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ONLINE, JUNE (7) 8-9, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to introduce challenges to our society, economies and institutions, EIASM together with the IPDMC 2020 Local Organising Committee, the Conference Chair and Vice-Chair and the Board have engaged intensively over the past week. Even if the current lockdowns and travel bans are lifted before early June, it is difficult to see how academic travel will be back to normal at that time.

The clear commitment emerging from our discussions has been to maintain our community of research-active faculty and students as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, we recognise that the careers of younger faculty and Ph.D. students may suffer if all academic conferences are cancelled or significantly postponed in 2020.

So, we have decided to


and to change to a


to be delivered online.

Please expect further updates throughout the coming weeks. As you will appreciate, we will need a little time to finalise the practicalities. We will amend the remainder of the website and we will keep you up-to-date.




The 27th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC) will be held from the reception and registration on Sunday June 7th to Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, at Campus Carolus, KU Leuven, Antwerp, Belgium.

The associated doctoral workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday June 6th-7th, 2020. 

Antwerp as a city has a lot to offer in terms of culture, arts and leisure. We plan to organize a number of socio-cultural events as well as small scale research meetings during the weekend (June 6 & 7) for early travellers/arrivals.

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 2020 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.

In 2020, we aim to cover a broad range of established and emerging topics relevant to innovation and product development (see below). In addition, we encourage and welcome contributions that address the broader relevance and impact of innovation, technology and product development on society and the environment.

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.


Stanford University Graduate School of Business
The Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management, U.S.A.

Professor Burgelman is the Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he has taught since 1981. He obtained a Licenciate degree in Applied Economics from Antwerp University (Belgium), and an MA in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Management of Organizations from Columbia University, where he studied with doctoral fellowships from the Ford Foundation (US) and ICM (Belgium). His research has focused on the role of strategy-making in firm evolution. In particular, he has studied the strategy-making processes involved in how companies enter into new businesses and exit from existing ones to secure continued adaptation.  In 2003 he received an honorary doctorate from the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) for his contributions to the study of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2017 he received an honorary doctorate in economics of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), as well as the Leadership in Technology Award from the Portland International Center for Engineering and Technology Management (PICMET 2017).  He has been elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Management. Professor Burgelman has been on the faculty of Antwerp University, New York University, Harvard Business School (as a Marvin Bower Fellow), and Cambridge University (as a Visiting Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation at the Judge Business School). He has published many articles in leading academic and professional journals, as well as more than 160 case studies of companies and organizations in many different industries. His books include Inside Corporate Innovation: Strategy, Structure, and Managerial Skills (Free Press, 1986), Research of Technological  Innovation, Management and Policy (JIA Press, Elsevier; Volume 4, 1989; Volume 5, 1993; Volume 6, 1997; and Volume 7, 2001), Strategy is Destiny: How Strategy-Making Shapes a Company’s Future (Free Press, 2002), Strategic Dynamics: Concepts and Cases (McGraw-Hill, 2006), Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation (5th edition, McGraw-Hill-Irwin, 2009), and Becoming Hewlett Packard: Why Strategic Leadership Matters (Oxford University Press, 2017). Professor Burgelman has served as an Associate Editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2007-2013. He has served as the Executive Director of the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) during 1996-2015, and has taught executive programs and led senior and top management seminars for major companies worldwide. He has also served on boards of directors and boards of advisors of several private companies.

Institute of Technology & Innovation Management -
Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

