WOIC 2018


World Open Innovation Conference, San Francisco, 12-14 Dec 2018; Deadline 15 Aug

Dear Colleague,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Call for Papers for the 5th Annual World Open Innovation Conference, to be held on December 13-14, 2018 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame, California:


The goal of the WOIC is to bring theory and practice closer together. We seek the latest in academic research on open innovation and combine that in our program with challenges faced by industry executives who manage innovation in their organizations. In addition, we have started to engage policy makers to better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with designing effective open innovation policy measures.

The 5th Annual WOIC will include traditional papers sessions, a poster session, practitioner sessions, a meet-the-editor session, paper development workshops, and other interactive sessions. We are seeking both traditional research papers and those with a more managerial or policy orientation. From the accepted submissions, we will be selecting two academic award winners – for students and emerging scholars – and we will publish the best papers in a Special Section of California Management Review (see Bogers et al., 2018 for a Special Section from a previous WOIC:


A separate Call for Challenges will be used to identify relevant practical issues faced in managing innovation and attract industry participants, while the conference will also feature particular practitioner awards.

The conference will include plenary sessions, industry panels, policy panels, parallel tracks of paper presentations and a poster session. There will also be events prior to the conference, which will be communicated on the conference website.

A pre-conference visit to a leading Bay Area company such as Facebook or Google will be planned on December 12, 2018. Note that some events may require a fee with pre-registration.

Please see the Call for Papers document link here for more information on possible topics and award criteria: http://woic.corporateinnovation.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CallforPapersWOIC2018-4.17.pdf

For updates, check the WOIC website:


Important Dates:

  • May 1, 2018: Conference Registration website opens
  • July 1, 2018: Submission website opens
  • August 15, 2018: Submission deadline for extended abstracts and full papers
  • September 15, 2018: Notification of accepted papers
  • October 15, 2018: Registration deadline for accepted papers
  • October 15, 2018: Deadline for Early Bird registration
  • December 12, 2018: Pre-conference event
  • December 13-14, 2018: Conference dates

We look forward to receiving your submissions and seeing you in San Francisco!

With best regards on behalf of all organizers,

Conference Chair
Henry Chesbrough, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Industry Program Chair
Solomon Darwin, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Academic Program Chair
Marcel Bogers, University of Copenhagen

Associate Program Chairs
Ann-Kristin Zobel, ETH Zurich
Jonathan Sims, Babson College
Marcus Holgersson, Chalmers Univ. of Technology

Assistant Program Chairs
Serena Flammini, University of Cambridge
Agnieszka Radziwon, Aarhus University
Mehdi Bagherzadeh, NEOMA Business School
Maral Mahdad, University of Copenhagen
Krithika Randhawa, University of Technology Sydney