World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC)

When: 15/12/2016 - 16/12/2016
Where: Barcelona, Spain

On 15-16 December 2016, the third annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC) will take place in Barcelona, Spain. Open Innovation describes “a distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries” (Chesbrough and Bogers, 2014). It provides insights into how firms can harness inflows and outflows of knowledge to improve their innovation success. It has become a popular (and well cited) area of innovation research.

The digital age provides new enabling factors for generating, sharing, retrieving and storing data, information or knowledge that could dramatically impact how organizations manage their boundaries. In many cases, managers need to let go of the traditional logic of managing knowledge for innovation that may reside inside or outside the organization, but instead need to find new ways of managing the entire ecosystem where complementary partners are co-innovating new solutions that they can only establish together.

In the context of the conference, a call for papers on the topic “Open Innovation in the Digital Age” was launched. The best papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of R&D Management Journal with the theme “Open Innovation in the Digital Age”.

From the accepted papers, the board will select two academic award winners: The Best Student Paper Award and the Best Emerging Scholar Paper Award.

The key dates are:

  • 1 July 2016: Submission website opens
  • 15 August 2016: Submission deadline for extended abstracts
  • 15 September 2016: Notification of accepted papers
  • 1 December 2016: Submission of full papers

More information on the event can be found here.



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