Professor Cornelius Herstatt is a German researcher and university professor for innovation management. He holds a chair at the Technical University of Hamburg, is the Managing Director of the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management at the Technical University Hamburg and heads the Center for Frugal Innovation (CFI). After a commercial apprenticeship, he studied business administration and economics at the universities of Cologne, Zurich and Oxford. He received his doctorate from the Institute for Business Research at the University of Zurich and worked for five years as a scientific assistant at the Institute of Business Administration at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. In 1990 he was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-Boston). Before being appointed professor in 1998, Prof. Herstatt held various management positions at an international management consultancy and a Swiss industrial group. In his research, Herstatt has been dealing with the phenomenon of "user innovation" since the 1980s. With the advent of the Internet, his research increasingly focused on "open source innovation" in (Internet-) communities. In recent times, he has been particularly interested in so-called "frugal innovations", which often emerge in the context of developing countries and are often a driving force again for user innovation. Another current focus is his research on social innovations in developing countries. Prof. Herstatt's research is internationally oriented and focuses on Asia and Europe. He researches and publishes together with international colleagues. Herstatt is the author of many books on innovation research and several hundred publications in German, English and Japanese. Herstatt has held visiting professorships at Australian, Japanese and American universities and is an alumnus of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the German Institute for Japanese Studies, the East-West Center (Hawaii) and Templeton College (Oxford).


Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Digital Engineering at the University of Potsdam, Germany

Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, MBA is full-tenured Professor for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Potsdam. Before returning to university, she has worked for several years in the semiconductor, management consulting, and eBusiness industry. She has published various articles in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, and project management in leading scholarly and practitioners’ journals. She holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Berlin, a diploma in business engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and an MBA from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

She teaches Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology management on a bachelor, master and executive level at national and international universities. Katharina is also coach at the HPI School of Design Thinking since 2009 and member of the Design Thinking Research Program since 2014. Since 2015, she is Editor-in-Chief of 'Creativity and Innovation Management' (CIM). In 2018, Katharina Hölzle was appointed a member of the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI), and in 2019, appointed to the High-Tech Forum of the Federal Government. She has been a visiting professor to the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Bejing, and to the UTS Business School and Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) in Sydney.

In her research fields, Katharina Hölzle looks into creativity and innovation in organizations, Design Thinking, digitalization, business model innovation, and strategic foresight. She consults young and established companies in the field of technology-driven business model innovation, digitalization, strategic technology, and innovation management



Dr. Piret Tõnurist project manager and leads the work on systems thinking, innovation measurement and anticipatory innovation governance at the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI). She coordinates OPSI’s work on transformative innovations, innovation theory development and works directly with OECD member countries on their complex problems.  Piret holds a research fellowship at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, TalTech and she conducts research on a variety of topics such as innovation labs, co-production, digitalisation, machine-to-machine coordination and innovation policy management. She has previously advised the Parliament of Estonia and worked as a performance auditor for the State Audit Office in the field of innovation and entrepreneurial policy. She is an active proponent of purpose-driven change in the public sector and has collaborated with different governments, state-owned enterprises and innovation labs across the world.  Piret holds a PhD and MA from TalTech in technology governance and MSc from KU Leuven in policy evaluation. She can be found on Twitter at @PiretTonurist

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation.  Professor Tucci was Dean of the College of Management from 2013-2018. He is Visiting Professor of Innovation at Imperial College London and Visiting Thought Leader at CEIBS in Shanghai, China.  He received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; SM (Technology & Policy) from MIT; and BS (Mathematical Sciences), AB (Music), and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University. He was an industrial computer scientist involved in developing Internet protocols and applying artificial intelligence tools in the 1980s. Professor Tucci joined EPFL in 2003 where he teaches courses in Design Thinking, Digital Strategy, and Innovation Management. His primary area of interest is in how firms make transitions to new business models, technologies, and organizational forms. He also studies crowdsourcing, Internetworking, and digital innovations.  He has published articles in, among others, Academy of Management Review (AMR), SMJ, Management Science, Research Policy, Communications of the ACM, SEJ, Academy of Management Annals, and JPIM.  His article with Allan Afuah, “Crowdsourcing as solution to distant search,” won the Best Paper of 2012 for AMR.  He is currently an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Discoveries.  He has served in leadership positions in the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Strategic Management Society.


