13th CINet PhD Seminar

Researching continuous innovation - getting in, getting through, getting (it) out

24-28 April 2017, Lucerne, Switzerland


  • The seminar
  • Faculty
  • Program
  • Application & fees
  • Key dates
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The Seminar


One of the great challenges for doctoral students is to develop publishable results from their research. This all starts with a well-designed research plan, followed by collecting and analyzing good data.
Thus, the objective of the CINet PhD seminar on “researching continuous innovation” is to help students mastering the process of getting from a research idea, through a robust research design, good qualitative and/or quantitative data, to a publishable theoretical and/or managerial contribution, in the field of (continuous) innovation.

Continuous innovation

Continuous innovation, the basis for sustainable success, requires companies to combine continuity and innovation in several different ways. World-class companies:

  • Make the right strategic choices.
  • Implement their strategies by continuously developing new products, markets, processes, forms of organization and management approaches.
  • Ensure continuity and improvement of their existing business.

Thus, continuously innovative companies successfully combine strategic, innovation and operational excellence or, as James March would put it, exploration and exploitation.

Work mode

The seminar provides a unique platform for doctoral students to present and discuss their research, and to get feedback from, and exchange comments and views with, fellow students and experienced researchers in the field. The program is highly interactive and includes ample opportunity for exploring emerging themes in continuous innovation theory and methodology.


The seminar offers space to max. 16 doctoral students or other researchers developing a PhD thesis, who are researching continuous innovation or a related topic, and are in a relatively early phase of their studies.

Date and place

The seminar takes place on 24-28 April 2017 in Lucerne, Switzerland and is hosted by Professor Patricia Wolf of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.


Upon successful completion of the seminar, the participants are given a certificate and granted 5 ECTS.


The faculty involved in the seminar consists of widely-published authors on continuous innovation and related areas.


Prof. Harry Boer is Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Center for Industrial Production at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has (co-)authored numerous publications on organization theory, manufacturing strategy and continuous improvement/innovation. His research interest is in continuous innovation, the effective interaction between day-to-day operations, incremental change and radical innovation. Harry is a former chairman of CINet.


Prof. Mariano Corso is Professor of Organization and Human Resources at Politecnico di Milano where he chairs the course of Management Engineering at the Cremona site. At MIP, the Business School of Politecnico di Milano, he is director of the Master in Management and Organization Development and of the Observatories on Enterprise2.0, ICT Strategic Sourcing and ICT Strategy and Governance. He coordinated various studies on Knowledge Management and is an author of more than 100 international publications. Mariano is a former board member of CINet.


Prof. Mats Magnusson is Professor of Product Innovation Engineering at the School of Industrial Technology and Management at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, and Director of the Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology (IMIT). His main research interests are innovation management, resource-based strategy, management of knowledge and learning, and innovation networks, and he has published extensively in these fields. Mats Magnusson is the present Chairman of CINet.

Laugen Prof. Patricia Wolf is Professor of Innovation Management and Director of the Creative Living Lab at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland) as well as Head of Research of the universities Institute of Management and Regional Economics. At the same time, Patricia is Private Lecturer at the Departement of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Her main research interests cover innovation management in interdisciplinary teams and research on the next society. Patricia Wolf is Vice President of unBla, a Swiss association concerned with the development and dissemination of unconferencing methods.



The seminar features a combination of faculty teaching and student presentations, plenary sessions, and small-group work. The program is highly interactive and includes ample opportunity for exploring emerging themes in continuous innovation, related theory and methodology, background and seminal contributions.

Each morning a specific topic, a related challenge and relevant methodological issues will be addressed based on the lecturer's own research. During the afternoon, the students will discuss their own and others' work in view of the topics addressed in the morning.

Monday 24 April 2017

Morning: Research design
Lecturer: Harry Boer
Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Harry Boer & Patricia Wolf

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Morning: Epistemological positions in management research
Lecturer: Patricia Wolf
Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Patricia Wolf & Mats Magnusson
Evening: Seminar Dinner

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Morning: Collaborative research
Lecturer: Mats Magnusson
Afternoon: Free

Thursday 27 April 2017

Morning: Case studies, Action research
Lecturer: Mariano Corso
Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Mariano Corso & Harry Boer

Friday 28 April 2017

Morning: Writing scientific articles
Lecturer: Harry Boer
Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment, Wrap-up and closure
Lecturer: Harry Boer


Application & fees

Participation fee

The participation fee is € 525 for CINet members* and € 625 for non CINet members. This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, coffees, teas and refreshments, and the Tuesday evening seminar dinner somewhere in vivid Lucerne. Due to local administrative procedures it is not possible to include lunch in the fee. However, as the lunches take place at the university premises the cost are very low.

* To be able to benefit from the reduced fee for members you have to register as CINet member before March 1.


We look forward to receiving your application, not later than 25 February 2017. Please use the “ Apply” button below, and do not forget to add the required documents – see below. Besides doctoral students, other researchers developing a doctoral thesis may participate. The number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 16 in order to create a suitable and stimulating working environment.



The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the seminar faculty. They will review the following documents, which should be submitted together with your application form:

  • Your curriculum vitae demonstrating your capabilities of doing research.
  • A letter of recommendation from your supervisor supporting the application.
  • A five-page description of your research, indicating the research objectives, problem, method and envisaged contribution to theory and practice.


Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their application by 15 March 2017.

Key dates

Application deadline: 25 February 2017

Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2017



The seminar will be held at Lucerne University, Zentralstr. 9, 6002 Luzern, which is in the building on the left of the railway station (building nr. 1 on the map) in room 5.18.


Hotel Ibis Budget Luzern City (on walking distance from the seminar venue)
Kellerstrasse  4 6 8
6005  Lucerne
+41 41 367 80 00

Hotel Alpha
Pilatusstr. 66 / Zähringerstr. 24
6003 Lucerne
+41 41 240 42 80

RÖSLI Guest House
Pfistergasse 12
6003 Lucerne
+41 41 249 22 77


The best way to travel between Zürich Airport and Lucerne is by train. Trains depart from Zürich Airport to Lucerne twice an hour. Please visit www.sbb.ch for details.


Material needed to prepare yourself is available from the members only part of the CINet website.




Harry Boer
Aalborg University

corsoMariano Corso
Politecnico di Milano

laugenMats Magnusson

magnussonPatricia Wolf
Lucerne University


ECTS credits: 5





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