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The 21st International Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC) will be held from Sunday June 14th to Tuesday 17th June, 2014 at University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

IPDMC has established itself as a leading annual international event in its field. Papers presented at the meeting include subjects that cross disciplines. The conference has become the focus of important networking among innovation and product development management researchers. Adjacent areas such as technology management, entrepreneurship, marketing of innovations, creativity, design, and teaching in the field are significant parts of the program.


The special theme for our conference will be “Innovation through Engineering, Business & Design”. Throughout its history IPDMC has accepted papers from a range of disciplines, including marketing, management, technology management, organisational psychology and design. Yet, many key authors have their roots in engineering and technology. This year’s conference will focus on the collaboration between the various disciplines, both business and engineering, involved in new product development.
This theme will be reflected in the type of papers we look for (engineering design, technology management, high-technology new products) and the type of sessions we organise (high-technology new products, engineering-marketing interface, engineering design). We encourage submissions here, along with the more traditional new product development themes of the IPDM conference. Of particular note is the new track related to Engineering Issues in Innovation and NPD.

The Conference Board and Scientific Committee will encourage selected authors to submit their papers for review to the Journal of Product Innovation Management or Creativity and Innovation Management.


The conference is a unique opportunity for researchers of different backgrounds, but with a common interest in management of product and service development, to update and exchange views. The conference will provide ample opportunities for both formal and informal discussions of the work presented, as well as opportunities for discussions about future international and interdisciplinary research co-operation.

Participants are encouraged to present results of their own work (although presenting is not a requirement for attendance and active participation). The focus of the conference is on management issues. Priority is given to research which has an empirical basis. The theoretical base must be made clear, and references to already-existing research in the field must be made explicit.
The conference includes a Doctoral Workshop which will be held prior to the conference.



A. Organizing Product Development
B. Service Innovation and New Service Development
C. Innovation Strategies and Leadership
D. Radical Innovation
E. Marketing and Users
F. Managing Knowledge in Product Development
G. Creativity in Product Development
H. Innovation by Design
I.   Networks and Alliances in Product Development
J.  Managing Software and IT Innovation
K. Teaching Innovation Management
L. Innovation Management in Start-ups and Small Firms
M. Engineering Issues in Innovation and NPD

As is the tradition of the Conference, priority will be given to research that has an empirical basis.


The goal of the review process is to select a number of papers that will stimulate discussion and the development of new knowledge, with preference given to empirical research. Some of the papers will inevitably be more fully developed than others; however, it is hoped that each author will gain insights during the conference that will strengthen their research and introduce them to other scholars who share their interests.

The review process examines over 300 submissions each year. Authors submit an extended abstract of about 500 words in length. This abstract should identify the central research question, introduce the most important references and describe the methodology, empirical base, analysis, and results. Each abstract is evaluated by two or three members of the scientific committee. All are senior professors who are well positioned internationally in the field. Each abstract is evaluated using the following points.

• Quality of the proposed contribution to theory and practice 
• Originality and appropriateness of the research method, with a preference for empirical research 
• Technical competence in the development and execution of the research 
• Value of the findings in contributing to knowledge and managerial practice

The organizing committee responds to the author(s) with an overall assessment. The overall assessment scale of the extended abstract is graded using the following scale:

• Rejected 
• Conditional acceptance, either Accepted with required changes or Accepted with minor requested changes 
• Accepted

Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to submit final papers. Conference participation (full registration) is a further condition for publication in the conference proceedings.

If you are considering submitting an abstract to this conference for the first time, you should view the video that describes the conference and includes portions of actual presentations. Scroll down on this page to the heading “Watch the Conference” to see the link to the video.


The doctoral workshop is an integrated part of the IPDMC conference (since Hamburg in 2008). It will start on Saturday June 14 around noon and will continue on Sunday June 15 morning.

To stimulate academic scholarship, discussions of ideas and dialogue among students and researchers from different countries, in the field of Product Development Management research, we would like to invite doctoral students to attend this doctoral workshop.

PhD students in early and middle stages of their PhD research project are particularly encouraged to participate and present their research proposals, preliminary results and their reflections on issues related to theory, methods and analysis.
In case the PhD dissertation is not a monograph and is made of a series of articles on a common theme, 
the candidate can present a part of the work and a two-page summary of the overall dissertation theme.

Sessions will be organized in smaller groups based on the submitted material with one senior researcher in each group, but there will also be plenary sessions on topics of general interest, e.g. on how to get your research into journals and methodology issues.

Doctoral candidates interested in attending and presenting their research proposal and/or their reflections on their work so far (not the results of finished research) are requested to submit a description of their research.

