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LEICESTER, U.K., JUNE (9) 10-11, 2019


The 26th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC) will be held from the reception and registration on Sunday June 9th to Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, at the School of Business, University of Leicester, Leicester, England

The associated doctoral workshop will take place from Saturday and Sunday June 8th- 9th, 2019. 

IPDMC has established itself as the leading annual international conference in the domain of innovation management and new product development. Papers presented at the meeting come from multiple disciplines. Closely related fields such as technology management, entrepreneurship, marketing of innovation, 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 known as friendly and supportive.


The 2019 conference will continue to reflect the achievements, challenges and development of the field of Innovation and Product Development Management through academic paper presentations, challenge sessions, industry engagement, academic keynotes and roundtable discussions on key themes. The conference aims to provide all participants with opportunities to hear, think and contribute creatively to the continuing formation of our field.

Like others the 2019 conference does not have a specific title or theme. We intend to facilitate the broad and inclusive nature of the conference and the community of innovation and new product/service development researchers and practitioners. In particular, 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, policy and social 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 themes are indicative of the research topics and tracks to which papers can be submitted:

► Creativity in New Product Development

► Design Issues  and Innovation by Design

► Emerging and Early Research (Young Scholars Track)

► Engineering, Production and Supply Issues in Innovation and  Product Development

► Innovation Management in Start-ups, Small Firms and Collaborative Enterprises

► Innovation Management for Resilience

► Innovation Strategies and Leadership

► Managing Knowledge and Information Systems in New Product Development

► Managing Innovation in IT, AI and Software

► Managing Sustainability in Innovation and Product Development

► Marketing, Markets and Users of Innovations

► Networks and Alliances in New Product Development

► New Methods and Methodological Issues in Innovation Research

► New Trends and Ideas in Innovation

► Open Innovation

► Organising New Product Development

► Radical Innovation

► Service Innovation and New Service Development

► Social, Frugal and BoP Innovation

► Theory Development in Innovation Research



Normal sessions are structured with 20 minutes presentations and 10 minutes discussions of papers. Unless presenters indicate otherwise however participants will be allocated to the ‘Challenge Session’ format.

In Challenge Sessions,   as well as presenting their own paper in a slightly shorter time of 15 minutes, each presenter reviews one of the other papers in the session and acts as discussant. Following the author’s 15 minute presentation, the designated reviewer presents a constructive assessment and review of the paper with questions when appropriate questions for 5 minutes. The reviewer can show just one PowerPoint slide to summarize the main points or issues. Challenge sessions end with a normal 10 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 out of challenge sessions and to present their paper in the normal format.

Roundtable panels with well-known and well established researchers, practitioners and journal editors will debate trends in the field both regarding issues and research approaches. Conference participants will be invited to participate in the panel debates with comments and questions.



Click HERE to upload the Conference Final Programme.

and see HERE the list of Challengers Sessions


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.

Authors submit an extended abstract of about 500 words in length on/before November 5, 2018. 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.

The review process examines over 300 submissions each year.  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) noting acceptance or rejection of the extended abstract. Feedback is provided in all cases. Some author(s) of accepted abstracts may be requested to address specific perceived shortcomings or omissions prior to submitting final papers.  

Author(s) of accepted abstracts are expected to submit final papers. 

Conference registration and participation by the author (or at least one co-author) is required for publication in the conference on line proceedings. 


The Winners of  the Christer Karlsson Best Paper Award are : 

Christian Lüthje & Tobias Ebbing
- Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Innovation Marketing
for the paper entitled
“Pricing of Household Sector Innovation”

Runners up

Thomas Gillier & Fiona Schweitzer
- Grenoble Ecole de Management -
for the paper entitled

 “An Idea’s Value is in the Eye of the Beholder: the Roles of Cognitive Styles and Leeway in Criteria Use in NPD Idea Evaluation Processes”


Antonella Moretto, Daniel Trabucchi, Tommaso Buganza & Alan MacCormack
- School of Management - Politecnico di Milano & Harvard Business School -
for the paper entitled
”Disrupting the Disruptors or Enhancing Them? How the Blockchain Re-Shapes Two-Sided Platforms."

