First, academic program chair Marcel Bogers points authors to the WOIC web page that lists the official judging criteria (a simplified version of the Academy criteria):
- Theoretical contribution
- Methodological rigor
- Clarity of writing
- Fit to conference theme
- Managerial relevance — for papers being considered for the special issue of California Management Review
- No need to include an abstract within your abstract.
- The lit review needs to be drastically shortened — as in a real paper (or a PPT deck) it should be no more than 25% of the body of the paper.
- Make sure your abstract communicates your contribution, not tells us what you hope your contribution will be someday. (If you don’t know yet, take your best guess — it will be better than ours).
- Use as many words as you need to prove your point. What is your evidence? What are your methods? Measures?
- Make the link to the conference theme explicit, as many papers were rejected for failing to notice that this is a conference about “open innovation” (as defined by the CFP). That said, the paper will be accepted based on its potential contribution, not on its fit to the conference.
- Don’t claim “there’s no theory in open innovation” and promise to be the first one to solve this problem. (NB: unless you’ve read every single article, it’s probably dangerous to claim to be the first to do anything in any research stream that’s 10+ years old).
We look forward to seeing another great batch of research for this year’s conference.