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Within the next decade the challenges of global climate change will affect almost everything: the products that we consume, the production processes and the supply chains, business models of many industries, and most of all our way of living. It will change our societies in general. Products and services will have to be developed from the beginning to optimally meet the requirements of a circular economy. Companies will need to develop their processes (procurement, development, manufacturing, sales and recycling) accordingly and establish partner networks that facilitate access to appropriate resources and knowledge. These fundamental changes will require a lot of product and process innovations in practice. At the same time it will also offer challenges and opportunities for innovation research. At the 29th IPDMC 2022 we need to talk about these challenges and opportunities.


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 2022 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 2022, we aim to focus on “Innovation in the Era of Climate Change” and still cover a broad range of established and emerging topics relevant to innovation and product development. Therefore, we specifically encourage and welcome contributions that address the relevance and impact of innovation, technology and product development in the context of Climate Change.

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.



Professor Dr. Michael Braungart is a professor at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. He is also the founder of EPEA International Environmental Research in Hamburg, the cradle of Cradle to Cradle, co-founder and scientific director of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, Virginia (USA), and founder and scientific director of the Hamburg Environmental Institute (HUI). For decades, Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart has pioneered the Cradle to Cradle design concept. He has worked with many organizations and companies in different industries to develop tools for designing eco-effective products, business models and intelligent material pooling. For his work, Michael Braungart was awarded, among others, the Golden Flower of Rheydt, the oldest environmental protection award in Germany, in 2019.



Global NIVEA Marketing Development and Innovation Management / Beiersdorf

Lars Zirpins has been working at Beiersdorf AG for over 20 years in marketing for the world's largest skin care brand: NIVEA. His areas of responsibility now cover a very broad profile - from classic global, regional, and local product management to global intelligence and the development of an internal consultancy to worldwide brand management including capability building. Since September 2019, Lars Zirpins reports to Beiersdorf's CMO, heads the Marketing Development department, and holds the role of Innovation Executive for NIVEA.




(to be confirmed!)

Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician and physician who is President of the European Commission since December 1st,  2019. Prior to her current position, she served in the Cabinet of Germany from 2005 to 2019, holding successive positions in Angela Merkel's cabinet, serving most recently as Minister of Defence. Von der Leyen is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its EU counterpart, the European People's Party (EPP). Von der Leyen is included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020. According to the treaties, the President decides on the organisation of the Commission and allocates portfolios to individual Commissioners. The President also sets the Commission's policy agenda.The President represents the Commission in European Council meetings, G7 and G20 summits, summits with non-EU countries and major debates in the European Parliament and the Council. President von der Leyen was appointed by national leaders and elected by the European Parliament after she presented her Political Guidelines. These guidelines were inspired by her discussions with the parliament’s political groups, as well as by the European Council’s strategic agenda for 2019-2024. They set the work of the European institutions around six headline ambitions for Europe for this period: a European Green Deal, a Europe fit for the digital age, an economy that works for people, a stronger Europe in the world, promoting our European way of life, a new push for European democracy


Further keynote speakers are to be announced later.


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: 

  • INNOVATION  in the Circular Economy and CRADLE-2-CRADLE 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.


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 30, 2021. 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 June 1, 2022. 



If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, you will be requested to submit your extended abstract (about 500 words)  

November 30, 2021
 (23:59 CET) 

Instructions to submit an abstract
(only pdf files are accepted!)

Click HERE to download the template to be used 
SAVE it into your files.
Fill in the items as requested.
Then click HERE to submit your proposal.

--- IMPORTANT---  
You will be redirected to the X-CD submission platform.
Note that the credentials used for your EIASM profile are not valid in the X-CD system
If you attended RENT 2020, you are already in the system, so enter your credentials in the dedicated box. If you are a First-Time of the X-CD abstract submission system, click on the “Create a Profile” button, and follow the instructions.



All abstracts are reviewed using a double blind review process. It is COMPULSORY that neither your name nor your contact details appear on the submission (the authors are recognized in the system via their login).

Submissions containing author’s information & submissions exceeding the wordcount requested will be deleted from the system !!!


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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, 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. 


The PhD workshop will take place at the premises of the Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg's Hafencity on July 16-17, 2022.

Doctoral Workshop Chairpersons:

Gloria BARCZAK - Professor Emeritus, Northeastern University, USA
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 since the 2008 IPMC in Hamburg. In 2020 and in 2021 it has been run in virtual format. In 2022, it will start on Saturday July 16 at noon, with a light lunch, and will continue through Sunday, July 17, 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 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 whose 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, challenges of doing a doctorate, 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. 

