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GLASGOW, U.K. JUNE 12-14, 2016


The 23rd Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC) will be held from Sunday, June 12th to Tuesday, 14th June 2016 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, in the UK. Strathclyde is the ‘place of useful learning’ and is acknowledged as a leading international technological university, committed to creating and applying the highest-quality research in order to drive innovation for the benefit of society and economy. Te University is explicitly differentiated by the highly-successful strategic leadership role we play in building dynamic and growing innovation ecosystems and in actively pursuing new opportunities and investments in partnership with the private and public sectors. The main conference will take place in the recently-opened Technology Innovation Centre www.strath.ac.uk/research/technologyandinnovationcentre and the associated doctoral workshop takes place from Saturday, June 11th to Sunday 12th June 2016 at Strathclyde Business School. www.strath.ac.uk/business

IPDMC has established itself as the leading annual international event in its field. Papers presented at the meeting include subjects about innovation topics that cross disciplines. Adjacent areas such as technology management, entrepreneurship, marketing of innovations, creativity, design, and teaching in the field are significant parts of the programme.

The conference has become the focus of important networking among innovation and product development management researchers: for PhD students and junior faculty as well as senior faculty.

There are two additional tracks in the programme for 2016 to reflect the Conference Theme of Crossing Borders and Boundaries:

  • Open Innovation
  • New trends in Innovation


The special theme for our conference will be “Crossing Borders and Boundaries: The Changing Role of Innovation/Entrepreneurship” to reflect the current age of economic turbulence and dynamic, disruptive technological and social change. The nature of competition has been changed in a world of recession following the global financial crisis in 2007. Innovative and entrepreneurial activities are considered to be ‘key’ for a business sector which may risk becoming ‘trivial’ and, vice versa, ‘unknown’ innovations/entrepreneurs frequently  emerge, shifting competition from closed to open and networked innovation systems spanning a variety of technologies, civic societies, markets and geographies. Innovation and entrepreneurship clearly constitutes one of the most central issues for management, as they directly speak to the competitive strength, sustainability and relevance of organisations and networks. Therefore, the crucial purpose of emerging, developing and developed economies is to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in order to enhance economic and social development.

Throughout its history, IPDMC has accepted papers from a range of disciplines, including organisation studies, marketing, management, technology management, organisational psychology, creativity and design. The conference welcomes all authors who are interested in managerial issues related to innovation and product development. This includes research, but is not limited to, issues that are listed as the themes and areas for the conference below.

The two new themes are introduced below :

Open Innovation- One of the key ways that organisations can develop enhanced products and services in a volatile and rapidly changing global market is through open innovation. Open innovation has become an important competence for firms to overcome the challenges of today’s innovation landscape. Accordingly, we encourage conceptual and empirical contributions from a wide range of social science disciplines dealing with the following topics and challenges:

  1. Partnership- Open innovation can be regarded as an ongoing strategic technology decision process as responds to changes in the environment (Bianchi et al., 2011). An increasing number of firms (e.g. Merck, HP, Siemens AG) have recognised the need for a more outward facing approach to innovation and leveraged external innovation and networks to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage. It is a capability in which firms realise from customers, retailers, suppliers and other external stakeholders through technology in-licensing, acquisition or joint development, and also it is a firm’s capability to commercialise (part of) the firm’s technology through brand-out, licensing and so on. Thus, when and under what conditions should firms initiate open innovation partnerships? What collaboration skills are necessary for managing open innovation partnerships? How might co-creation with different stakeholders (i.e. customers, retailers, suppliers, competitors, and others) create superior customer value?   How does a firm implement open innovation and build a good open innovation network? What collaboration skills are necessary for managing open innovation partnerships?
  2. Knowledge and Capabilities- Open innovation not only involves simultaneous internal and external knowledge management processes, but also inter-organisational relationships, which can be viewed as knowledge repositories of firms.  Firms need to develop a better understanding of open innovation processes to achieve benefits. A network of external linkages serves as a locus of innovation because it provides timely access to knowledge and resources that are otherwise unavailable (Story, O’Malley and Hart 2011). Thus, how synergies are created by combining inbound and outbound innovations? How should organisational culture and structure be developed to successfully manage open innovation? What are firms’ skills, resources, and capabilities necessary for a successful open innovation?


New Trends in Innovation – As technologies, market knowledge and consumption change, numerous new trends for innovation (in addition to open innovation) are growing rapidly. One such example is Digital Innovation and Crowdsourcing- Crowdsourcing for innovation is an example of a new power model (Heimans & Timms, 2014) and has been used to obtain ideas, technologies, and entirely new business ventures from outside the organisation’s boundary. How does an organisation develop open innovation and build a good open innovation network through crowdsourcing? What is the contribution of crowdsourcing to open innovations? How does crowdsourcing technologies help to facilitate open innovation? What collaboration skills are necessary for managing crowdsourcing for innovation?  What is the role of intermediaries in crowdsourcing? When and under what conditions should firms initiate crowdsourcing?

