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Thorstein Veblen 

"The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before."




Charles Darwin

"... the theory of Natural Selection ... implies no necessary tendency to progression."





Alfred Marshall

... facts by themselves are silent. Observation discovers nothing directly of the actions of causes, but only of sequences in time.



Albert Einstein

It is the theory that describes what we can observe.



 Willam James 

Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent.




Douglass North

"The development of more efficient economic organization is surely as important a part of the growth of the Western World as is the development of technology, and it is time it received equal attention."



 Richard Nelson and Sidney Winter

"routines play the role that genes play
in biological evolutionary theory"



 J Stanley Metcalfe

"Evolutionary theory is a manner of reasoning in its own right ... biologists ... simply got there first"




This Second International GROE Workshop was held on 20-21 September 2013 at Hitchin Priory, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 2DL, England.




Comments on this workshop:


"I would like to thank you for a very enjoyable, informative and thought provoking workshop."

"Thanks for a most fruitful and enjoyable workshop."

"Let me express my gratitude for the opportunity to participate at this excellent workshop."

"Thanks for a great workshop, which I thoroughly enjoyed and profited from."



Workshop Speakers:


Masahiko Aoki  (Stanford University, USA)

Francesca Gagliardi  (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Geoffrey Hodgson  (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Jack Knight  (Duke University, USA)

Suzanne Konzelmann  (Birkbeck, Univ of London, UK)

Richard Langlois  (University of Connecticut, USA)

Ugo Pagano  (University of Siena, Italy)

  • For full papers, click names of authors above.
  • For the detailed workshop programme click HERE.
  • For abstracts of the papers to be presented click HERE.
  • For presentation titles for 2 poster sessions click HERE.

The workshop started at 9:30 on 20 September and finished at 17:30 on 21 September 2013.


This workshop is designed to provide in-depth discussion of cutting-edge issues, in a forum that permits the attention to detail and definition that is often lacking in larger, conference-style events. The expected maximum number of participants is 50. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


The workshop will include a poster session where participants will present their research. Proposals for this session are no longer invited as we have readed the maximum number of poster presenters.


Detaila of workshop fees and registration are given below.

To reserve a place on the workshop please visit







Attendance, accommodation (single bedroom) and all meals and refreshments from 09:30 on 20 September to 17:30 on 21 September 290 GBP




For a limited number of people on low incomes and without any other financial support, costs will be reduced to the following:

Attendance, accommodation (single bedroom) and all meals and refreshments from 09:30 on 20 September to 17:30 on 21 September 140 GBP


Those wishing to apply for low-income rates should send an email to Francesca Gagliardi [ ]. You should explain your financial circumstances and confirm that there is no possibility of adequate financial support from your own institution. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence.




Attendance, lunches and refreshments from 09:30 on 20 September to 17:30 on 21 September 140 GBP. In addition, non-residents may pay a 60GBP supplement for dinner on 20 September.





To reserve a place on the workshop please visit





Residential prices include accommodation for one night, one breakfast, two lunches, one dinner, tea and coffee.


In the event of a booking cancellation received up to and including 2 September 2013, a 40 GBP administration charge will be deducted from any refunds. No refund will be made for any cancellations received on or after 3 September 2013.


Payment must be received before a booking can be secured.


No reduced fees are available for part attendance at the workshop.


The Standard Rate applies to members of, and students at, the University of Hertfordshire.