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The 24th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC) will be held from Sunday, June 11th to Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, at Reykjavik University in Reykjavik, Iceland. The associated doctoral workshop will take place from Saturday, June 10th to Sunday, 11th June, 2017.

Reykjavik University is a modern, dynamic university situated in the heart of Iceland's capital. It offers graduate and undergraduate studies in business, law, science and engineering, and computer science. Reykjavik University emphasises hands-on learning that prepares students for the challenges they will meet after graduation. This means working with other students completing actual, real world assignments and projects, often in collaboration with companies and institutions. This is one way in which students benefit from Reykjavik University's extensive links with industry. Classes are kept small to encourage interaction between students and professors. Reykjavik University is at the forefront of research in Iceland and has developed a productive and ambitious research environment.

IPDMC has established itself as the leading annual international conference in the domains of innovation management and new product development. Papers presented at the meeting come from multiple disciplines. Adjacent areas such as technology management, entrepreneurship, marketing of innovations, creativity, and design 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. It is the annual event for researchers in the field and serves as the annual meeting of a virtual society with participants enjoying coming back to meet colleagues. The ambiance is know as friendly and supportive.


Unlike in previous years, the 2017 conference does not have a specific theme. This is intended to signal the inclusive nature of the conference and the community of innovation and new product/service development researchers who participate. Submissions covering leading edge topics and new trends are welcome.

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/service development. This includes research on, but is not limited to, issues that are listed as the themes and areas for the conference below.

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.


The following are the themes under which research can be presented, in alphabetical order :

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

Challenge sessions

New in 2017, challenge sessions differ from traditional conference sessions in that in addition to preparing a presentation of his/her own work, each presenting author reviews one of the other papers presented in the session. Following each 20 minute presentation, the designated reviewer discusses the paper and asks questions for 5 minutes. The reviewer can prepare one PowerPoint slide to summarize his/her main points or issues. Challenge sessions end with 5 minutes of discussion with the session chair and audience.  

Challenge sessions provide the opportunity to receive additional comprehensive feedback on manuscripts and presentations. The abstract submission system gives authors the possibility to opt in to have their paper presented in a challenge session. Opting in allows authors to signal their interest in presenting under this format, but is not guaranteed.


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 4, 2016). 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 conference programme (version posted on May 29) is available by clicking HERE



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 condition of consideration for the Best Student Paper award is a statement from the primary supervisor confirming that the work is primarily that of the PhD student. The author(s) will receive an award during the closing session of the conference 


The ISSN number for the conference papers is :


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

The primary focus of the conference is on empirical research and managerial issues, although very high quality papers developing substantive theory will be considered. Regardless of the type of paper, the theoretical base must be made clear, and references to the extant research in the field must be made explicit.

A template must be used to submit (see 'call for papers' section).

The conference includes a Doctoral Workshop which will be held prior to the main conference.


Conference Chairs:

  • Marina CANDI - Reykjavik University, Iceland
  • Abbie GRIFFIN - University of Utah, U.S.A.

Conference Board :

  • Christer KARLSSON - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and EIASM – Chair
  • Thomas HUSTAD - Indiana University, U.S.A. – Vice chair
  • Paul COUGHLAN - University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland – Chair elect
  • Abbie GRIFFIN - University of Utah, U.S.A., Conference chair 2017 – Vice chair elect
  • Marina CANDI, Reykjavik University School of Business, Iceland – Conference chair 2017
  • John CHRISTIANSEN - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Petra DE WEERD-NEDERHOF - University of Twente, The Netherlands 
  • Koenraad DEBACKERE - Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Anthony DI BENEDETTO - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
  • Antonio FERNANDES - Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Keith GOFFIN - Cranfield School of Management, UK
  • Armand HATCHUEL - Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
  • Erik Jan HULTINK - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Helen PERKS - University of Nottingham, UK

Conference Scientific Committee : Conference Board plus:

  • Nuran ACUR - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland – Conference chair 2016
  • Gloria BARCZAK - Northeastern University, U.S.A.
  • Ludwig BSTIELER - University of New Hampshire, U.S.A.
  • Tommaso BUGANZA - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Albert DAVID - Paris Dauphine University, France
  • Susan HART - Durham University Business School, U.K. - Conference chair 2016
  • 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, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
  • Jose Luis MUNUERA - University of Murcia, Spain
  • Søren SALOMO - Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark


The Doctoral Workshop is an integrated part of the IPDMC conference (since Hamburg in 2008). It will start on Saturday June 10 at noon, with a light lunch, and will continue through Sunday, June 11, ending with lunch.

