May 25, 2015

Call for Papers: WOIC 2015

Adapted from the (#WOIC2015) World Open Innovation Conference 2015 website:

Call for Papers
and Special Issue of California Management Review

Abstract submission Deadline: June 21, 2015

Conference Chair: Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley / ESADE
Program Chair: Joel West, Keck Graduate Institute
Academic Program Chair: Marcel Bogers, University of Southern Denmark
Industry Program Chair: Solomon Darwin, UC Berkeley

Open innovation have been changing both the practice and theories of innovation since the publication of the first Open Innovation book in 2003. Open Innovation provides insights for how firms can harness the inflows and outflows of knowledge to improve the firm’s innovation success. At the same time, Open Innovation has also become a popular (and well cited) area of innovation research.

To help identify and develop the best new theoretical and applied research in Open Innovation, we are organizing the second annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC). While the first WOIC was held in Napa Valley in 2014, the second WOIC will be held in Santa Clara, in the center of Silicon Valley. Our Silicon Valley location will allow attendees to see how the principles of Open Innovation are being applied by the leading high-technology companies of the world.

As in 2014, the conference will allow leading and emerging Open Innovation scholars to present their work, interact with other scholars studying related topics, and hear the latest trends in Open Innovation research. In additional to research papers, the conference seeks to engage Open Innovation managers to understand and discuss future research on the key challenges they face today, and a separate Call for Problems will be used to identify relevant problems and attract managerial participants.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of California Management Review: as such, both traditional research papers and those with a more managerial orientation are sought. The conference will also feature two new awards, namely a Best Student Paper Award and a Best Emerging Scholar Paper Award.


Two types of submissions are being sought:
  • Call for Problems: managers and other practitioners of Open Innovation are encouraged to submit a non-confidential description of their problems. For the exact format, see the conference Call for Problems.
  • Research Papers: extended abstracts (1,500-3,000 words) for empirical or conceptual papers — with theoretical and/or managerial implications — will be considered for the research paper portion of the program. Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be required to submit a complete paper prior to the conference; no paper will be required for poster presentation.
The submission website will be available early June. The program committee and reviewers will evaluate proposals, but will not provide feedback on the proposals.

Abstracts for research papers will be evaluated along the following criteria:
  • Theoretical contribution
  • Methodological rigor
  • Clarity of writing
  • Fit to conference theme
  • For CMR-oriented papers: Managerial relevance (as defined by CMR)
The conference organizers will be editing a special issue of California Management Review. At the time of submission, authors will have the chance to indicate whether or not they wish to be considered for the special issue. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to participate in the special issue, which will be subject to further reviews after the conference.

Awards for Best Paper by Student and Emerging Scholar

The conference will also be presenting an award for the best student (single-authored or being lead author) paper and best emerging scholar (PhD awarded 2010-2015) paper. At the time of submission, authors will asked to indicate whether or not they are eligible for either of these awards.

  • June 21, 2015 (midnight PDT): extended abstract submission deadline
  • July 15, 2015: notification of accepted papers
  • August 15, 2015: registration deadline for accepted papers
  • November 1, 2015: submission of completed papers
  • November 19-20, 2015: conference in Santa Clara

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