Twente University, The Netherlands

Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is distinguished professor (universiteitshoogleraar) of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente. He is chair of the Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations research group and co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente. He is also honorary professor of Techno-Anthropology at Aalborg University, including its Copenhagen campus. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, in relation to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. In 2014, he received a VICI award from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (a personal grant for innovative research) to develop a theory of technological mediation, aiming to theorize how technologies play a mediating role in scientific practices, ethical frameworks, and religion, and how this mediating role of technologies can be included in design practices. Earlier he received a VIDI-award (2008), for studying human enhancement technologies and the blurring boundaries between humans and technologies, and a VENI-award (2004), for studying the moral significance of technology, and its implications for design. From 2010 until 2012 he held the Socrates chair of philosophy at Delft University of Technology; in 2006 he was guest professor of philosophy of technology at Aarhus University, Denmark.



The following themes are indicative of the research topics and tracks to which papers have been submitted :

  • Behavioural innovation
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Digital Innovation and Transformation
  • Emerging and Early Research (Young Scholars Track)
  • Emerging Technologies in Innovation
  • Innovation by Design
  • Innovation Ecosystems
  • Innovation in Emerging Markets
  • Innovation in Start-ups, Family Firms and SMEs
  • Innovation in Operations
  • Innovation Management for Resilience
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Leadership and Innovation
  • New Methods for Innovation Research 
  • Open Innovation
  • Radical and Disruptive Innovation
  • Service Innovation
  • Social and Frugal Innovation
  • Sustainable Innovation
  • Theory Development in Innovation
  • User and Community Driven Innovation



Regular Sessions (of one hour and a half) will consist of three papers. Each paper presentation (15 minutes) will be  followed by a 5 minutes discussion and a 10 minutes plenary Q&A. So besides presenting your own paper, each presenter is expected to contribute to the discussion of one of the other papers in the session.

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.

Thematic Sessions - In thematic sessions a number of speakers discuss a common topic or theme in a manner that brings new insights to the subject.
The thematic sessions involve a series of (co-)authored papers on a preset theme.


As part of the continuing development of IPDMC as a forum for development and diffusion of new research, we are introducing a Poster Session for IPDMC 2020.

So, perhaps you were not able to respond to the original Call for Papers (now closed). If so, please consider submitting a poster for presentation at the conference. It may give you that extra opportunity to present and discuss your ongoing  and emerging research.

For this first Poster Session, IPDMC plans to recognise the Best Poster with a special award.

If interested, please submit a one page abstract

by April 15  

(extended deadline).

Submit your 1 page abstract HERE


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 4, 2019. 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) 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 online proceedings. 

Final Papers must fulfil the following requirements:

The theoretical base must be clear, with explicit references to the already-existing research in the field.

The focus of the conference is on management issues, so empirical papers should include managerial implications.

Authors should note during the submission process via the website whether their paper is the work of an early career researcher (i.e. the paper is primarily the work of a researcher who has received their PhD in the last year) to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award


Only accepted abstracts can be further developed into full papers for publication conference online proceedings.

In order to be included in the conference program and the conference web site (only available to registered participants), accepted papers must be uploaded by April 15, 2020 

The guidelines for the preparation of your final paper are available HERE.

To upload your final paper :
(it is only possible to access the system if you are the corresponding author !!)

* go on the EIASM web site (http://www.eiasm.org)
* click on "My Profile (right top of the page)
* enter your login (which is your email)
* add your password (in case you have forgotten one of them, please follow the procedure indicated).
* At that stage, you see that the YOUR FINAL PAPER / CONDITIONAL PAPER is needed.

Clicking on "detail" enables you to upload the requested document
( - PDF format only – 2048 KB MAXIMUM !!!) + other files related to the submissions.

Please check the title of your submission in the system as well as co-authors names (if any) and if it is different from the title of the original submission, please modify it when submitting the final paper. 

* Once it is done, don't forget to click on the "save" button



IPDMC is a leading innovation management conference with unique, close links to two of the top journals in the field: Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) and Creativity and Innovation Management (CIM). In 2020, IPDMC is expanding its developmental aspect by offering for the first time two workshops in parallel on Sunday June 07.


