15th International CINet Conference

Operating Innovation - Innovating Operations

7-9 September 2014 - Budapest, Hungary




  • Call for Papers
  • Org. Committee
  • Keynotes
  • Program
  • Submissions
  • Key dates
  • Register
  • Hotels & Travel

Call for Papers

The Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) is a global network set up to bring together researchers and industrialists working in the field of Continuous Innovation. The mission of CINet is to develop into a school of thought on Continuous Innovation. Consistent with this mission, CINet organises an annual conference. This announcement concerns the 15th CINet conference, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary, 7-9 September 2014. The theme of the conference, “Operating Innovation – Innovating Operations”, reflects the hypercompetition-driven need for companies to turn product and, consequently also, process and organizational, innovation into a regular activity, and make innovation part of their daily business.

Corvinus University and CINet look forward to a stimulating exchange of insights into and experiences with innovation between researchers and practitioners from all over the world and, especially, Eastern Europe.

Furthermore, CINet promotes a PhD Network to foster research collaboration among PhD students and their institutions on innovation in the widest sense of the word. As part of that initiative, a PhD workshop is organised just prior to the 15th CINet conference, on 5-6 September. Besides that a CIYA Workshop will be organized, aimed at young academics working in the field of continuous innovation.


Continuous innovation is the ongoing process of initiating, developing, operating and improving new and existing configurations of products, market approaches, processes, technologies and competencies, organization and management systems. As organizations strive to achieve a synergistic balance between short-term oriented, operationally-effective exploitation strategies and longer-term, flexibility-oriented exploration strategies, the rapid growth of the global knowledge economy has placed learning at the center of this critical balance.

Theme and session tracks

The conference theme is Operating Innovation - Innovating Operations.

Due to ever-shorter product life cycles, the frequency of product innovation is increasing all the time. However, product innovations can only become a success if operations can absorb product innovations quickly and produce them efficiently and effectively. On the other hand, innovations in process technologies (such as 3D printing) and operations management systems (such as lean and agile manufacturing) enable products and performance levels that were beyond imagination not too long ago. Thus, combining the two areas effectively is vital for sustaining company business performance.

However, research on the interface of innovation and operations is limited. In spite of the 30+ year history of the “Design for …” concepts and Concurrent Engineering, product innovation researchers and practitioners still do not think much in terms of production process implications and, especially, possibilities offered by (new) process technologies and management systems. Similarly, operations management researchers and practitioners tend to take product innovations as a fact of life, which they have to live with, rather than as a process in which their competences should play a proactive role.

We are calling for papers with a strong theoretical and managerial contribution, addressing the interface of innovation and operations, as well as papers addressing broader continuous innovation topics:

  • New process technologies as enablers of product innovation
  • Lean/agile management and innovation
  • Continuous innovation in products and operations
  • Introducing new products in operations
  • Managing processes in continuous innovation
  • Human resource management and continuous innovation
  • Management of ideas and creativity
  • Continuous service innovation
  • Innovation with external partners – open, user-driven, supplier-driven innovation
  • Continuous innovation measurement and management
  • Education in continuous innovation

If there is an additional topic you would like to contribute to, and know others researching that particular field, please take the lead, let us know and organize it.

Special issues

The best papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in special issues of the Journal of Creativity and Innovation Management and the International Journal of Technology Management. All invited papers will go through a regular review process.

Developmental workshop

In 2011 we started with a new initiative: developmental workshops that will be held during one of the session time slots. These workshops are aimed specifically at encouraging and promoting increased collaboration between members of CINet. More specifically, the workshops will provide young and more experienced researchers the opportunity to present projects still in their developmental phase for the purposes of identifying potential project partners and gaining feedback from CINet members with project management experience.

To be considered for a developmental workshop, please prepare a brief summary (1-2 pages) of your project that defines the research objectives and the plans that have been made thus far, including ideas for how the project might include collaboration with CINet members. Submit the workshop proposal to the conference secretariat. If your proposal is accepted, you will be given instructions for preparing for the workshop.

14th PhD Workshop

The CINet PhD workshop offers PhD students a unique possibility to present and discuss, receive feedback, and exchange comments and views on their research in an inspiring academic community of fellow PhD students and experienced researchers active in the CINet community.

The PhD workshop will be held on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 September 2014, just before the conference, and ends at the afternoon of the last conference day, while there are also meetings during the conference.

The seminar is equivalent to a workload of 3 ECTS.