After the Conference, 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.


  • Managing "Sustainability" in Innovation and Product Development
  • Emerging and Early Research for (Young Scholars Section)
  • Innovation and Product Development in Family Firms
  • Theory Development in Innovation and Product Development Management Research
  • Organising Product Development
  • Service Innovation and New Service Development
  • Innovation Strategies and Leadership
  • Radical Innovation
  • Marketing and Users
  • Managing Knowledge in Product Development
  • Creativity in Product Development
  • Innovation by Design
  • Networks and Alliances in Product Development
  • Managing Software and IT Innovation
  • Teaching Innovation Management
  • Innovation Management in Start-ups and Small Firms
  • Engineering Issues in Innovation and NPD
  • Open Innovation
  • New Trends in Innovation


The goal of the review process is to select a number of papers that will stimulate discussion and the development and dissemination of new knowledge. Some 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 own 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 (November 2, 2015). This abstract should identify the central research question and theory base for the research, 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

• Technical competence in the development and execution of the research 

• Value of the findings in contributing to knowledge and managerial practice

The organising committee responds to the author(s) with an overall assessment of the extended abstract 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 registration and participation by at least one co-author is required for publication in the conference proceedings. (USB key).


The final version (13/06) of the conference programme is available HERE.



The ISSN number for the conference papers is :


Christer Karlsson Best paper Award:

The Conference Board will select one Best Paper out of the papers submitted. The author(s) will receive an award during the closing session of the conference. 

Thomas P Hustad Best Student Paper Award :

The Conference Board will select one Best Student Paper out of the papers submitted where the main researcher and author is a PhD student. PhD students who submit should indicate this to be considered for this award. A statement of conditions is requested from the tutor. The author(s) will receive an award during the closing session of the conference

DOCTORAL WORKSHOP - June 11-12, 2016

The Doctoral Workshop is an integrated part of the IPDMC conference (since Hamburg in 2008). It will start on Saturday June 11 at noon, with a light lunch, and will continue through Sunday, June 12, ending with lunch.
It will take place at Strathclyde Business School (130 Rottenrow, Glasgow G4 0GE)

Some sessions will be plenary sessions focused on general topics of interest to Ph.D. Students, such as: selecting high-potential research questions, finding research sites, and publishing your research. Other sessions will be organized into smaller groups based on research and proposal materials submitted by the students, with one senior researcher in each group.


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 participating in the Doctoral Seminar, but registration to the IPDMC is compulsory

The submission deadline is  OVER

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
Petra C. de Weerd-Nederhof, Professor of Innovation Management, University of Twente, the Netherlands
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.

Armand Hatchuel, Professor, 
Ecole Des Mines De Paris

Thomas, P. Hustad, Professor, Kelley School Of Business, Indiana University

Christer Karlsson, Professor, Copenhagen Business School

Application of the submission

December 1, 2015

Acceptance to participate in PhD Workshop

January 16, 2016

Submission of material to be discussed at workshop

May 15, 2016

Registration to the Doctoral Workshop and Conference

April 6, 2016



Conference Chairs:

Nuran ACUR, University of Strathclyde, UK and Ozyegin University, Turkey
Susan HART, Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK

Local Organising Committee:

Nusa FAIN, Marketing Department
Alex DUFFY, Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde
Jonathan LEVIE, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Beverly WAGNER, Department of Marketing
Marisa SMITH, Department of Strategy and Organisation
Aylin ATES, Department of Strategy and Organisation

Conference Board:

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

Nuran ACUR, University of Strathclyde, UK & Ozyegin University, Turkey (2016 organizer)
Gloria BARCZAK, Northeastern University, USA
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.
Susan HART, Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK (2016 organizer)
Armand HATCHUEL, MINES ParisTech, France 

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

Thomas HUSTAD, Indiana University, U.S.A.
Helen PERKS, Nottingham University 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
Marina CANDI, Reykjavik University, Iceland (2017 organizer)
Albert DAVID, Dauphine University, Paris, France
Antonio FERNANDES – University of Porto, Portugal 

Tomoko KAWAKAMI - Waseda University, Japan 

Hans KOLLER - Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Germany 

Ann LEDWITH, University of Limerick, Ireland
Pascal LE MASSON, MINES ParisTech, Paris, France
Regina McNALLY, Saint Xavier University, U.S.A.
Jose Luis MUNUERA - University of Murcia, Spain

Søren SALOMO, Technical University of Denmark , Copenhagen, Denmark


University of Strathclyde has hosted more than 30 international conferences with more than 100 participants over the last 5 years. The University of Strathclyde is the third-largest university in Scotland with approximately 16,000 full-time students from over 100 countries, and approximately 3000 full-time-equivalent staff. It is a modern, outward-looking, research-led University with a distinctive reputation for innovation and enterprise. Its forward mission is to realise ambition as an international technological university and as such, Strathclyde University encourages research across the traditional boundaries of disciplines: a research knowledge sharing and enhancement culture is a key feature of Strathclyde to ensure that experience and good practice and know how are capitalised on both within and across Facilities.

