18th International CINet Conference

Digitalization and innovation: designing the organization of the future

10-12 September 2017, Potsdam, Germany


  • Call for Papers
  • Org. Committee
  • Keynotes
  • Program
  • Submit
  • Key dates
  • Register
  • Practical information

Call for Papers

Theme and session tracks

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 organizes an annual conference. This announcement concerns the 18th CINet conference, which will take place at the University of Potsdam, 10-12 September 2017. The theme of the conference is “Digitalization and innovation: designing the organization of the future”.

Since the turn of the century, economic and industrial development seems to have exploded. The world has become the global village predicted by Marshall McLuhan in the 1960s. China has opened its economy and has become a formidable player in the world economy. The BRICS countries, previous targets for foreign investment, have become global investors themselves. In effect, continuous innovation has become more important than ever, certainly for industries in the ‘old’ industrialized countries. At the same time, enormous progress has been made with respect to technology advancement. Not only products, processes and factories get digitalized but also services and business models.

Launched by the EU, the Factory of the Future program envisages continuous adaptation of work environments with changing levels of automation in evolving production systems. Industry 4.0, initiated by the German government, involves integrating cyber-physical systems into manufacturing and logistics, and deploying the Internet of Things and Services in industrial processes. In Smart Factory environments, individual production steps and entire production chains are closely connected, within the firm and across corporate boundaries, from suppliers to logistics to the overall life cycle management of a product. Individual production steps are seamlessly connected, from product development, production planning, engineering and scheduling, actual fabrication and assembly processes, production and quality control through to logistics. With the replacement of pure product by product-service innovations, a comprehensive, both system-oriented and user-centric way of thinking is needed. This need is also reflected in the emergence of Design Thinking as a tool to develop new products, services and business models, and a mindset for organizations to shape their culture, organizational structure, and processes for the challenges of digitalization.

However, many organizations are not well equipped to integrate the rising influence of digital technologies, compensate for the scarcity and depletion of resources, and find adequate answers to the apparent success of entrepreneurial ventures. Where employees fear that their job will be automatized in the future, organizations are challenged to develop an embracing organizational culture as well as disruptive and user-centric innovation as an outcome.

Thus, all related to the industry of the future, central topics at the conference are:

  • The impact of the Internet of Things on the innovation potential of established industries
  • Digitalized supply chain and production process innovations
  • Effective (big) data handling and analysis
  • Collaboration and partnerships to transform economies
  • Transforming business models with digitalization
  • Design thinking and innovation in the age of digital transformation
  • New forms of leadership and intelligent support of workers in an increasingly complex workspace
  • New organizational structures and processes balancing technological and human aspects
  • Creating a culture/climate for innovation where creativity is fostered but business aspects are not neglected

  • Intrapreneurial – internally-driven vs. entrepreneurial – externally-acquired innovation

Furthermore, papers are welcome, which address continuous innovation topics such as:

  • Performance management and management control in innovation and innovation networks
  • Continuous innovation strategies, practices and performance
  • Continuous innovation in products, services and operations
  • Knowledge, learning, and continuous innovation
  • Organizing for continuous and/or discontinuous innovation
  • Ambidexterity and tensions in innovation processes
  • Innovation with external partners
  • Management of ideas and creativity
  • Servitization and product-service system development
The format

Since 2015, CINet accepts:

  • “Full papers” of up to 5,000 words – to report research that has been completed.
  • “Research notes” of up to 2,000 words – to propose a research idea, seek research collaboration, present a literature review, describe a research design, or report work-in-progress.
  • Practitioner presentations – primarily focused on sharing and discussing (continuous) innovation practice and experience.

