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As COVID-19 continues to introduce challenges to our society, economies and institutions, EIASM together with the IPDMC 2021 Local Organising Committee, the Conference Chair and Vice-Chair and the Board decided to deliver IPDMC 2021 purely in a



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(by Ken Schreiner)


The 28th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC) will begin with the reception and registration on Sunday June 6th and run until Tuesday, June 8th, 2021, at Campus Bovisa @ Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.

The associated doctoral workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday June 5th-6th, 2021. 

Milan is a vibrant city and considered as the business center of Italy.I It uniquely merges history with culture, leisure and a strong entrepreneurial DNA. We plan to organize a number of socio-cultural events  during the conference for those who will manage to travel to Italy.

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 valuable networking among innovation and product development management researchers, PhD students,  junior and 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 recognised as friendly and supportive.


The 2021 conference will continue to reflect and celebrate 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 2021, 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 environmental 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.

Uniquely, the Conference has close relationships with the Journal of Product Innovation Management and Creativity and Innovation Management. After the Conference, the Conference Board and Scientific Committee will encourage selected authors to submit their papers for review to the journals. .


The IPDM Conference is characterized by a strong long-lasting community of scholars that actively contribute to the conference and to the growth of the community itself. Our community will actively support the different tracks of the conference and are already engaged to be supportive and inspiring track chairs for the conference : 

Erik Jan HULTINK (Delft University, The Netherlands)
Chris SIMMS (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Graca Maria DE OLIVEIRA MIRANDA SILVA (Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Portugal)
Nancy BOCKEN (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
John CHRISTIANSEN (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Koenraad DEBACKERE (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Hans KOLLER (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Germany)
Erica MAZZOLA (Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy)
Christina RAASCH (KLU, Germany)
Tim SCHWEISFURTH (University of Southern Denmark)
Marta GASPARIN (University of Leicester, UK)
Peter RODGERS (University of Southampton, UK)
Tommaso BUGANZA (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Jelena SPANJOL (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
Pascal LE MASSON (MINES ParisTech, Paris, France)
Antonio FERNANDES (Universidade do Oporto, Portugal)
Susanne OLLILA (Chalmers University, Sweden)
Helen PERKS (University of Nottingham, U.K)
Carsten SCHULTZ (Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany)
Anders GUSTAFSSON (BI Norwegian Business School, Norway)
Christian KOWALKOWSKI (Linköping University, Sweden) 
Nuran ACUR (University of Glasgow, UK)
Raffaella CAGLIANO (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Petra DE WEERD-NEDERHOF (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Ian MC CARTHY (SFU Beedie School of Business, USA)
Marjolein CANIELS (Open Universiteit, The Netherlands)
Stefanie BENINGER (IE University, Spain)
Isabella HATAK (University of St.Gallen, Switzerland)
Cornelius HERSTATT (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany)
Jose Luis MUNUERA-ALEMAN (Universidad de Murcia, Spain)
Claudio DELL'ERA (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Marina CANDI (Reykjavik University's School of Business, Iceland)
Lisa CARLGREN (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
Jennie BJORK (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Katharina HOLZLE (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Charles NOBLE (The University of Tennessee, U.S.A.)
William GREEN (University of Leicester, UK)
Winnie ONYAS (University of Leicester, UK)
Søren SALOMO (TU Berlin, Germany)
Roberto VERGANTI (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden)
Ghita Dragsdahl LAURITZEN (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Priscilla KRAFT (WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany)
Nadine KAMMERLANDER (WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany) 
Regina MCNALLY (Saint Xavier University, USA)
Matteo KALCHSCHMIDT (Università degli studi di Bergamo, Italy)
Ann LEDWITH (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Josip KOTLAR (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Gloria BARCZAK (Northeastern University, U.S.A.)
Tomoko KAWAKAMI (Waseda, Japan)
Haisu ZHANG (New Jersey Institute of Technology, U.S.A.)
Linda HAMDI-KIDAR (TBS Business School, France)
Ludwig BSTIELER (University of New Hampshire, U.S.A.)
Tony C. GARRETT (Korea University Business School)
Paul COUGHLAN (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Nuran ACUR (University of Glasgow, UK)
Lawrence DOODLEY (University College Cork, Ireland)