Strathclyde University’s involvement with innovation has emerged alongside the transformation of Glasgow into a genuinely post-industrial city that now defines itself as a hub for creative design, cutting edge multi-media technologies, and cultural and social entrepreneurship. In order to support such developments, the University has itself developed an entrepreneurial approach to its academic mission, deliberately seeking to break through disciplinary silos in order to promote cross-faculty, multi-organisation dialogues, which bring together the diverse talents required to generate creative/innovative thinking and novel solutions, not only in terms of new products, but also the business processes required to support them.

The University of Strathclyde is a leading technological University and a multi-million campus renovation project is currently underway, providing state-of-the-art campus facilities. The “jewel in the crown” is the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), where world-class research is transforming the way academia, business, industry and the public sector work together, pioneering theory and practitioner experience. Strathclyde’s external recognition is manifest in the recently awarded; University of the Year 2012/2013 and Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/2014. The Technology and Innovation Centre at Strathclyde is a hub for world-leading research, transforming the way academics, business, industry and the public sector collaborate.

Founded in 1947, the University of Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is a pioneering, internationally renowned academic organisation that shapes and develops the business minds of tomorrow. Strathclyde Business School sits at the heart of innovation activities, facilitating and building upon linkages with academics in the faculties of engineering, social sciences and business school. Strathclyde Business School is also in the top decile in UK Schools, as indicated by our rating in the UK wide Assessment Exercise and in addition to this sits within the top 30 Business Schools as noted by both the Financial Times and the Economist.  Strathclyde Business School is also triple accredited. Number 1 in Scotland and it is ranked in the top 10 Business Schools in the UK following the 2014 Government-led benchmarking exercise, the Research Excellence Framework. SBS is 3rd among UK business schools for impact which measures how scientific investigations influence practice in business and 1st amongst UK business schools for its research environment.

The department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM) is also a world-leading department that focuses on cross-disciplinary work related to the product development. DMEM is an energetic and innovative department aiming to offer broad-based education and research of relevance to meet industrial and commercial needs. Its fields of expertise range from creative and engineering design, through manufacturing and supply to the management of the entire value chain.

The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, supported by the successful entrepreneur, Sir Tom Hunter, is widely recognised amongst both academics and policy-makers, locally and internationally as a leading centre for entrepreneurship research. These connections ensure that our research is continuously grounded in the practical realities of the industries, which in turn facilitates the effective transfer and exchange of new knowledge.

We would like to share the cultural and historical treasures of Scotland with others and use this opportunity to extend the famous Scottish hospitality to our colleagues from Europe.


Glasgow is the main hub for all air travel in Scotland. There are three international airports, Glasgow Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. These airports serves all the major airlines of the world. In addition to being a short walk from Glasgow's two major train stations, the University is easily accessible by bus and has parking facilities for those who are here for a shorter stay. For those who are travelling from afar, the University is easily reached from Glasgow Airport, which runs a shuttle-bus service to the city centre. University of Strathclyde is situated in the centre of Glasgow with easy access by road, rail and air. Glasgow is a cost effective destination for delegates and conference organisers alike.

Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, home to the art nouveau architectural treasures of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and on the doorstep of Scotland’s glorious countryside. The City has undergone a cultural and economic renaissance. More than £5.6 billion of investment is planned in more than 200 developments to transform the riverfront into a stylish business, residential and leisure area.

The Glasgow Convention Bureau is an experienced and popular centre for conferences and international events. In the past decade Glasgow has been among the ten most popular congress cities in the world and has many years of experience in hosting and transporting large numbers of people in and out of its airport. Its history of openness and willingness to share knowledge and resources with others has proved to facilitate the work of arranging congresses.


Glasgow City Marketing Bureau is the official accommodation provider for the conference and has negotiated specially discounted rates with a wide range of hotels. Please click on the link to preview the website: https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/links/IPDM2016

Accommodation will be sold on a first come, first served basis and the published rates will be available until 1st May 2016. Book now to avoid disappointment and secure your discounted rate! 
When your room is reserved you will receive an immediate confirmation by email.


The Conference will take place in the
Technology and Innovation Centre at University of Strathclyde
(99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD)


The Conference will start on Sunday afternoon June 12 with registration and welcome reception. The academic programme of the Conference will formally start at 08.30am on Monday June 13 and is scheduled to end at approximately 05.00pm on the following day.


The below fees include :

  • Participation to conference
  • The conference USB key containing the full papers (ISSN number)
  • The 2 lunches
  • The welcome reception
  • The conference dinner
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Full attendance to the Doctoral Seminar (for the Accepted PhD Students only !! )
For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
492,00 € (including 82,00 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 600,00 € (including 100,00 € VAT)

Cancellations made before June 17, 2016 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access




Ms. Graziella Michelante - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 62 - Fax:
Email: michelante@eiasm.be