~ Special Call for Submissions ~

Authors should note that the general call for submissions for the XXXI Conference remains closed, with a record number of submissions, but in response to the crisis-driven circumstances that individuals and organisations face, ISPIM has opened a Special Call for Contributions on Crisis-driven Innovation

At the turn of the year, the world was a quite different place. We were looking forward to another good year that would include major sporting events such as the Olympics and EURO 2020. We were planning our largest ever conference that was due to take place in Berlin. Then everything changed and now the coronavirus pandemic has us confined to our homes. However, our lives continue and we must adapt to our circumstances. The world will be a very different place when we emerge from this crisis, and how we innovate as individuals and organisations in this time of crisis will determine what it looks like. 

We invite submissions from all sectors of the Innovation Management Community that can help people and organisations respond to the political, social, economic or technological problems stemming from the coronavirus crisis. Submissions need not be the result of in-depth research. Moreover, we seek practical, insightful and reasoned submissions in the form of stories, examples, tools, frameworks etc, which are fresh and useful in the current situation. Authors can discuss suitability at admin@ispim.org


Crisis-driven, Values-based and sustainability-oriented innovation management:

  • Crisis-driven Innovation (Special call open until April 24th)

  • Values-based Innovation Management 

  • Innovation Management to address the UN’s SDGs

  • Sustainability-oriented Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Scaling strategies/Diffusion Polices for Environmental Innovation

  • Impact measurement and sustainability assessment of start-ups

  • Transition Strategies for Growing and Transforming Cities

  • Circular Innovations in a Circular Economy

You are invited to share insights on the focus topics or on other key societal challenges related to sustainable development, and to provide and demonstrate approaches, solutions and best practices for values-based and sustainability-oriented innovation management.

Changing customer and stakeholder values and normative frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations create new challenges and opportunities for innovation. We call for demonstrations of innovation approaches and solutions for key societal challenges on local, regional and global levels and how these can create our common innovation future.


  • AI and Innovation (inc. Big Data) more...*

  • Business Models more…

  • Circular Economy

  • Creativity in Innovation (by EACI)

  • Design and Design Thinking for Innovation

  • Digital Disruption & Digital Transformation*

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Start-Ups & SMEs

  • Futures & Foresight*

  • Health, Healthcare & Innovation Management

  • Innovation Leadership & Organisational Culture

  • Innovation Management Methods for Industry*

  • Innovation Policies & Instruments

  • Innovation Standards & Certification*

  • Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching*

  • Living Labs*

  • Measurement of Innovation

  • Methods & Skills for Innovation Management Research*

  • Open Innovation for Innovation

  • Platforms, Ecosystems and Supply Chains

  • Responsible Innovation*

  • Social Innovation

  • Transferring Knowledge for Innovation

* Special Interest Group

~ Submission Deadlines ~

  • 24 April 2020Outlines

  • 28 April 2020: Acceptance Notification

  • 1 May 2020: Final Submissions (including abstracts, papers, profiles & photos) PLUS registration & receipt of payment

  • 29 May 2020: Presentation Slides


~ Proceedings ~

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN and included online in EBSCOhost and ProQuest.  Authors may withhold their papers from proceedings on request.

Leading papers will form Special Issues in both International Journal of Innovation Management (General Topics and also an Issue on Managing Values for Innovation) and Technology Innovation Management Review. Selected papers on Living Labs will be considered for a Special Issue in Sustainability and submissions on Digital Disruption & Digital Transformation will be considered for the Springer Series Management for Professionals

Selected papers will also be entered, where suitable, into ISPIM's associated journals: Creativity and Innovation Management; Futures & Foresight Science; International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management; International Journal of Technology Management; International Journal of Technology Marketing; R&D Management Journal; Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Technovation.

~ Awards ~

The Knut Holt Award
for Best Paper

The Alex Gofman Award
for Best Student Paper

The Scientific Panel Award

The PhD Dissertation Award

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~ Media Partners ~


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