The deadline for students to submit the comprehensive description of their research is:

January 17, 2022

(submission link will be available soon)


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


Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin, as well as the overall 7th largest city and largest non-capital city in the European Union with a population of over 1.84 million. Hamburg's urban area has a population of around 2.5 million and its metropolitan area is home to more than five million people. The city lies on the River Elbe and two of its tributaries, the River Alster and the River Bille. One of Germany's 16 federated states, Hamburg is surrounded by Schleswig-Holstein to the north and Lower Saxony to the south. The official name reflects Hamburg's history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League and a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. Before the 1871 Unification of Germany, it was a fully sovereign city state, and before 1919 formed a civic republic headed constitutionally by a class of hereditary grand burghers or Hanseaten. Beset by disasters such as the Great Fire of Hamburg 1842, North Sea flood of 1962 and military conflicts including World War II bombing raids, the city has managed to recover and emerge wealthier after each catastrophe. Hamburg is Europe's third largest port, after Rotterdam and Antwerp. Major regional broadcaster NDR, the printing and publishing firm Gruner + Jahr and the newspapers Der Spiegel and Die Zeit are based in the city. Hamburg is the seat of Germany's oldest stock exchange and the world's oldest merchant bank, Berenberg Bank. Media, commercial, logistical, and industrial firms with significant locations in the city include multinationals Airbus, Blohm + Voss, Aurubis, Beiersdorf, and Unilever. Hamburg is also a major European science, research, and education hub, with several universities and institutions. The city enjoys a very high quality of living, being ranked 19th in the 2019 Mercer Quality of Living Survey. Hamburg hosts specialists in world economics and international law, including consular and diplomatic missions as the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the EU-LAC Foundation, and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, multipartite international political conferences and summits such as Europe and China and the G20. Both former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Angela Merkel, German chancellor since 2005, were born in Hamburg. Hamburg is a major international and domestic tourist destination. The Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2015. Hamburg's rivers and canals are crossed by around 2,500 bridges, making it the city with the highest number of bridges in Europe. Aside from its rich architectural heritage, the city is also home to notable cultural venues such as the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle concert halls. It gave birth to movements like Hamburger Schule and paved the way for bands including The Beatles. Hamburg is also known for several theatres and a variety of musical shows. St. Pauli's Reeperbahn is among the best-known European entertainment districts.


Local Conference Chairs : 

Cornelius HERSTATT - Hamburg University of Technology
Hans KOLLER - Helmut-Schmidt-University

Katharina HÖLZLE - University Potsdam
Christoph IHL - Hamburg University of Technology
Christian LÜTHJE - Hamburg University of Technology
Christina RAASCH - Kühne Logistics University
Carsten SCHULTZ - Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel

Consolidated list of Board and Scientific Committee Members :

Paul COUGHLAN - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland – Chair
Abbie GRIFFIN - University of Utah, U.S.A. - Vice-Chair
Annabeth AAGAARD – Aarhus University, Denmark 
Nuran ACUR - University of Glasgow, U.K.
Marine AGOGUÉ – HEC Montréal, Canada
Gloria BARCZAK - Northeastern University, U.S.A.
Judith BEHRENS – Solvay Business School, Belgium
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.
Katrin ELING – Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Antonio FERNANDES - University of Porto, Portugal
Marta GASPARIN - University of Leicester,  U.K.
Gerda GEMSER – RMIT-Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Thomas GILLIER – Grenoble School of Management, France
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
Alexander KOCK – Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
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
Miia MARTINSUO – Tampere University, Finland
Erica MAZZOLA – Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Regina McNALLY - Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
Graziella MICHELANTE – EIASM, Belgium
Pietro MICHELI – University of Warwick, U.K.
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
Monika SCHUHMACHER – University of Giessen, Germany
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
Kim VAN OORSCHOT – BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Claus VARNES – Copenhagen Business School, Denmark


IPDMC2022 will take place on the campus of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) . This is located in Heimfeld, a southern part of Hamburg. The easiest way to reach Heimfeld is to take the S-Bahn (S3) from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof or Hamburg Dammtor (S31). From the Heimfeld S-Bahn station, it is only a 5-minute walk to the TUHH campus.

The PhD workshop (Saturday/Sunday) will take place at the premises of the Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg's Hafencity. This can be easily reached from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof by taking the U4 to Überseequartier. From there it is only a few minutes' walk to the KLU campus.



Please find HERE a list of medium/low budget hotels which are easily reachable from the Campus by Public Transport. 



Details to be posted in the coming weeks.