ASIALICS is a network among scholars, practitioners and policymakers who are interested in a learning, innovation and competence building system in Asia. It has a cooperative relationship with the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS). ASIALICS aims to explore and develop the concept of learning, innovation and competence building as an analytical framework. The objective of ASIALICS is to stimulate the establishment of knowledge based strategies for economic development in Asia. The idea is to bring together interesting issues about what is going on in Asian countries and companies and to share experiences regarding methodology, analytical results and policies.
Asia has been a serious player not only in science, technology and innovation but also in linking different cultures of the world. This is in line with the ongoing Asia-wide cooperation schemes that emphasize knowledge and experiences sharing and joint efforts to promote knowledge-based and learning economies. To achieve this aspiration, a group of Asian scholars from Thailand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Vietnam with strong support from GLOBELICS held the first international conference on Asian innovation systems in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2004. About 150 professionals who participated in the seminar agreed to organize the ASIALICS conference annually, publish a journal and book on Asian innovation systems and clusters, and explore possibilities of joint research and training in this field.
Following the first international conference in Bangkok, ASIALICS organized the second International Conference in April 2005 in Jeju Island, Korea. The Third international conference was held in Shanghai, China in April 2006, organized by Tongji University. The fourth international conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 2007, organized by University of Malaya. The fifth international conference was held in Bangalore, India in April 2008, organized by the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. The 6th international conference was held in Hong Kong from 6-7 July 2009, organized by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The 7th international conference was organized by Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER) in Taipei, Taiwan in April 2010. The National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NIST-PASS) in Hanoi, Vietnam organized the 8th international conference in July 2011.
Asialics International Conference seeks to explore is how innovation systems in Asia are linked to global innovation networks on the one hand, and how emerging interactions within and among innovation systems are shaping their performance on the other hand. The promotion of interactions among innovators – through university-industry linkages, global production chains, or in innovative clusters – is becoming a key priority for innovation policies. One area of particular interest is the interactions between research and technology organizations (RTO) and other innovation actors such as universities and industry. Specific objectives of the conference are as follows:
- Assessing various policies, management strategies and future trends related to innovation at the regional, national and firm levels in Asia, especially in times of global political, economic and societal challenges, and their impacts on development and inclusive growth of Asian SMEs as a mechanism in enhancing the growth and sustainability of Asian economies
- Enabling learning on policy and management strategies to take place across Asian countries
- Extending the frontiers of academic research
- Facilitating cross-border networking and research collaboration
- Promoting the interchange of ideas among innovation policy and management research communities in Asia
- Understanding the role of entrepreneurship education in the promotion of creative and innovative ways of thinking among the ASEAN yout