, and Imke Reimers, focused on “Creative Industries”, the “Pandemic Push”, the “Regulatory Push”, and “Algorithmic Pricing”. The day’s keynote address was delivered by Nigel Melville, who is an Associate Professor of Technology and Operations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Management. His topic was “Advancing Environmental Sustainability in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

Chaired by Dietmar Harhoff, Joachim Henkel, and Hanna Hottenrott, the presentations of the second conference day related to “Knowledge Production”, “R&D and Death”, “R&D and War”, and “R&D, Grants and Taxes”. In her keynote lecture “Incentives and the Social Fabric of Knowledge Work: Evidence from Field Experiments”, Jana Gallus provided evidence from three field experiments to shed light on the effects of non-monetary incentives on knowledge production. Jana Gallus is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Behavioral Decision Making at the Anderson School of Management of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Traditionally, the second day ended with a hearty dinner in a typical Bavarian Inn. During the evening, Kimia Heidary from the University of Leiden received the MSI Ph.D. Workshop’s Best Paper Award for her work “All Is (Not) Fair in Personalized Pricing: Antecedents and Outcomes of Consumer Fairness Perceptions”.

The third and last conference day – chaired by Stefan Bechtold, Imke Reimers, and again Christian Peukert – covered a wide range of innovation-related topics, including “IP & Gender”, trademark and patent law, and a final presentation on innovation in the cannabis market. David L. Schwartz, Frederic P. Vose Professor of Law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, gave a keynote presentation on the topic “When Companies Choose Inside Counsel: A Case Study from Patents”.

On behalf of the organizers, we would like to thank all speakers, discussants, and attendees  for a fascinating Munich Summer Institute 2023. We are already looking forward to the Munich Summer Institute 2024, which will take place from 22 to 24 May 2024!

The full program of the MSI 2023 can be found here.

The program of the 2nd MSI Ph.D. Workshop is available here.

More information on the MSI website.