World Open Innovation Conference in University of California 2017


The World Open Innovation Conference is delighted to call for papers for her annual world open innovation conference at the University of California . The conference will allow leading and emerging innovation scholars to present their work, interact with other scholars studying related topics, and hear the latest trends in open innovation research. Eligibility extends to all countries and this award is provided by university of Berkeley

Application Deadline: 15th August, 2017

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All countries

To be taken at (country): San Francisco, California, USA

Conference Theme: Strategic and Public Policies for Open Innovation

About the Award: Open innovation describes “a distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries” (Chesbrough & Bogers, 2014: 17). It provides insights into how firms can harness inflows and outflows of knowledge to improve their innovation success (Chesbrough, 2003; Enkel et al., 2009; Laursen & Salter, 2006; Zobel, 2017). It has become a popular (and well cited) area of innovation research (Dahlander & Gann, 2010; Huizingh, 2011; West & Bogers, 2014; Randhawa et al., 2016).

To help identify and develop the best new theoretical and applied research in open innovation at and across different levels of analysis, we are organizing the 4th Annual WOIC.

We are seeking both traditional research papers and those with a more managerial or policy orientation. From the accepted submissions, we will be selecting two academic award winners: the Best Student Paper Award and the Best Emerging Scholar Paper Award.

A separate Call for Challenges will be used to identify relevant practical issues faced in managing innovation and attract industry participants, while the conference will also feature particular practitioner awards.

Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be required to submit a complete paper prior to the conference; no paper will be required for the poster presentation. The full papers will be shared among the conference participants, and a Book of Abstracts will be made available.

Offered Since: 2014

Type: Call for Papers

Eligible Field of Study: The conference seeks original research on a wide range of topics related to open innovation. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Open innovation in the digital age (specifically for papers to be considered for the special issue, see below for more information). • Open innovation across multiple levels of analysis. • The boundary conditions, moderating effects or contingency factors for open innovation. • The costs, downsides, failures, and negative effects of open innovation • Pecuniary and non-pecuniary mechanisms for enabling open innovation. • Communities, networks, ecosystems, alliances, and other coupled forms of open innovation. • Crowdsourcing, intermediaries, and other ways to organize open innovation. • The role of individuals in the open innovation process. • The role of human resource management practices in open innovation. • The role of technologies in helping (or hindering) open innovation processes. • The relation between open innovation, business models, and strategy. • Open versus proprietary intellectual property (IP) models for open innovation. • The impact of open innovation upon new service offerings. • The effect of government policies in helping (or hindering) open innovation. • The use of open innovation by government and other not-for-profit entities. • The relation between open innovation and entrepreneurship. • How organizational design promotes or hampers open innovation. • Linking open innovation to broader theories of management or economics. • The relation of open innovation (research) to other domains and disciplines, such as operations, finance, marketing, accounting, law, etc. • The role of functional areas beyond R&D, such as manufacturing and marketing, in absorptive capacity and open innovation. • Developing metrics and new research designs for measuring the impact of open innovation. • The interplay between internal and external knowledge flows in innovation processes. • How open innovation relates to other types of openness, such as open source, open science and open access. • How open innovation functions in different contexts, including SMEs, international business, and different industries (low-tech, creative industries, media, food, etc).

Eligibility:  To be eligible for the award:

  • the student or emerging scholar, respectively, must be the lead author or single author of the paper AND he or she must be the presenting author at the conference. At the time of submission, authors will be asked to indicate whether or not they are eligible for either of these awards.
  • “Rule of One”: Every author is allowed to present only one paper at the conference. It is allowed to have more than one paper accepted, if it is presented by a co-author.

Selection Criteria: We invite submissions of extended abstracts (1,500-3,000 words, all inclusive) for empirical or conceptual papers — with theoretical and/or managerial implications. These will be considered for the research paper portion of the program. Abstracts for research papers will be evaluated along the following criteria:

  • Theoretical contribution
  • Methodological rigor
  • Clarity of writing
  • Overall fit to open innovation

While acceptance decisions will be based on an abstract submission — and thus in some cases the analysis of data may not be fully complete — the submission should describe completed (rather than planned) research.

We expect that at least data are collected and initial analyses are done to present preliminary results and conclusions (still noting the above-mentioned criteria). Proposals that talk about data to be collected will be deferred to a future conference.

Number of Awardees: Not stated

Value of Award: The finalists of the awards will be honored during the conference and on the WOIC website. The winner of each award will receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash reward.

Duration of Award: 6 months

How to Apply: Apply on the Award Webpage.

Visit Award Webpage for details

Award Provider: University of Berkeley

Important Notes: Note that submission of a full paper that reflects the proposal will also be required, if the proposal is accepted. The reviewers will also be asked to provide their assessment of the submission in terms of fit to the conference theme and whether it should be considered for an award. However, these criteria will not be used directly for acceptance decisions. Protection Status



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