More information can be found on the workshop website.

Who should attend

Both academics involved in research on innovation and change as well as practitioners and consultants involved in management innovation and change are invited to submit papers relevant to the conference theme, or simply register for the conference to gain access to leading research and practices in this key area. Also academics interested in sharing industry experience are welcome.

Organizing committee

dannenDr. Krisztina Demeter
Corvinus University


boerProf. Harry Boer
Aalborg University


dannenJeannette Visser-Groeneveld
University of Twente


Advisory Board

Drs. Gerard Berendsen, HAN University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Paolo Boccardelli, LUISS, Italy
Prof. Harry Boer, Aalborg University, Denmark
Dr. René Chester Goduscheit, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Dr. Luca Gastaldi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Mats Magnusson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Dr. Antonella Martini University of Pisa Italy
Dr. Paolo Neirotti, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Dr. Klaasjan Visscher, University of Twente, Netherlands
Prof.dr. Patricia Wolf, Hochschule Luzern Wirtschaf/ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Dr. Lajos Reich

Dr Lajos Reich joined GE Healthcare in 2008 as the Chief Technology Officer in Hungary. From 2014, Lajos is also appointed as Managing Director of GE Hungary Ltd with close to 14,000 employees and $7B revenue.

GE Healthcare is a $17 billion division of General Electric with a mission to develop innovations that improve access to healthcare technologies worldwide at improved quality and lower costs. GE Healthcare consists of diverse businesses including medical imaging, information technologies, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. GE Healthcare’s more than 400 engineers in its Global Software Hub in Hungary focus on researching and developing medical image processing software applications for various modalities like CT, MR, PET and Interventional Vascular X-ray and play a leadership role in developing Industrial Internet, or also known as Predix for Healthcare.

Lajos started his career in GE Lighting in 1999 as design engineer, later he led GE Lighting’s lighting innovation activities in Hungary, India and US. In 2005, he joined the specialty light source company Light Sources Inc. based in Orange, Connecticut, and its sister company Lighttech Ltd. in Hungary as CTO. Before rejoining GE, he teamed up with a little group of innovators to build their own startup, where he secured funding, first clients and mass production in only half year. Lajos is the founder chairman of American Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation Committee from 2011. He has a leadership role in the Hungarian Investors’ Council with the aim to improve the competitiveness of Hungary’s R&D policies. He is also an active member of the government’s Innovation Advisory Board, where he contributed to the National Innovation Strategy.

Lajos holds an MSc in physics and a PhD in material science from the Eötvös University, Budapest. He completed his PhD thesis in Japan on novel aluminum alloys for next generation supersonic passenger aircrafts.

Lajos and his wife Tunde have three children, Melinda (9), Martin (7) and Lilla (3). His hobbies are amateur astronomy, nature photography and horse riding.

Program outline

The detailed final program is available for download.


Round one
  • Researchers wishing to contribute are invited to submit an extended abstract (in Word format) of 1000-1500 words (references included) by April 25, 2014. The abstract should address theoretical background, research objective, methodology, and results in terms of expected contribution to continuous innovation theory and practice. The theme of the extended abstract has to fit the overall theme of the conference. A high-quality abstract might be rejected if it is outside the scope and the theme for the conference. Authors are encouraged to follow the guidelines for extended abstracts.
    CINet members can also explicitly ask for a full paper review at this stage. Researchers requesting a full paper review must also submit by April 25, 2014. Authors should follow the guidelines for papers, and use the word word template for full papers to be sure the layout is as requested.
  • Practitioners wishing to contribute are invited to submit an abstract (in Word format) of approximately 600 words no later than April 25, 2014. The abstract should address industry background, presentation objectives, problems addressed and results in terms of contribution to the practice of (continuous) innovation management. If your abstract is accepted you will be asked to submit a PowerPoint presentation (see Round 3 below), not a full paper.

All documents must be submitted electronically. Submissions received will undergo a double blind peer review, and the outcome of the review will be sent to the authors by May 23, 2014. The submission (abstract or paper) can either be accepted, provisionally accepted or rejected.


Round two

Full paper submissions (research papers):

  • For provisionally accepted abstracts and papers the due date is July 1. After a review these submissions will either be accepted, accepted with minor modifications, or rejected.
  • For accepted abstracts and papers the due date is also July 1. The review committee will go through these submissions and authors can be asked to do minor improvements of the paper.
  • Authors should follow the guidelines for papers, and use the word word template for full papers to be sure the layout is as requested. Please note: papers that are not in line with the requested layout will not be accepted!