Ever more journals only accept conference-based articles if they are substantially different and/or a substantial extension from the conference paper they are based on. By accepting shorter full papers, we facilitate the development of your work into journal articles. Furthermore, CINet wants to be a place where not only completed research but also ideas for research or collaboration and different stages of work-in-progress are presented and discussed. The “research notes” support the latter purpose. 
Reflecting these principles, CINet still strongly encourages the submission of full papers for presentation in traditional presentation/Q&A sessions, but also accepts shorter research notes for discussion of ideas and work-in-progress in more open (e.g. poster and group discussion) sessions, as well as practitioner presentations.

17th 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 8 and Saturday 9 September 2017, 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.

10th CIYA Workshop

Targeted at young academics working in the field of continuous innovation, the CIYA Workshop will be take place on 10 September 2017.

PhD lunch meeting

Are you a PhD student? Meet the editors of CIM during lunch on Tuesday 12 September 2017 and learn how to publish in CIM and how to be a good reviewer.

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.

Best Paper Awards

Every year, CINet selects two award-winning papers.

The main criteria for winning the John Bessant Best Paper Award are:

  • Theoretical relevance - is the research problem real and "hot" from a theoretical perspective?
  • Research design - scientific rigor in terms of hypotheses/questions, operationalization, sampling, data sources, analysis, validity/reliability
  • Discussion and contribution to theory - does the paper solve the theoretical problem researched in the paper?

In order to be considered for the Mariano Corso Best Practical Implications Award, the paper must meet the following criteria:

  • Practical relevance - is the research problem real and "hot" from a practical perspective?
  • Research design - scientific rigor in terms of hypotheses/questions, operationalization, sampling, data sources, analysis, validity/reliability
  • Discussion and contribution to practice - potential contribution to solving a practical problem, and to practitioner understanding - is the paper clear for practitioners and does it provide models and criteria that help them in understanding the phenomenon, go to the root causes of potential problems arising, and identify possible approaches to solve them?

Organizing committee


dannenProf. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, MBA
University of Potsdam



dannenProf. Dr. Norbert Gronau
University of Potsdam

dannenProf. Dr. Matthias Hartmann
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

dannenProf. Dr. Eric Kearney
University of Potsdam

dannenProf. Dr. Christoph Meinel
Hasso Plattner Institut

dannenDr. Claudia Nicolai
Hasso Plattner Institut - School of Design Thinking

dannenProf. Dr. Key Pousttchi
University of Potsdam

dannenProf. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

dannenProf. Uli Weinberg
Hasso Plattner Institut - School of Design Thinking


Advisory Board

Drs. Gerard Berendsen, Twente Quality Centre, Netherlands
Prof. Harry Boer, Aalborg University, Denmark
Dr. Luca Gastaldi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Dr. René Chester Goduscheit, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Dr. Nicolette Lakemond, Linköping University, Sweden
Prof. Mats Magnusson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Dr. Antonella Martini, University of Pisa, Italy
Dr. Paolo Neirotti, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Dr. Luisa Pellegrini, University of Pisa, Italy
Dr. Magnus Persson, Chalmers University, Sweden
Dr. Klaasjan Visscher, University of Twente, Netherlands
Prof. Patricia Wolf, Hochschule Luzern Wirtschaf/ETH Zürich, Switzerland


dannenNicolai Andersen, Chief Innovation Officer Deloitte EMEA
"About barriers and bruises: Translating innovation theory into corporate reality"
Nicolai is the Head of The Deloitte Garage and Chief Innovation Officer for Deloitte in the EMEA region and through his role exposed to the question on how Digitalization will replace the jobs of his clients but also the jobs of his fellow Business Consultants, Auditors, Tax Advisors and Lawyers. He has built and is running the innovation program for Deloitte to cope with these challenges and is helping companies around the world to become better innovators.

dannenBaldar Onarheim, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
"Creativity, Innovation and Neurostimulation"
Builder of the Plato neurostimulator: the world's first creativity boosting headset. Associate professor in creativity at the Technical University of Denmark, and founder of the Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity and CEO at PlatoScience. His key expertise lies within a neurologically based understanding of creativity, and methods to use this understanding to make people better problem solvers. More information ...

dannenPeter Batt, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Germany
"The digital Transformation (from the perspective of the Federal Ministry of the Interior"
Peter Batt was born on 7th September 1955 in Düsseldorf. He is a fully qualified lawyer and was head of the organization and IT services department of Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund before changing to the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) in 2009. At the BMI, he first was the head of IT I (Digital Society, IT Control, IT Strategy, IT Planning Board). Since May 2016, he is the overall head of the department IT; In addition to the sub-division IT I, the IT II staff (IT and cybersafety, safe information technology) is also part of his duties.


