Innovation for Competitive Advantage


Bangalore 5-8 Jan 2008; Deadline 1 Sep 2007

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International Conference on ‘Innovation for Competitive Advantage’

Organized by: The International Society for Competitiveness (ISC) &
PES School of Management, Bangalore

January 5th & 6th 2008
at Bangalore , India


With globalization occurring at an accelerating pace and the Internet shrinking the geographic distance, organizations are trying to build stronger competitive positions by gaining and sustaining competitive advantage. Constant innovation is the only option in the changing dynamics of today’s global marketplace. Earlier, "innovation" used to be a linear path from new knowledge to new product. Now innovation arises from complex interactions between many individuals, organizations and their operating environment. Organizations which are successful in realizing the full returns from their innovations are able to match their technological developments with complementary expertise in other areas such as manufacturing, distribution, human resources, marketing, customer service, etc..

Innovation today does not confine to mere product innovations. Innovation can be thought of in multiple dimensions. Innovation permeates every aspect of an organization and every area of management. Innovation is a philosophy which takes organizations beyond rigid policies, prescriptive processes and fragmented organizational structures. The greatest challenge today is to instill a mind set of continuous innovation that will allow achieving sustainable competitive advantage, market success, customer satisfaction and profitability.

This International conference is a forum for academicians, business leaders, policy makers, researchers and students to exchange and discuss ideas, to reflect on experiences and approaches, and to strengthen the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. It will be a perfect venue to present and discuss research findings and current practices pertaining to various facets of innovation to achieve competitive advantage.

Suggested Themes:

In addition to themes in traditional areas such as international trade and finance, human resource management, information technology, marketing, leadership, quality management, these are some suggested themes:

Innovation and the Market place

  • The Customer as Key Partner in Innovation
  • Driving Customer Value through Innovation
  • Innovation in the service industry
  • Market Perception of innovation

Managing Innovation in an organization

  • Measuring and Managing Innovation
  • New Business Models for Innovation
  • The Hiring and Rewarding of Innovators
  • Leadership for Growth and Innovation
  • Institutionalizing innovation in an organization
  • Behavioral issues in Innovation
  • Risk of Innovation
  • Innovations in managing human talent
  • Creating a culture and climate for Innovation
  • Balancing Innovation Investment with Financial Soundness

Managing Process innovations

  • Designing and Implementing in an Innovation Process
  • Using Information technology to drive process innovation
  • Innovations in material handling and production processes
  • Fostering innovations in the supply chain

Mergers and Acquisitions- innovation perspective

  • Creating High Performance Alliances
  • Partnering for Innovation
  • Integrating Innovation into Corporate Strategy

Global Competition

  • The Impact of India and China on Global Innovation Models
  • International partnerships for innovation
  • Impact of globalization on Innovation

Innovations in Global Industries and Sectors

  • Telecommunications and multimedia
  • Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries
  • Health care
  • Financial services
  • Education
  • Non Profit Sector
  • Public affairs

Other Topics

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Innovation and quality
  • Next Generation Innovation
  • Breakthrough Innovations

About ISC and PES

The International Society for Competitiveness and its parent organization American Society for Competitiveness ( are international associations comprised of academics, business executives, and policy makers who share a commitment to improving competitiveness at individual, firm, industry, country, region and global levels. Established nearly two decades back to provide a forum for the interdisciplinary and cross-sector communication needed to address competitiveness, the Society fosters the exchange of information and ideas among individuals who bring different perspectives and expertise to the issue. The Society publishes four journals that are all listed in the Cabell’s Directory, EBSCO database, etc.: J. of Global Competitiveness, Advances in Competitiveness Research, Competitiveness Review and Competition Forum.

PES group of institutions (, Bangalore, offers a number of high quality educational programs in fields ranging from bio-technology and engineering to business management. This conference is co-hosted by the PES School of Management Studies, Bangalore. PES publishes an International peer-reviewed journal called PES Business Review. Papers presented at the conference are also eligible for submission to this journal and will be peer reviewed as per journal policy.

The Conference is co-sponsored by Indiana University of Pennsylvania (

Submission of Papers/Abstracts/Cases

The deadline for the receipt of submitting papers and abstracts is September 1, 2007. To facilitate the blind peer review process, the first page should include: Title of paper, authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and phone and fax number(s). The second page should repeat the paper title but should contain no information that would identify author or institution. Please use MS Word. To be considered for publication in the January 2008 special issue of PES Business Review, full papers are to be submitted. Such full papers should consist of an abstract not exceeding 200 words in the beginning of the paper, with a maximum of 10 key words. References should be listed as per the standard norms of PES Business Review. Please send the paper/abstract by e-mail to-

From Asia, Africa and the Middle East:
Rajendra Nargundkar, Ph.D.
Director, MBA Program
PES Institute of Technology
100 feet Ring Road
Banashankari 3rd Stage
Bangalore-560085, India
Phone: 91-80-32929494

From North & South America, Europe & Australia:
Prashanth Nagendra Bharadwaj, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Department of Management
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
PO Box 1658
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-4880
Fax: 724-357-5743


Registration includes conference materials and proceedings, lunch, tea and dinner during the conference.

International Registration:

$200 per person ( doesn’t include accommodation)

Indian Registrations: (If you are a participant from India)

Rs. 2500 Per person (doesn’t include accommodation)

Please contact Ms. Kaveri C. S. for a list of possible hotels for accommodation

This call for papers is also available at the websites www. and and updates will be posted on the international conference on these websites.

Registration Form

International Society for Competitiveness and PES School of Management

International Conference on Innovation for Competitive Advantage
Bangalore, India
5th and 6th January, 2008

  Name __________________________________________________________________  University/Company ______________________________________________________  Mailing Address __________________________________________________________  City, State/Region/Province _________________________________________________  Country __________________ 		Postal Code ________________  Telephone (___) _______________ 		Fax (___) __________________  E-mail: _______________________________________________  Check/DD No. ____________________________ Date of issue:_______________  Name of the Bank: _________________________________________________


Registration includes conference materials and proceedings, lunch, tea and conference dinner

International Registration:

$200 per person (doesn’t include accommodation)

Mail registration form and fees to:
Prashanth Nagendra Bharadwaj,
ASC, P.O. Box 1658,
Indiana, PA 15705, U.S.A.

Fees must be paid in US currency by check payable to International Society for Competitiveness.

Indian Registrations: (If you are a participant from India)

Rs. 2500 per person (doesn’t include accommodation)

Mail registration form and fees to:
Rajendra Nargundkar
PES School of Management,
100 feet Ring Road, Banashankari 3rd Stage,
Bangalore- 560085, India.

Fees must be paid demand draft in favor of PES International Conference, payable at Bangalore.

Note: Last date to register is November 30, 2007. No refunds once registered.