Professional Development Workshop 1

Telling the Story and Showing the Evidence: How to Conduct Rigorous Case Study Research.
Led by Professors Keith Goffin, Par Åhlstrom, Mattia Bianchi and Anders Richtnér

This half-day workshop focuses on conducting high-quality case study research and publishing it in top journals. It expands on the recent study by Goffin et al (Journal of Product Innovation Management, 2019). As case study research is commonly-used in European universities, this is a highly relevant topic for an IPDMC ‘Development Workshop’.

Registration deadline: will be announced soon

Participation in this professional development workshop is free of charge to registered Conference participants. 


Click HERE to register.
(Note that you should first register to the main conference. 
Just click on "Confirm" in the registration form!)

Professional Development Workshop 2

Delivering High Quality, Professional, and Constructive Reviews to Academic Peers
Led by Professors Gloria Barczak and Abbie Griffin

High quality reviewing takes cognitive energy and is time consuming, which interferes with the other academic responsibilities of teaching, research and service to the department/university. For these reasons, Editors of peer-reviewed academic journals are finding it more and more difficult to obtain a sufficient number of high-quality reviews to make good decisions about submissions in a timely manner. The purpose of this workshop is to help faculty provide a high-quality review. To do this, we will: define what constitutes a “high quality review”, describe the benefits of reviewing, discuss the 5 R’s of reviewing, and provide a review template.  Advance preparation of materials (to be provided) is necessary as participants will discuss an example paper and its corresponding reviews, and the aspects of what makes a good vs weak review.

Registration deadline: will be announced soon

Participation in this professional development workshop is free of charge to registered Conference participants. 


Click HERE to register.
(Note that you should first register to the main conference. 
Just click on "Confirm" in the registration form!)



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(by Ken Schreiner)


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.


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 their wish to be considered for this award. A condition of consideration for the Best Student Paper award is a statement from the primary supervisor confirming the registration status of the student and that the work is primarily that of the PhD student. The author(s) will receive an award during the closing session of the conference. 


Conference Chairs:

Bart VAN LOOY - Catholic University of Leuven & Flanders Business School, Belgium
Petra DE WEERD-NEDERHOF - University of Twente, The Netherlands 
Koenraad DEBACKERE - Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Conference Board : 

Nuran ACUR - University of Glasgow, U.K.
Jennie BJÖRK, JENNIE -  KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Tommaso BUGANZA - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Paul COUGHLAN - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland – Chair
Petra DE WEERD-NEDERHOF - University of Twente, The Netherlands - Conference Co-Chair 2020
Koenraad DEBACKERE - Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium- Conference Co-Chair 2020
Antonio FERNANDES - University of Porto, Portugal - Conference Chair 2018
Keith GOFFIN - Cranfield School of Management, U.K.
Abbie GRIFFIN - University of Utah, U.S.A. - Conference Chair 2017
Armand HATCHUEL - Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
Katharina HÖLZLE - University of Potsdam, Germany
Erik Jan HULTINK - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Thomas HUSTAD - Indiana University, U.S.A. – Honorary Board Member
Christer KARLSSON - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark – Honorary Board Member
Hans KOLLER - Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Germany
Ann LEDWITH - University of Limerick, Ireland
Charles NOBLE -  University of Tennessee at Knoxville, U.S.A.
Helen PERKS - University of Nottingham, U.K.
Michael SAREN - University of Leicester,  U.K. - Conference Chair 2019
Jelena SPANJOL - Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Bart VAN LOOY - Catholic University of Leuven & Flanders Business School, Belgium - Conference Co-Chair 2020

Conference Scientific Committee: Conference Board plus: 

Gloria BARCZAK - Northeastern University, U.S.A.
Ludwig BSTIELER - University of New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Marina CANDI - Reykjavik University, Iceland - Conference Chair 2017
John CHRISTIANSEN - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Claudio DELL’ERA - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Anthony DI BENEDETTO - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
Tomoko KAWAKAMI - Waseda University, Japan
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