The final program is available for download.


First round: development and submission of abstracts


Structured abstracts

Researchers wishing to contribute to the conference are invited to submit a structured abstract for either a regular paper or a research note (in Word format) of 750-1000 words (references not included) by March 31, 2017. The abstract should address:

  • Theoretical and empirical background and relevance.
  • Research objectives, problem and/or hypotheses.
  • Research design.
  • Analysis and discussion.
  • Expected contribution.

The extended abstract has to fit the overall theme and/or topics suggested for the conference. A high-quality abstract might be rejected if it is outside the scope and the theme of the conference.

For CINet members

CINet members can also submit a full paper or completed research note for review at this stage. Members requesting such a review must also submit by March 31, 2017.


Practitioners wishing to contribute to the conference are invited to submit an abstract (in Word format) of approximately 500 words no later than March 31, 2017. The abstract should address:

  • Industry background.
  • Presentation objectives.
  • Problems addressed.
  • 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, not a full paper.

Author guidelines

Please check and carefully follow the author guidelines and use the right template (below).

Review and outcome

All first-round submissions will undergo a double blind peer review. The outcome of the review will be sent to the authors by May 1, 2017.

How to submit

You can now submit your first-round submission through the online submission portal by clicking the button below.


Final round: development and submission of final papers, research notes, and practitioner presentations

Full papers and research notes

  • For provisionally accepted contributions, the due date for submission of the final full versions is June 5. After a review, these submissions will be either accepted, accepted with minor modifications, or rejected. Feedback will be sent to the authors by June 15. If minor modifications are requested, the modified submission is due on July 1.
  • For accepted abstracts the due date is also July 1.

The review committee will go through all submissions and authors can be asked to do minor improvements of their submission.

Practitioner presentations

Practitioner presentations (PowerPoint file) are due on August 1. Please also submit a brief summary of your presentation for inclusion in the CINet Conference Book of Abstracts.

Author guidelines

Please check and carefully follow the author guidelines and use the right template (below).

How to submit

All final submissions need to be done by email to the conference secretariat. Note that the abstract in your paper/note will be published in the CINet Conference Book of Abstracts. The full papers/research notes will be made available for downloading from the conference website nearer the conference.

Author guidelines

Read and follow the author guidelines carefully:

Use the following templates in preparing your abstract, full paper or research note. They have been designed to help you develop your abstract, facilitate the review process and, eventually, facilitate the production of the proceedings with all contributions looking as consistent as possible:

Make sure that the manuscript meets all the requirements, including layout specifications. Note that papers that are not in line with the length and layout requested will not be accepted!

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 your full paper, research note or presentation will not be included in the proceedings nor included in the programme.
  • Abstracts should be submitted online. Full papers, research notes and practitioner presentations should be submitted to the conference secretariat by email.

Key dates



  • Abstracts submission
  • Full papers/full research notes submission (for CINet members only and only by special request)
  • Practitioners abstracts submission


  • Notification of acceptance


  • Full paper/research note submission of provisionally accepted manuscripts


  • Full paper/research note submission of accepted manuscripts
  • Full paper/research note submission of provisionally accepted contributions submitted on June 5 that needed minor corrections


  • Submission of practitioner presentations and abstracts
  • Registration for at least one author per submission. Papers for which not at least one author has registered will not be included in the conference proceedings, book of abstract and program.