The submission needs to be done by email to the conference secretariat. Feedback will be sent to the authors by July 8.

Round three

Due on August 1 are:

  • Resubmissions of final papers (where minor changes were advised in stage 2).
  • Industrial presentations (PowerPoint file).

Full papers need to be sent to the conference secretariat by email.

Author guidelines

Please make sure that you read and follow the author guidelines carefully:

Important notes
  • Due to the different holiday periods in Europe we cannot give extensions of the deadlines mentioned above.
  • At least one author needs to register together with the submission of the final paper on August 1, otherwise the paper will not be included in the proceedings nor mentioned in the programme.
  • Abstracts should be submitted online, full papers should be submitted to the conference secretariat by email.

Key dates


  • 25-04-2014: Abstract or full paper (optional for CINet members) submission *** new deadline! ***
  • 25-04-2014: Practitioners abstracts
  • 23-05-2014: Review decisions sent to authors
  • 24-06-2014: Full paper submission of provisionally accepted papers
  • 01-07-2014: Full paper submission of accepted papers
  • 08-07-2014: Feedback to authors
  • 01-08-2014: Final full paper submission
  • 01-08-2014: Registration for at least one author per paper

PhD Workshop

  • 15-06-2014: Application
  • 25-06-2014: Notification of acceptance or rejection
  • 15-08-2014: Submission short paper (see the workshop website for detailed instructions)


  • 01-06-2014: Put forward ideas for Developmental Workshop
  • 01-08-2014: Registration CIYA Workshop



PhD student CINet member € 375*
PhD student non CINet member € 475
Other CINet member € 475*
Other non CINet member

€ 625

Practitioners fee for one day € 110

The fee includes the conference proceedings, and the conference dinner, lunches and refreshments

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


Hotels & travel

Conference venue

The conference is hosted by the Corvinus University of Budapest, in Budapest (Hungary) and will be held at Danubius Health Spa Resort Helia in Budapest.



Rooms are available in the conference hotel, you can book a room in the hotel's online booking system. The discounted conference rates are available through this link only. VAT, city tax, breakfast, usage of swimming pool, thermal pools, jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath and Danubius premier fitness are included.

UPDATE: the online booking system for the conference hotel is closed. If you still need a room here please contact Ildiko Gemes-Kruppa from the hotel.

Room rates:
Room for 1 person: € 85 per room/night
Room for 2 persons: € 95 per room/night

Please book your room before 8 August 2014.

Hotel rooms for the conference are available between 5-10 September, 2014. Should you need the booking for longer period, please contact the hotel.

If you prefer a different hotel we suggest:


Liszt Ferenc Airport is situated on the SE margin of Budapest, 20 km from the city centre and is a popular destination for many low fare air carriers. The Airport Minibus service is relatively cheap and reliable. You can buy tickets at the arrival hall immediately. Single ticket: 3200 HUF (appr. € 13), return: 5500 HUF (appr. € 22). Public transport buses circulate between the terminals and the Kőbánya-Kispest terminal of the Metro line 3 (“blue line”) at 8-15-minute intervals in daytime. As an alternative, trains from Terminal 1 leave for Nyugati railway station frequently. Főtaxi has exclusive rights for operation of a taxi service from (and to) the airport for fixed prices according to distance zones (hence the name) based on a contract with Budapest Airport Ltd.

Budapest airport has two terminals (practically one large, as 2B is directly connected to 2A):

  • Terminal 2A: for international flights arriving from the Schengen zone
  • Terminal 2B: for flights arriving from the non-schengen zone, departure terminal for budget airlines

The following downloads might come in handy:

Travelling to the welcome reception

The Welcome Reception will take place in the Corvinus University. There are 2 ways to get there from the conference hotel: by underground metro or with trolley bus and tram (more sightseeing, you will pass the Parliament, the Academy of Sciences, the Chain Bridge and the Danube river.

Travelling to the conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place at Szekér csárda (at Óbudai Hajógyár island). A bus will be available from the conference hotel, departure times will be announced during the conference.

Tourist information

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating nightlife increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptional offer of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to the exceedingly scenic setting and its architecture, it is nicknamed "Paris of the East". The local pronunciation can be approximated by "boo-dah-pesht". In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.








14th CINet PhD Workshop

PhD students attending the conference can attend the 14th CINet PhD Workshop for free.




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