The submission should include :
1) Name, affiliation, status of project (where in the process?)
2) PhD research project presentation should include; Title, theme(s), problems to be researched, prior research in the area that your project relate to, theoretical considerations and reflections on data collection and analysis.
3) Recommendation from a your advisor or another senior researcher.
4) We expect something between 5-10 pages. Those that are accepted for the PhD workshop will be invited to submit a longer project presentation.  


Upon successful completion of the seminar (full attendance), the participants will be given a certificate and
granted 2 ECTS.

The number of participants is limited to 20 Ph.D. students.

There is no extra fee for participation in the Doctoral Seminar, but registration to the IPDMC is compulsory

Chairs for PhD workshop:

Professor John K. Christiansen, Copenhagen Business School.


Professor Armand Hatchuel, MINES ParisTech

Faculty members:

Gloria Barczak, Professor, editor-in-chief the Journal of Product Innovation Management, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, Boston
John K. Christiansen, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Paul Coughlan, Professor of Operations Management at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
Keith Goffin, Professor of Innovation and New Product Development, Cranfield University, School of Management
Abbie Griffin, Professor in marketing at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah.
Arnmand Hatchuel, Professor, 
Ecole Des Mines De Paris
Thomas, P. Hustad, Professor, Kelley School Of Business, Indiana University
Christer Karlsson, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Klaasjan Visscher, editor-in-chief Creativity and Innovation Management, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Important dates : 

Submission of project description, research proposal or preliminary observations November 11, 2013
Acceptance to participate in PhD Workshop early January 2014
Submission of material to be discussed at workshop by May 15, 2014

Contact person : 

Professor John K. Christiansen, Copenhagen Business School : johnc@cbs.dk




Christer Karlsson Best paper award:

The Conference Board has selected one Best Paper out of the papers submitted.

The Winners of the 2013 Christer Karlsson Best Paper Award are

For the paper entitled:
“Soaking it Up : A Team-Level Perspective on Absorptive Capacity”

The Runners Up are :

Lianne SIMONSE & Helen PERKS
For the paper entitled:
“Cross-Functional Shifts in Roadmapping : Sequence Analysis of Roadmapping Practices at ta Large Corporation”

For the paper entitled:
“Affect, Attitude and Meaning : Assessing the Universality of Aesthetic Design in a Transnational Marketing Context”


 Thomas P Hustad Best student paper award:

The Conference Board has selected one Best Student Paper out of the papers submitted where the main researcher and author is a PhD student.

The Winners of the 2013 Thomas Hustad Best Paper Award are:

Louis-Etienne DUBOIS (& Others)
For the paper entitled:
“From Organizing for Innovation to Innovating for Organization :
How Co-Design Brings about Change in Organisations”

The Runners Up are :

Birna Drofn BIRGISDÓTTIR (& Others)
For the paper entitled:
"Leading for Creativity : an Examination of the Relationship Between Servant Leadership and Creative Self-Efficacy"

Debora BETTIGA (& Others)
For the paper entitled:
“Looking for the Cocreators : Exploring the Antecedents of Customer Willingness to Participate in Cocreation. “



Conference Chairs:

Ann LEDWITH , University of LImerick, Ireland
Regina McNALLY,  University of LImerick, Ireland

Conference Board:

Christer KARLSSON, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and EIASM - Chairman 

John CHRISTIANSEN, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Paul COUGHLAN, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Petra DE WEERD-NEDERHOF, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Koenraad DEBACKERE, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Anthony DI BENEDETTO, Temple University, U.S.A. 

Keith GOFFIN, Cranfield School of Management, U.K. 

Abbie GRIFFIN, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.

Armand HATCHUEL, MINES ParisTech, France 

Erik-Jan HULTINK, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands 

Thomas HUSTAD, Indiana University, U.S.A.

Helen PERKS, Manchester Business School, UK

Roberto VERGANTI, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Conference Scientific Committee:

 Conference board plus:

Ludwig BSTIELER - University of New Hampshire, U.S.A.

Tommaso BUGANZA - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Albert DAVID, Dauphine University, Paris, France

Antonio FERNANDES – University of Porto, Portugal 

Tomoko KAWAKAMI - Kansai University, Japan 

Hans KOLLER - Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Germany 

Ann LEDWITH , University of Limerick, Ireland
Pascal LE MASSON, MINES ParisTech, Paris, France
Regina McNALLY, University of Limerick, Ireland
Jose Luis MUNUERA - University of Murcia, Spain

Søren SALOMO, Technical University of Denmark , Copenhagen, Denmark


Please click HERE to download the conference programme.


The ISSN number for the conference papers/book of abstracts  is :