Each paper presentation (15 minutes) will be  followed by a 5 minutes discussion and a 10 minutes plenary Q&A. As experts in the field, Track Chairs will moderate the discussion and are personally committed to give valuable feedbacks to each work presented.. So besides presenting your own paper, each presenter is expected to contribute to the discussion of one of the other papers in the session.



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 are invited to submit an extended abstract of about 500 words in length on/before November 17, 2020. 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 feedback and noting acceptance or rejection of the extended abstract. 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 before April 1, 2021. 

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 1st, 2021 

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



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:

Tommaso BUGANZA – Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Claudio DELL’ERA – Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Stefano MAGISTRETTI – Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Daniel TRABUCCHI – Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Roberto VERGANTI - Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

Conference Board & Scientific Committee: 

Paul COUGHLAN - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland – Chair
Abbie GRIFFIN - University of Utah, U.S.A. - Vice-Chair
Nuran ACUR - University of Glasgow, U.K.
Gloria BARCZAK - Northeastern University, U.S.A.
Jennie BJÖRK, JENNIE – KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, Editor Creativity & Innovation Management
Ludwig BSTIELER - University of New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Tommaso BUGANZA - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Marina CANDI - Reykjavik University, Iceland
John CHRISTIANSEN - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Claudio DELL’ERA - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
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 - University of Porto, Portugal
Marta GASPARIN - University of Leicester,  U.K.
Keith GOFFIN - Cranfield School of Management, U.K.
Will GREEN - University of Leicester, U.K
Armand HATCHUEL - Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
Cornelius HERSTATT – Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Katharina HÖLZLE - University of Potsdam, Germany, Editor Creativity & Innovation Management
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
Tomoko KAWAKAMI - Waseda University, Japan
Hans KOLLER - Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Germany
Priscilla KRAFT – WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
Ann LEDWITH - University of Limerick, Ireland
Pascal LE MASSON - MINES ParisTech, Paris, France
Erica MAZZOLA – Università degli Studi di Palermo, Sicily
Regina McNALLY - Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
Graziella MICHELANTE – EIASM, Belgium
Jose Luis MUNUERA - University of Murcia, Spain
Charles NOBLE -  University of Tennessee at Knoxville, U.S.A., Editor Journal of Product Innovation Management
Helen PERKS - University of Nottingham, U.K.
Deborah ROBERTS - University of York, U.K.
Søren SALOMO - TU Berlin - Germany
Michael SAREN - University of Leicester,  U.K.
Carsten SCHULTZ - Christian-Albrechts-University at Kiel, Germany
Jelena SPANJOL - Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, Editor Journal of Product Innovation Management
Bart VAN LOOY - Catholic University of Leuven & Flanders Business School, Belgium



Doctoral Workshop Chairpersons:

Keith GOFFIN - 
Research Professor, Stockholm School of Economics and Emeritus Professor Cranfield School of Management, UK

Pascal LE MASSON -  
Professor, MINES ParisTech, France

The Doctoral Workshop is an important and integral part of the IPDMC conference, which has been running successfully for over 10 years and was run in virtual format in 2020. In 2021, it will start on Friday June 4 at noon  will continue through Saturday June 5, ending around lunch time.

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 the 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. In addition, DBA researchers are very welcome and the extra challenges of their type of research will be discussed.

The workshop is very interactive and it gives small groups of students (typically 3) several hours of intensive discussion about their research with a senior faculty member. Plenary sessions will be focused on general topics of interest to doctoral students, such as: identifying interesting and researchable topics, publishing your research, PhDs ‘by publications’, case study 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 preparing questions on their work; and some pre-course reading. 



Note: students will be given feedback on their submission and will have the opportunity to submit an updated version 2 weeks before the workshop.


