Tilburg Conference on Innovation


Tilburg, The Netherlands, 10-12 Jun 2010; Deadline 15 Feb

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Call for Papers

The Tilburg Conference on Innovation:

Innovation at the Intersection of Strategy, Organization and Learning

JUNE 10-12, 2010

Center for Innovation Research (CIR)
Tilburg University
The Netherlands

Successful innovation is fundamentally about the discovery, use and commercialization of new products, processes and services. Organizations engage in innovation in order to enhance their performance; those that fail to innovate run the risk of losing out to those that do. But innovation as such does not guarantee competitive success, as the degree to which firms are able to benefit from their innovative efforts varies widely. This conference aims to explore the drivers and consequences of this heterogeneity.

Innovation strategy involves a number of decisions regarding the nature and type of innovations to engage in, as well as the speed, openness, and flexibility with which the organizations respond to challenges. Additionally, organizations experience a tension between routine and innovation, which implies that they need to balance the resources dedicated to explorative and to exploitative projects. In many respects, issues related to innovation strategy are inseparable from those related to the organization of innovation activities.

To begin with, organizations face issues regarding the governance of innovation activities: whether to develop know-how in-house, in collaboration with other organizations, or to outsource it. Additionally, how organizations manage their portfolio of innovation activities and organize the innovation process is critical for success. The timeliness and successful commercialization of innovations are especially important. In this sense, insight into organizational learning processes in innovative projects and organizations is also crucial to understanding their innovative performance.

Hence, the central theme of this conference will deal with innovation at the intersection of strategy, organization and learning. The Tilburg Conference on Innovation, hosted by the Center for Innovation Research at Tilburg University, is a forum in which scholars from intersecting research streams will come together to debate current research and gain insights into future trends. This will be a small conference with a maximum of 45 papers so that participants have the opportunity to receive quality feedback. Our aim is to include participants from all over the world and to give equal opportunity to younger as well as established scholars, with quality of research being the predominant goal.

We invite both theoretical and empirical papers that predominantly, though not exclusively, reflect some of the following issues:

  • What organizational capabilities are needed to deploy and govern innovative activities effectively, especially in fast-changing environments and across great distances?
  • How does organizational structure affect the learning inputs and outcomes involved in innovation?
  • In what ways do networks of organizations contribute to the development of innovations?
  • How do institutional forces affect the innovative performance of organizations?

There is no registration fee, and presenting authors will have their accommodation covered during their stay. An added attraction of the conference is the opportunity to visit the southern Netherlands in spring and sample the best local beers Belgium and the Netherlands have to offer.

Confirmed speakers/special guests include:

Bart Nooteboom
Will Mitchell
Andrew van de Ven
Deborah Dougherty
Terry Amburgey
Joe Lampel
Gino Cattani
Arjen van Witteloostuijn

Submission process: Please submit a full paper to cir@uvt.nl by February 15, 2010. The authors of selected papers will be notified by March 15, 2010.