A distinctive feature is the Bocconi Assembly Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to serve as a forum for discussing a relevant recent trend that bears important implications for managing innovation and cooperation. By fostering open exchange building on the preceding panel sessions, we seek to generate insightful ideas that can serve as a basis for new research projects. Participation in the assembly is by invitation only, but paper presenters receive invitations and the meeting is also open to all Bocconi M&T faculty and PhD students. Following the meeting, the participants will form work groups led by prominent scholars who will serve as group leaders. Every assembly participant can select to join any work group, but the size of the work group is limited to six members. Each work group will initiate discussion to identify a research topic or question and will share the group discussion in the final assembly that will close the second edition of the Conference.
The theme for the discussion meeting of the 2nd Bocconi Assembly for Innovation and Cooperation is “Recovery at a Time of Global Uncertainty”. This theme is inspired by the recent pandemic that highlighted how countries are interconnected in the current landscape. Yet, the theme is also triggered by the geopolitical trend of challenging established treaties and agreements as well as the emergence of world leaders that foster disintegration and division at the country, society, and corporate levels. As boycotts, tariff wars, populism, fake news, nationalism, deglobalization, the Brexit and other challenges to the European Union emerge, organizations and firms need to revisit network relations, amend broken ties, and reconfigure alliance portfolios, while continuing to exchange knowledge and engage in collaborative innovation despite amounting distrust. The accumulated research on innovation and cooperation offers little insights about the breakdown of cooperation and the means by which firms can overcome distrust and foster innovation in challenging settings. Panel sessions will correspondingly debate the implications of this trend for innovation and cooperation. Finally, the assembly meeting will offer a forum for discussing this important topic.