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 28 dostoral students. (Those who have attended in previous years have found the workshop to be very rewarding.)


Wednesday June 9 - 2PM (CET)
(3 hours session)

Professors Gloria Barczak and Abbie Griffin


Peer reviewing is an essential component of the academic research process. As noted by Tsang (2013), “A competent, well-crafted review provides constructive comments that help authors strengthen their paper, regardless of whether the paper is eventually accepted for publication” (Tsang, 2013, p. 168).  Unfortunately, most PhD students and junior faculty have not received formal training in how to do an effective peer review: they learn by the trial and error of doing or by working with their advisor, who is likely to be an experienced reviewer, though not necessarily a good one (Tsang and Frey, 2007; Smith, 2006). Raelin (2008) argues that more workshops on crafting peer reviews should be conducted for early-stage academics. In fact, at a recent North American Editor Symposium sponsored by Wiley & Sons Publishing, early career researchers voiced concerns about “how to handle and respond to peer reviews, as well as the difficulty in becoming a peer reviewer” (Tan and Tofts, 2019).

This workshop is designed to provide a foundation for young researchers (PhD students and junior faculty[1]) to enhance their skill at delivering high quality, professional, and constructive reviews to academic peers. The workshop will provide an overview of what constitutes a high-quality review, the myriad benefits of reviewing, the expectations (5 R’s) of high-quality reviewers, and a reviewing template.



Raelin, Joseph. 2008. Refereeing the Game of Peer Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, 7(1): 124-129.

Smith, Richard. 2006. Peer Review: A Flawed Process at the Heart of Science and Journals, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 99: 178-182.

Tan, Serena and Jon Tufts. 2019. The Challenges Faced by Early Career Researchers, The Wiley Network, June

Tsang, Eric W. K. 2013. Is this Referee Really my Peer? A Challenge to the Peer Review Process, Journal of Management Inquiry, 22 (2): 166-171.

Tsang, Eric W. K. and Bruno S. Frey. 2007. The As-Is Journal Review Process: Let Authors Own their Ideas, Academy of Management Learning and Education, 6(1): 128-136.



In order to prepare for the workshop, participants will be sent the article “Effective Reviewing for Conceptual Journal Submissions” by Griffin and Barczak, AMS Review, (2020) 10:36–48 to read one week prior to the workshop.


Part A:  Motivation for the Article/Book

Importance of Peer Review
The Problems
Definition of a “High Quality Review”

Part B: Pedagogy                                                                

Why it is important to review? What’s In It For Me (WIIFM)
Expectations of Reviewers – The 5 R’s
Types of papers one may expect to review

Part C: Review Template

Review Template

Part D: Q &A


 The number of participants is limited (maximum of 25 participants). Acceptance of the registration for the workshop is on a “first come, first served basis”




(registration details will be available soon)




Special fee reduction for PhD Students :

We are happy to inform you that EIASM is offering a 50 %  reduction on the conference attendance fees payable by PhD Students:

  • 105 EUR + VAT for PhDs from member institutions of the EIASM Academic Council;
  • 125 EUR + VAT  to the others. 

This offer comes with some conditions. It is applicable to the following:

  • PhD students who are sole authors of an accepted paper in the conference programme or
  • PhD students who are co-authors of an accepted paper. In this case, at least one other co-author (who is not a PhD student) should be registered also for the conference when requesting the reduction or
  •  Any PhD students interested in attending the conference (but not involved in a paper that will be presented at the conference)

To take advantage of the special offer, please send an email HERE attaching your CV. (create your profile in our system in case it does not exist yet -  www.eiasm.org ). You will then be invoiced accordingly.

If you are author or co-author of an accepted paper, please mention the title of the paper. On review, you will be invoiced accordingly.

Fee for the other participants :


For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
254,10 € (including 44,10 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 302,50 € (including 52,50 € VAT)

Cancellations made before May 10, 2021 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: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: michelante@eiasm.be