was founded in 1986 at the initiative of Wolfgang F. Stolper and Horst Hanusch.
Its purpose is to further research in directions that are of interest in the spirit of Joseph A. Schumpeter. It is incorporated as a non-profit German corporation with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany. The membership totals to 412 members from 40 countries (June 2010).
To apply for membership, please download the membership application form.
Aims of the Society
The International Joseph Alois Schumpeter Society has at its aim the scientific study of the problems of development, primarly in advanced economies. Following the ideas of Schumpeter it conceives of development as the combination of growth and structural change broadly defined. It intends, therefore, to concentrate on the dynamics of structural change, its origins and effects in all its aspects: the role of the dynamic entrepreneur, income distribution, technical change, employment etc. It also considers political and social problems of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial history. The ISS sees as its primary aim the fostering of knowledge. While it has no objection to being useful for economic policy research, it wishes to avoid an a priori commitment to any particular political point of view and is, therefore, open to research by scholars of all scholarly traditions provided it is scientifically sound and non-ideological as defined by Schumpeter: that it respects facts as they are and behave and not as one wishes them to be or behave.
The ISS carries out its aims in the following manner: It organizes and helps finance international symposia on topics within the general purview of its aims. It is interested in the completion of the publication of Schumpeter's writings and of furthering Schumpeterian studies. It helps to finance the publication of the results of the research in conference proceedings. It publishes the results of the research in the Journal of Evolutionary Economics. It awards prizes in recognition of recent scholarly contributions related to Schumpeter.
Since 1993 the Journal of Evolutionary Economics is the ISS's affiliated Journal. It was founded in 1991 and is published by the Springer Verlag in Heidelberg, Germany, originally as a quarterly journal, meanwhile 5 times a year.
The Editors are Horst Hanusch/Augsburg, Uwe Cantner/Jena, Elias Dinopoulos/Gainesville, Florida, and Luigi Orsenigo/Brescia, Italy.
Newsletters, the ISS "Forum", maintain communication among members in the inter-conference period. Additionally, information is regularly published in the JEE.
Members of the ISS meet at a biennial conferences.
The next meeting will take place in Jena, Germany, July 27-30, 2014:
Foundations of Economic Change - Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes
(year, place, conference theme)
2012: Brisbane, Australia
The evolution of economic systems, through innovation, entrepreneurship and competitive processes
2010: Aalborg, Denmark
Innovation, Organisation, Sustainability and Crises
2008: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Technological Innovation and Development
2006: Sophia Antipolis, France,
Innovation, Competition and Growth: Schumpeterian Perspectives
2004: Milan, Italy,
Innovation, Industrial Dynamics and Structural Transformation - Schumpeterian Legacies
2002: Gainesville/FL, USA,
Entrepreneurship, the New Economy and Public Policy: Schumpeterian Perspectives
2000: Manchester, UK,
Change, Development and Transformation
1998: Vienna, Austria,
Capitalism and Democracy in the 21st Century
1996: Stockholm, Sweden,
Competence, Entry and Economic Growth - The Firm, the Innovator, The Entrepreneur and Market Competition
1994: Münster, Germany,
Economic Dynamism - Analysis and Policy
1992: Kyoto, Japan,
Innovation in Technology, Industries, and Institutions: Comparative Perspectives
1990: Airlie House Warrenton, Virginia/USA,
Entrepreneurship, Technological Innovation, and Economic Growth: International Perspectives
1988: Siena, Italy,
Evolution of Technology and Market Structure in an International Context
1986: Augsburg, Germany,
Evolutionary Economics. Modelling and Empirical Research
The papers presented at the meetings are published either in conference proceedings volumes and/or in the JEE.
To date, the following publications have appeared:
The proceedings of the 2006 Sophia Antipolis Conference were published in a special issue "Schumpeterian perspectives on innovation, competition and growth" of the J Evol Econ., Vol. 18 (3-4) 2008. Further selected papers published in: Schumpeterian Perspectives on Innovation, Competition and Growth, Cantner, U., J.-L. Gaffard, L. Nesta (eds), Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2009.
The proceedings of the 2004 Milan Conference were published in: J Evol Econ., Vol. 16, 2006, Nos. 1-2, Title: "Innovation, Industrial Dynamics and Structural Transformation: Schumpeterian Legacies". Further selected papers published in: Innovation, Industrial Dynamics and Structural Transformation. Schumpeterian Legacies, Cantner, U., Malerba, F. (eds), Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2007.
The proceedings of the 2002 Gainesville Conference were published in J Evol Econ., Vol. 13, 2003, No. 5. Further selected papers published in: Entrepreneurship, the New Economy and Public Policy. Schumpeterian Perspectives, Cantner, U., Dinopoulos E., Lanzillotti R.F. (eds), Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer, 2005.
The proceedings of the 2000 Manchester Conference were published in J Evol Econ., Vol. 12, 2002, Nos. 1-2.
The proceedings of the 1998 Vienna Conference were published in J Evol Econ., Vol. 10, 2000, Nos. 1-2 and 3. Further selected papers published in: Capitalism and Democracy in the 21st Century, Mueller D., Cantner U. (eds), Heidelberg, New York: Physica-Verlag, 2001.
Microfoundations of Economic Growth: A Schumpeterian Perspective, Eliasson G., C. Green, C. McCann (eds), Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1998.
Behavioral Norms, Technological Progress and Economic Dynamics: Studies in Schumpeterian Economics, Helmstädter E. and M. Perlman (eds.), Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, August 1996.
Innovation in Technology, Industries, and Institutions. Studies in Schumpeterian Perspectives, Shionoya Y. and M. Perlman (eds.), Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1994, Pp. 326.
Schumpeter in the History of Ideas, Shionoya Y. and M. Perlman (eds.), Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1994, Pp. 150.
Entrepreneurship, Technological Innovation, and Economic Growth: Studies in the Schumpeter Tradition, Scherer F. M. and M. Perlman (eds.), Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1992, Pp. vi, 385.
Evolving Technology and Market Structure: Studies in Schumpeterian Economics, Heertje A. and M. Perlman (eds.), Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1990, Pp. vi, 351.
Evolutionary economics. Applications of Schumpeter's ideas, Hanusch H. (ed.), Cambridge University Press, 1988, Pp. vii, 397.