The IPDMC established itself as a reference point in the innovation management landscape over the last 30 years.
Over these three decades, the innovation management field changed significantly. New frameworks emerged and showed their great power to explain innovation patterns and dynamics. Just to give a few references, when the conference began, models like disruptive innovation or open innovation were not published yet, not to speak about the more recent expansions in the design world and the human side of innovations.
Many other topics, models and streams emerged in these years, and our community embraced and discussed them over its past. What’s coming now? What are the driving forces that will guide the new emerging models and topics? Are we ready for the next 30s?
IPDMC 2023 aims to critically discuss how the innovation management field got here and open new discussions on where the field may go in the next decades.
Are you ready to join us in this discussion?
IPDMC has established itself as the leading annual international conference in the domain of innovation management and new product development. The 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 Ph.D. 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 2023 conference will continue to reflect the achievements, challenges, and development of the field of Innovation and Product Development Management through academic paper presentations, 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 2023, we will 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 various disciplines, including organisation studies, marketing, management, technology management, organisational psychology, creativity and design. Our 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 to Creativity and Innovation Management. A post conference paper development workshop will be organised for the invited papers.
The IPDM Conference is characterized by a strong, long-lasting community of scholars that actively contribute to the conference and the community's growth. 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:
New topics for the IPDM community in 2023 :
Minu Kumar (San Francisco State Univ, US)
►Foresight for Innovation Management
Evy Sakellariou (Kingston University London, UK)
►Agile beyond software for innovation
Giacomo Marzi, University of Trieste
►Circular Economy for Innovation
Andrea Urbinati (LIUC, Italy)
►Quadruple Helix Model of Innovation
David Johnson (Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK)
►Technological Innovation and Crowdsourcing in the Public Sector
Keegan McBride (Oxford Internet Institute, UK)
►Accelerating Innovation: Capabilities and Systems (Special Track for RTM Special Issues)
Mats Magnusson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm)
There are two ways of submitting your papers to IPDMC 2023. 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. For this reason, both when submitting the abstract and then when submitting the final document, authors will have the chance to pick the category that better fits their work:
This special type of paper will enable authors to discuss their work while in its developmental stage (for example, theory, method, positioning), so comments and feedback obtained at the conference can be incorporated in the final stages of research and writing
An important note: the initial category picked when submitting the abstract (Full Paper or Research Design Paper) is not binding and can be changed with the final submission.
The acceptance is based on the evaluation of an extended abstract (for both categories of papers).
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, well positioned internationally in the field. Each abstract is evaluated over the following dimensions:
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
Special Track on Accelerating Innovation:
IPDMC is collaborating on a Special Issue with Research-Technology Management.
All the information about the SI and the review process are available here: https://www.iriweb.org/iri-programs/research-technology-management-rtm/
The submission deadline is over
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 giving valuable feedback 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 IPDM Conference is a unique opportunity for researchers of different backgrounds but with a common interest in the 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 cooperation.
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.
Doctoral Workshop Chairpersons
The Doctoral Workshop is an important and integral part of the IPDMC conference. In 2023, it will start on Tuesday June 6th at 9 am, with a light breakfast, and will continue through Wednesday June 7th, 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 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, challenges of doing a doctorate, and managing your academic or industry career.
Students will be asked to fully prepare for the Doctoral Workshop, including preparing a 10-20-page comprehensive description of their research (pdf); and reading other students’ descriptions and preparing questions on their work.
The description of your research should include the following:
Depending on your thesis advancement, you might want to focus more or less on certain parts. In particular, if applicable, we recommend that you present the empirical analyses and results.
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.)
Local Conference Chairs
Tommaso BUGANZA - Politecnico di Milano, Italy (Conference Chair)
Scientific Committee members:
Annabeth AAGAARD - Aarhus University, Denmark
This is Lecco: at first glance, Lecco embodies the unique natural beauties of Italy. Lecco is a cultural landmark. If at first glance Lecco is not revealing much to the visitor, its centuries-old history of great successes in industrial and commercial fields reveals more hidden features tied to its manufacturing heritage of the iron wire and silk thread, evoking sensations and feelings related to the famous love story of Renzo and Lucia we read in The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni.
Lecco is a treasure chest of history: from the Duchy of Milan with the Visconti family to the Spanish and Austrian domination. Every age has brought with it construction and destruction today we can still admire in excellent condition the medieval tower in Piazza XX Settembre, known as the Torre Viscontea, and a stretch of the city walls, the so-called Vallo delle mura.
Lecco’s historic center lies on the shore of the lake, with its nineteenth-century style architectures, such as the arches of Piazza XX Settembre also visible in some other buildings. The typical expression of the neoclassical style is the Teatro Della Società (Theatre of Society) in Piazza Garibaldi.
The center offers a unique shopping experience with many fashion shops. Overlooking the lake is Piazza Cermenati with the view of the Basilica dedicated to the Saint patron of Lecco, St. Nicholas (Basilica di San Nicolò).
Lecco is close to Milan, the biggest city in the Northern part of Italy, and innovation capital of the Country. Lecco welcomes one of the Politecnico di Milano’s campuses – the leading technical university of the Country.
Lecco campus was established in 1989 thanks to Politecnico di Milano’s interest in being near the local industries and to Lecco’s need for an advanced research and training center that would foster its competitive development.
Lecco campus combines the qualified teaching and the research valorization skills of the most important Italian technical university with the features of a rich business and entrepreneurial land of international relevance.
Lecco campus stands out for an educational offer unique inside Politecnico, tailored on the industrial context and attentive to the specific demands of the job market.
The campus stretches over 40'000 square meters dedicated to teaching, research, e students services. An avant-garde facility consisting of classrooms for innovative didactics, research labs, and comfortable areas for students that live and study within the campus.
From the Linate and Malpensa airports: daily bus service from the airport to the Central Station of Milan, with a bus every 25 minutes (from Linate) and every 30 minutes (from Malpensa). From Malpensa, there is also a railway connection that leads directly to Milan Central Station, from there you take the train to Lecco (see below).
By train (Trenord):
From Milan: Central station and Porta Garibaldi train line Milan – Sondrio – Tirano. Travel time: 40 minutes for the express train and 1 hour for the local one
An important note from the organizers: joining IPDMC 2023 you will have the chance to enjoy the beauty of Lake Como, with a very short travelling time from the major Milan airports or train stations. Still…you will have the chance to visit Milan while arriving or leaving the conference!
Lecco is an industrial city, there are many hotels, Airbnbs and accommodations for both business and leisure travellers.