The Winner of  the Thomas Hustad Best Student Paper Award

Christian Resch
- Technische Universität Darmstad -
for the paper entitled

“Generalists or Specialists – Who Has New Ideas? The Interaction Between Knowledge Breadth and Broker Status in Online Maker Communities”

Co-author: Alexander Kock

 Runners up : 

Carsten Kaufmann
- Technische Universität Darmstadt -
for the paper entitled

“Real option thinking as behavioral attitude to improve portfolio innovativeness and portfolio success”

Co-authors: Alexander Kock & Hans Georg Gemünden


Hendro A Tjaturpriono
- School of Business and Economics Universitas Prasetiya Mulya Indonesia -
for the paper entitled

“Unraveling the Routines in New Product Development Portfolio Management”

Co-authors: Keith Goffin & Andrey Pavlov



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 in other associated aspects of policy, practice and society are also welcomed. 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.


The Doctoral Workshop is an important and integral part of the IPDMC conference. It will start on Saturday June 8th at noon, with a light lunch, and will continue through Sunday, June 9th, 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. For students where their PhD dissertation is not planned as a monograph but as a series of articles on a common theme, then the candidate can present a part of her/his work.

The whole workshop is very interactive and will give small groups (of typically 4 students) several hours of intensive discussion about their research with a faculty member. Other sessions will be in-plenary, focused on general topics of interest to Ph.D. Students, such as: identifying interesting and researchable topics, publishing your research, and managing your academic career.

Students will be asked to fully prepare for the Doctoral workshop, including preparing a 10-20-page comprehensive description of their research (pdf); reading other students’ descriptions; and some pre-course reading from textbook(s).

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

The application deadline is over !



Leicester is a friendly multicultural city, bursting with heritage and culture. Discover a wonderful range of attractions, shopping and festivals. It’s a fascinating city with something of interest for all ages. Victoria Park, adjacent to campus, is just one of many large spaces in Leicester providing room for both people and nature.

You’ll be surprised by how much there is to discover.

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back at least two millennia. Leicester's historical buildings include the 14th century Guildhall and Jewry Wall, one of the largest surviving pieces of Roman architecture in Britain.

The city is famous for its association with King Richard III who mustered his army here in 1485 and was buried in a Leicester church after being defeated and killed at the Battle of  Bosworth Field. The king's lost grave was found in 2013 by University of Leicester archaeologists. His remains were reinterred in Leicester Cathedral which has the Richard III Visitor Centre nearby.

The University's own Attenborough Arts Centre combines exhibitions of contemporary art with theatre, comedy, dance and music plus a wide range of courses, from guitar to silversmithing. It has a particularly strong track record on performances by and/or for disabled people and also hosts many events for small children.

The Curve is one of the most spectacular, state-of-the-art theatres in the UK with major touring productions regularly visiting. Richard Attenborough first trod the boards at The Little Theatre which is still regarded as one of the country's premier amateur theatre companies in the UK, while the Sue Townsend Theatre presents a mix of performances by local and national companies.

New Walk Museum and Gallery has collections of dinosaur fossils and Egyptian mummies as well as a collection of artworks including ceramics by Picasso. The museum also welcomes a vast array of temporary exhibitions, touring exhibitions from national museums and a programme of contemporary art and craft displays.

In 2016, ESPN ranked Leicester number one in their list of the UK's Greatest Sporting Cities. All sports fans will be aware of the remarkable story of Leicester City FC and their phenomenal Premier League title victory in 2016 overcoming odds of 5,000/1 and making headlines all over the world.

