Call for Papers

7th Annual World Open Innovation Conference

Conference Theme

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.

This year’s conference theme is “Digital Transformation for Sustainability”. The world is currently facing some major trends that fundamentally change the ways in which organizations operate. The grand challenges we currently face, such as in areas as climate change, traffic safety, food ecologies and life expectancy, need to be addressed through an integrative, collaborative and global perspective. Accordingly, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have raised a lot of interest of managers and academics alike. At the same time, the digitalization of the economy and society at large keeps growing tremendously with major implications for how individual, organizations and governments operate. Interestingly and importantly, these developments to a large extent require a more inclusive and collaborative approach in order to understand and cope with the underlying uncertainty of the problems and the ambiguity of what the possible solutions may be. For the upcoming WOIC, we propose to connect these themes and call for research on digital transformation and sustainability, either as separate topics or ideally in exploring the intersection between open innovation, digital transformation and sustainability. We specifically call for research that shows how digital solutions help address sustainability challenges in the context of open innovation as well as related work that addresses such interconnections.


Open innovation behavior & cognition
  • Individual-level attributes and behaviors associated with open innovation (e.g., identity, commitment, motivation, resistance to change, communication and learning)
  • Microfoundations of open innovation and related topics
  • The human side of open innovation and the role of human resource management
Open innovation strategy and design
  • Formal and informal organizational structures for open innovation
  • Project-level attributes related to open innovation strategy and design (e.g., project complexity and uncertainty)
  • Nature and outcomes of entrepreneurial opportunities that open innovation can enable and help to enact
  • Combinations of “open” and “closed” strategies
  • Business model innovation
Open innovation communities and users
  • Leveraging knowledge produced by individual users with different abilities and motivations
  • How to sustain different forms of open innovation communities
  • Alignment between organizations and communities of innovation
Open innovation ecosystems
  • How new network forms combine value creation and value capture
  • Interactions between heterogeneous actors in innovation ecosystems (and their governance)
  • Governance of digital platforms
  • Crowd-based search and financing
Open policy & governance
  • The design, implementation, and effects of policies for open innovation
  • New forms of democracy and collaborative public management (e.g., cities, regions, governments)
  • Open strategy, both in process and in content
Others topics that may not directly fit the above themes, such as...
  • Technology, digitization and open innovation
  • Open innovation and sustainability
  • Open innovation in different contexts (e.g., services, SMEs, international business, different industries)
  • New metrics or methodologies for studying open innovation
  • Linking open innovation to broader theories of management or economics