Call for Papers

6th Annual World Open Innovation Conference
Deadline for academic submissions:  Sunday, August 25, 2019

Conference Theme:

Opening Up for Managing Business and Societal Challenges

Submission deadline extended to Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Following the recommendations many of you have shared, we are extending the deadline for the submission until 25th of August so that the projects ideas developed at the Academy of Management can be submitted.

Conference Chair: Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley
Academic Program Chair: Marcel Bogers, University of Copenhagen
Industry Program Chair: Solomon Darwin, UC Berkeley
Associate Program Chairs: Ann-Kristin Zobel, ETH Zurich ; Marcus Holgersson, Chalmers University of Technology; Ivanka Visnjic, ESADE; Krithika Randhawa, University of Technology Sydney
Assistant Program Chairs: Mehdi Bagherzadeh, NEOMA Business School; Serena Flammini University of Cambridge; Maral Mahdad, University of Copenhagen; Agnieszka Radziwon, Aarhus University; Jonathan Sims, Babson College

We proudly announce our call for papers for the 6th Annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC). 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; Bagherzadeh et al., 2019; Enkel et al., 2009; Laursen & Salter, 2006; Zobel, 2017). It has become a popular area of innovation research, as shown by several reviews (Antons et al., 2016; Dahlander & Gann, 2010; Huizingh, 2011; West & Bogers, 2014; Randhawa et al., 2016).

Conference Theme

This year´s conference theme concerns attainment of the important socio-economic developments goals, i.e. United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are now widely adopted by researchers, practitioners and policy makers. This year, we have a specific interest to help identify and develop the best new theoretical and applied research in open innovation that can also address the globally emerging grand challenges (George et al., 2016).

The open innovation questions, related to the societal and business challenge theme and beyond, can be answered at and across different levels of analysis (e.g., Bogers et al., 2017) — ranging from individuals (Bogers et al., 2018b), to projects (Du et al., 2014), to business models (Saebi & Foss, 2015), to ecosystems (Holgersson et al., 2018), to public sector organizations (Hilgers & Ihl, 2010). At the same time, there are many opportunities to link open innovation to other domains, such as sustainability (Arcese et al., 2015), servitization (Visnjic et al., 2016), co-creation (Markovic & Bagherzadeh, 2018), additive manufacturing (Ford et al., 2016), blockchain (Iansiti & Lakhani, 2017), artificial intelligence (Ransbotham et al., 2017), design thinking (Beckman & Barry, 2007), small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) (Vanhaverbeke et al., 2018), and so on.

Call for young researchers: moderators for industry sessions

For WOIC 2019, we are looking for 12 young researchers (PhD students or recently graduated) who will act as moderators of problem-solving sessions for current challenges that will be presented by selected firms and discussed by a team of academics and practitioner. Each moderator will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by Professor Henry Chesbrough and be involved in writing one section of the industry white paper. If you are interested in applying, please indicate this during the submission of your extended abstract or full paper or send an email to Sea Matilda Bez (

I want to be a moderator