To stimulate academic scholarship, discussions of ideas and dialogue among students and researchers from different countries in the field of INNOVATION AND PRODUCT  DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT RESEARCH, we invite all doctoral students from these domains worldwide 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 her or his work.

Some sessions will be plenary sessions focused on general topics of interest to Ph.D. Students, such as: identifying interesting and researchable topics, publishing your research and academic career. 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.

Doctoral candidates interested in attending and presenting their research proposal and/or reflections on their work to date (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 description should include :
    Problems to be researched
    Prior research in the area that your project relate to
    Theoretical considerations
    Reflections on data collection and analysis.

We expect written materials to be between 5-10 pages in a pdf document.

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;


Chairs for PhD workshop:

Professor John K. CHRISTIANSEN, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Professor Armand HATCHUEL, MINES ParisTech, France

Faculty members :

Gloria BARCZAK, Professor, editor-in-chief the Journal of Product Innovation Management, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, U.S.A.
John K. CHRISTIANSEN, Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Paul COUGHLAN, Professor of Operations Management at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland
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, UK
Abbie GRIFFIN, Professor in marketing at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah, U.S.A.
Armand HATCHUEL, Professor,
Ecole Des Mines De Paris, France
Thomas, P. HUSTAD, Professor, Kelley School Of Business, Indiana University, U.S.A.
Christer KARLSSON, Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Application of the Submission
December 1, 2016

Acceptance to participate in PhD Workshop

January 16, 2017
Submission of final material to be discussed at workshop
May 15, 2017
Registration to the Doctoral Workshop and Conference April 4, 2017


ACCOMMODATION : book soon !!

Reykjavik is a very popular tourist destination so participants are advised to book their accommodations early. Most hotels within Reykjavik are conveniently located near public transportation.

Here are some hotel suggestions :

You can reach Reykjavik University conveniently from almost anywhere within the city of Reykjavik using the public transport system.
Full information can be accessed at www.bus.is.
Excellent taxi service is also available, see for example here: http://www.hreyfill.is/en/.

Several smaller guesthouses and hostels can be found on www.booking.com  or www.airbnb.com .


Iceland is served by over 20 airlines, all of which have scheduled flights to the International Airport in Keflavik. Frequent bus services are offered between the airport and hotels in Reykjavik. The bus trip takes about one hour. Taxis are also available and the trip by car takes 40-50 minutes. Reykjavik University is easily accessible by bus and some hotels are within walking distance.


Here is some information about sightseeing options:

If you plan to spend a couple of extra days in Iceland or will arrive early on the Sunday you have a large range of options for sightseeing. If you only have a few hours, wandering around Reykjavik on foot is a great way to spend an afternoon.

If you want to visit the Blue Lagoon before or after the conference, please make sure you book your ticket here: www.bluelagoon.com. Please note that pre-booking is required to visit the Blue Lagoon and the earlier you book the lower the price. Convenient transfers are available from Reykjavik Excursions (https://www.re.is/) and if you take this option you can book the transfer and ticket to the Blue Lagoon in one package.

The Reykjavik Sightseeing (http://reykjaviksightseeing.is/) tour operator offers a number of interesting day tours, including the classic „Golden Circle“ tour and the somewhat more adventurous „South Coast and Glacier“ tour.

Finally, if you are spending more than one extra day in Iceland, you might want to consider renting a car and exploring on your own. This is a particularly good option for groups of 2-4 people.



The Conference will take place at

Reykjavik University
located at
Menntavegur 1 - 101 Reykjavik

The Conference will start on Sunday afternoon June 11 with registration and a welcome reception. The academic programme of the Conference will start formally at 08.30am on Monday June 12 and is scheduled to end at approximately 6.00pm on the following day.


The 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
430,00 € (VAT Exempt)
For participants coming from another academic institution 550,00 € (VAT Exempt)

Cancellations made before May 20, 2017 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