The formidable Leicester Tigers have an illustrious history dating back to 1880 and are the best-supported and most successful club in English rugby. Come along to Welford Road and hear the Tigers roar!

Leicester is also home to the oldest basketball club in Britain - Leicester Riders. In January 2016 the Riders moved to a new home in the 3,000-capacity Leicester Arena and were crowned League Champions.


Here is a guide on the places to visit in Leicester.




Conference Chair:

Michael SAREN - University of Leicester, School of Business, U.K.

Conference Board : 

Paul COUGHLAN - Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland – Chair 
Abbie GRIFFIN - University of Utah, U.S.A., 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 - Conference Chair 2018
Keith GOFFIN - Cranfield School of Management, U.K.
Armand HATCHUEL - Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
Erik Jan HULTINK - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Helen PERKS - University of Nottingham, U.K.
Michael SAREN - University of Leicester, School of Management, U.K. - Conference Chair 2019

Conference Scientific Committee: Conference Board plus: 

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
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 - TU Berlin - Germany

Local Organising Committee :

Michael SAREN - Professor of Marketing, University of Leicester, School of  Business, U.K.
William GREEN  - Associate Dean Research, University of Leicester, School of  Business, U.K.
Marta GASPARIN -  Deputy Director Doctoral Program, University of Leicester, School of Business, U.K.
Steve CONWAY - Associate Dean International, University of Leicester, School of Business, U.K.
Helen GOWOREK - Faculty Director of Enterprise, University of Leicester, School of Business, U.K.
Winnie ONYAS - Lecturer Innovation & Marketing, University of Leicester, School of Business, U.K.


The University of Leicester School of Business is ranked 14th out of 101 in the most recent UK-wide business school ranking for its research power (REF 2014). The School is active in several disciplinary areas for Marketing, Design and Innovation Studies with a specific focus on an interdisciplinary, social and critical agenda. There are 144 academic staff; 45 in Professional Services; 2189 UG students; 889 PG students; 198 PGR      students; 2244 Distance learning students. The conference will take place all on the main campus site with all facilities in close proximity and hotels and accommodation nearby.

Leicester is the heart of England within easy reach of major international airports and rail services. The campus 15 minute walk from the train station:


  • London Heathrow & Stansted (<2hr),
  • London Luton & Birmingham (<1hr),
  • East Midlands (<45mins)

Direct train services:

  • London St. Pancras
  • Paris & Brussels (EuroStar)



The following link indicates the hotel availabilities in Leicester : 



There are a total of 850 bedrooms within walking distance from campus. Hotels include budget (Ibis, Premier Inn), mid-range (Ramada Encore, Mercure, Holiday Inn and Belmont Hotels) and boutique accommodation (Maiyango). The University of Leicester owned College Court additionally offers mid-range accommodation for about 120 delegates at close distance. Rates are very reasonable for ensuite rooms with breakfast.

The following are hotels that are in close proximity to the University of Leicester

Hotels within 1 mile of the University:

Belmont House Hotel
E: reservations@thebelmonthotel.co.uk
W: www.belmonthotel.co.uk 

You are requested to book directly by phone or email and will need to quote the code: GA001293, as the rooms are on a group.

Closing date for bookings will be 17th May, any rooms not taken will be released.

Ibis Hotel (Leicester City Centre)
W: www.ibishotel.com

Premier Inn (Leicester City Centre)
W: www.premierinn.com

Hotels within 1 to 1.5 miles of the University:

Holiday Inn Express
W: www.hiexpress.com

Mercure Hotel (Leicester City)
E: 102rs@jupiterhotels.co.uk
W: www.mercure-leicester-city.com

Ramada Encore
W: www.ramada.com/hotel/37510




The fees include :

  • Participation to the conference
  • The 2 lunches
  • The welcome reception
  • The conference dinner
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments during the 2 days  
For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
516,00 € (including 86,00 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 660,00 € (including 110,00 € VAT)

Cancellations made before May 15, 2019 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