May 9, 2014

CFP: 1st World Open Innovation Conference and Industrial & Corporate Change

1st Annual World Open Innovation Conference


Special Section of Industrial and Corporate Change

Silverado Resort, Napa, California: December 4-5, 2014

Conference Co-Chairs:
Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley / ESADE
Frank Piller, RWTH Aachen
Chris Tucci, EPFL
Joel West, Keck Graduate Institute

Call for Papers
Abstract submission deadline: July 115, 2014

Since the publication of the first Open Innovation book (Chesbrough, 2003), the ideas of open innovation have been changing both the practice and theories of innovation.

Through open innovation, firms can manage the inflows of external knowledge that can be harnessed in their own innovation efforts. They can also purposively direct outflows of knowledge to maximize the returns to internal innovation. Together, these purposively managed knowledge flows — when aligned to a firm’s business model — allow firms to maximize their returns from creating and commercializing innovations (Chesbrough & Bogers, 2014).

In its first decade, open innovation both changed the practice of innovation and how that practice was conceived. Open innovation provided a new conceptual paradigm that helped shift managers away from an inward-looking focus to one of external engagement, encouraging them to develop new models for creating and commercializing innovations.

During that same period, research on open innovation has brought new insights into the antecedents and consequences of the core inbound and outbound processes identified in the original Open Innovation manifesto. However, researchers have also identified new constructs, new approaches to measurement, new collaboration structures, new links to extant theory, and new empirical contexts. Nonetheless, there are many unanswered theoretical and empirical questions for open innovation, spanning multiple contexts and levels of analysis (Vanhaverbeke et al, 2014; West et al, 2014).

To help identify and develop the best new theoretical and applied research in this area, we are organizing the first annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC). The conference will allow leading open innovation scholars to present their work, interact with other scholars studying related topics, and hear the latest trends in open innovation research.

A special feature of the conference will be the engagement of open innovation managers to understand and discuss future research on the key challenges they face today. A separate Call for Problems will be used to identify relevant problems and managerial participants.

Conference papers will be selected by the co-chairs from among extended abstracts submitted through the conference website. Conference papers will be considered for publication in a special section of Industrial and Corporate Change that will be edited by the conference chairs.

Potential Topics

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
  • How firms organize to achieve open innovation
  • How open innovation shapes business models (and vice versa)
  • The use of open innovation by government and other not-for-profit entities
  • Coupled and network forms of open innovation collaboration
  • Open service innovation and the impact of open innovation upon new service offerings
  • The relationship between open and proprietary IP models and firm open innovation business models
  • The role of individuals in the open innovation process
  • Analyzing open innovation between or across multiple levels of analysis
  • Developing metrics for measuring the impact of open innovation
  • Linking open innovation to broader theories of management or economics
  • The moderating effects of organizational or national culture upon open innovation
  • The effect of government policies in helping (or hindering) open innovation
Additional information on these and other topics can be found in several recent literature reviews (Chesbrough and Bogers, 2014; Piller & West, 2014; Vanhaverbeke et al, 2014; West & Bogers, 2013; West et al, 2014).


Two types of submissions are being sought:
  • Research Papers: Extended abstracts for empirical or conceptual papers — with theoretical and/or managerial implications — will be considered for the research paper portion of the program.
  • Call for Problems: Managers and other practitioners of open innovation are encouraged to submit a confidential description of their problems. For the exact format, see the Call for Problems.
Both forms of submissions will be submitted via the conference online submission system. The program committee will evaluate proposals, but will not provide reviews of the proposals.

Research Papers and Industrial and Corporate Change

The conference chairs will be editing a special section of Industrial and Corporate Change. Research papers submitted to the conference will be considered for the special issue unless the authors indicate otherwise.

All research papers should be submitted in the following format:
  • Extended abstract: The total length (including title page, references, figures and tables) should be 1,500-3,000 words, single spaced, with standard fonts and margins.
  • Complete conference papers: Authors of all accepted papers (extended abstracts) are required to submit a double-spaced manuscript of 10,000 words or less prior to the conference. If possible, the title page and references should be formatted according to ICC style. This is the paper that will be shared with the discussant and (unless otherwise indicated) with other conference participants.
  • Special issue: Authors who wish to be considered for the special issue will submit a revised version of their paper after the conference to the ICC special section editors.
  • June 118, 2014: Submission system opens
  • July 15, 2014: Deadline for submission of research abstracts and calls for problems
  • August 1, 2014: Notification of accepted papers
  • September 1, 2014: Registration deadline for accepted papers
  • November 15, 2014: Final research papers due
  • December 4 (8:00am) to December 5 (5:30pm): conference at the Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, California.
  • January 2, 2015: Submission of research papers to the special section of Industrial and Corporate Change
  • Late 2015: Scheduled publication of ICC special section
  • Chesbrough, Henry (2003). Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Chesbrough, Henry and Marcel Bogers (2014). “Explicating Open Innovation: Clarifying an Emerging Paradigm for Understanding Innovation,” Chapter 1 in Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.†
  • Piller, Frank and Joel West (2014). “Firms, Users, and Innovation: An Interactive Model of Coupled Open Innovation,” Chapter 2 in Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.†
  • Vanhaverbeke, Wim, Joel West and Henry Chesbrough (2014). “Surfing the New Wave of Open Innovation Research,” Chapter 15 in Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke and Joel West, eds., New Frontiers in Open Innovation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.†
  • West, Joel and Marcel Bogers (2014). “Leveraging External Sources of Innovation: A Review of Research on Open Innovation,” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31 (4): 814-831. DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12125
  • West, Joel, Ammon Salter, Wim Vanhaverbeke, Henry Chesbrough (2014). “Open innovation: The next decade,” Research Policy, 43 (5): 805-811. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.03.001
† See book information

Conference Website

Update June 18: The conference website and online submission system are now live, and the submission deadline has been extended to July 15.

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