The International Conference on Innovation Studies (ICIS2017)
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June 24-26, 2017

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

The International Conference on Innovation Studies (ICIS2017) will be hosted by the Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University. Selected conference papers will be published by International Journal of Innovation Studies or Asian Journal of Technology Innovation (SSCI)

The Research Center for Technological Innovation (RCTI) has been pursuing excellence in theoretical research in innovation and in facilitating decision-making at the national, sectorial, regional and firm levels. Being the earliest specialist institute on innovation studies in China, now RCTI has been widely recognized as the premier platform across China on which world-leading scholars can share their insights on future innovation studies. While papers covering a wide array of topics in Innovation Studies will be included in the 2017 program, RCTI especially encourages proposals that cross the boundaries of conventionally defined disciplines.

Different from other conferences in this field, the ICIS2017 event aims to provide a high-end platform for interdisciplinary elite scholars to communicate on the future of innovation and innovation studies. Therefore, the program themes are focused on: 

The Nature of Innovation

Innovation is imperative in today’s academic research, but in nature it defies linear analysis and traditional management methods. What are the characteristics of organizations that stimulate successful innovation? What can managers do to create an environment where innovation thrives? How do political leaders and decision makers differentiate between sinkholes and fertile ground when it comes to allocating resources for creative work? How can business harness this illogical, unpredictable force that can be as frustrating as it is valuable? These hard-core challenges are to be tackled seriously in the ICIS2017 program.

Interdisciplinary Insight on Innovation

During its emerging era, the field of innovation studies was populated by “immigrants” from other disciplines. It thus became intrinsically interdisciplinary in nature – an intellectual “melting pot” characterized by diversity and an eclectic borrowing of cognitive resources from others. In the ICIS2017 program, we would like to invite interdisciplinary researchers from economics, sociology, management studies, psychology, etc. to put forth their insights on innovations, so as to promote the incorporation of a broad and heterogeneous mix of research activities, as well as the engagement in fruitful intercourse with social scientists from different disciplines and fields.

The Future of Innovation Studies

In the past 15 years of the 21st century, we have witnessed how innovation changed the world: an earth flattened by the internet and the upheavals in music industry, reading habits and social networking by innovative companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook. Yet, innovation studies as the discipline by large failed to update its new research methods regards how to understand the 21st century’s innovations. Thus, in the next 15 years – before 2030 – what can scholars in innovation studies do to follow up future technology and its impacts? In this new era, governments may also need to adopt a more entrepreneurial approach towards innovation policy, thus can researchers in innovation studies provide a better understanding of the interaction between policy-making and innovation activities? ICIS2017 prepares to look forward and to discuss future directions of innovation studies.

Chen Jin, director of the Research Center for Technological Innovation, Tsinghua University 

Prof. Chen Jin is the editor-in-chief of International Journal of Innovation Studies and International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, the associate editor-in-chief of Technological Forecasting and Social Change (SSCI), Engineering Management Review (EI), International Journal of Technology Marketing and International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy. Besides, he is also on the editorial boards of the journals: International Journal of Technology Management (SSCI), Science: Journal of Zhejiang University (SCI), International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Frontier of Engineering Management.

Special event: The Academy of Open and User Innovation

Prof. von Hippel will hold the Academy of Open and User Innovation (AOUI) on June 24. He is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, specializing in the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation. He is best known for his work in developing the concept of user innovation. Prof. von Hippel is also the organizer of The International Open and User Innovation Conference (IOUIC). The 14th IOUIC was hold in Harvard Business School in 2017.

Invited special speakers

(1)   Jonathan Linton, Editor in Chief, Technovation, Sheffield University Management School, University of Sheffield, UK

(2)   Kong-Rae Lee, Editor, Asian Journal of Technology Innovation. Fellow of Korea Academy of Science and Technology, Korea.

(3)   Stefano Brusoni, Chair of Technology and Innovation Management ETH Zurich; Department of Management, Technology and Economics Weinbergstrasse, Switzerland.

(4)   Magnus Karlsson, Adjunct Professor of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

(5)   Watanabe Chihiro, director of the Watanabe Laboratory at Tokyo Seitoku University. He shares a role of an Area Editor of Technovation in the areas of IT and National Policy.

Critical deadlines:

Submission of full papers: May 1, 2017

Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2017

Normal registration/Hotel Block Deadline: June 1, 2017

l  No registration fee is required for speakers.

l  Selected conference papers will be published by International Journal of Innovation Studies (for the details of the journal, please view it at http://www.innovation.tsinghua.edu.cn/info/RCTI%20News/1500) or Asian Journal of Technology Innovation (SSCI).

l  Full paper in double column format, including paper title, authors' names and affiliation, and short abstract are requested.

l  Please submit your full paper by email to Dr. Yu Fei, his email address is yufei@sem.tsinghua.edu.cn.

Conference schedule (subject to further change)

June 24, 2017, Academy of Open and User Innovation (AOUI)

1.1 Morning sessions

Lead Users

Open Innovation & Additive Manufacturing

Open Source Software

Toolkits for Innovation

1.2 Afternoon sessions

User Entrepreneurship and Ecosystems

User Communities

User Innovation & Problem Solving

User Innovation & Diffusion

User Innovation in Healthcare

June 25, 2017

2.1 Morning sessions

Economics of Innovation/Technology/Science


Geography of Innovation

2.2 Afternoon sessions

Innovation and Sustainability

Innovation Systems

Knowledge creation/production/diffusion 

June 26, 2017

3.1 Morning sessions

Research and Development (R&D) Management

Science Policy

Technology Management/Policy/Strategy

3.2 Afternoon sessions

Evolutionary or (neo-)Schumpeterian Economics

Technological Paradigms/Trajectories

Technology and Social Change