PhD Workshop


  • Application


  • Notification of acceptance or rejection


  • Submission of short paper (see the workshop website for detailed instructions)



PhD student CINet member € 395*  
PhD student non CINet member € 495
Other CINet member € 495*
Ohter non CINet member € 645
Practitioners (fee for one day only) € 195  

The fee includes the conference proceedings, and the conference dinner, lunches and refreshments. Please carefully read the terms and conditions when registering.

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




About Potsdam, the hosting city

Potsdam is the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. It directly borders the German capital Berlin and is part of the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan region. It is situated on the river Havel, 24 kilometres southwest of Berlin's city center.

Potsdam was a residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, until 1918. Its planning embodied ideas of the age of enlightenment: through a careful balance of architecture and landscape Potsdam was intended as "a picturesque, pastoral dream" which reminded its residents of their relationship with nature and reason. Around the city there are a series of interconnected lakes and cultural landmarks, in particular the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. The Potsdam Conference, the major post-World War II conference between the victorious Allies, was held at another palace in the area, the Cecilienhof.

Babelsberg, in the south-eastern part of Potsdam, was a major film production studio before the war and has enjoyed success as a major center of European film production since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Filmstudio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world.

Potsdam developed into a centre of science in Germany in the 19th century. Today, there are three public colleges, the University of Potsdam, and more than 30 research institutes in the city.


Conference venue

The conference will take place at the University of Potsdam, Campus Griebnitzsee, August-Bebel-Straße 89, Potsdam.

Welcome reception

The welcome reception will be in the Museum Barbarini Potsdam. With the Museum Barberini (opened in January 2017) a new cultural attraction came to Potsdam. Exhibitions range from the Old Masters to contemporary art with a focus on impressionism. Based on works from the collection of Hasso Plattner, the museum’s founder and patron, the Museum Barberini presents three temporary exhibitions each year with major loans from international museums and private collections.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be in Le Manège, part of Der Kutschstall, in Potsdam. In Potsdam’s old town centre, centuries of history meet all the amenities of the modern age. Situated just off the Neuer Markt (New Market Square), the Kutschstall comprises an ensemble of beautifully renovated buildings. One part of these buildings now serves as the multi-purpose event venue Le Manège.


Suggested hotels

Within a maximum of fifteen-minute walking distance from Campus Griebnitzsee you find the following hotels

In case you have another hotel in the city centre: from Potsdam main station the venues can be directly and comfortably reached by urban railway S7 (to Ahrensfelde Bahnhof, 2 stops: stop “S Griebnitzsee”) or bus 694 (to Sterncenter: stop “S Griebnitzsee”).


How to get to Potsdam

Potsdam is easy-to-reach from all directions by car, train or by plane. Located inside the circle of the autobahn ‘Berliner Ring’, Potsdam is connected with all highways leading to Berlin.
From Berlin, where all long-distance trains and flights arrive, you can quickly get to Potsdam by S-Bahn and regional train. Because of the proximity of the two airports Schönefeld and Tegel, you can arrive comfortably by plane.

Arriving by train
From Berlin (Main Station), take the S-Bahn S7 (direction Potsdam Hauptbahnhof) and get off at station Potsdam-Griebnitzsee or take the regional train to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (main station) and from there the S7 (direction Ahrensfeld) to Potsdam-Griebnitzsee. It takes about 40 minutes from Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

Arriving by plane
From Berlin-Tegel and the airport ‘Schönefeld’ in Brandenburg, you can easily reach Potsdam. From Berlin-Schönefeld take the regional train to Potsdam main station. From there, take the S7 (direction Ahrensfelde) to go to Potsdam-Griebnitzsee. From Tegel, take the airport shuttle to the train station ‘Berlin Zoologischer Garten’ and then the S-Bahn S7 (direction Potsdam Hauptbahnhof) and get off at Potsdam-Griebnitzsee.

Local transport
iTickets are available at ticket vending machines at all train stations as well as bus/tram stops or through the BVG app or VBB app. You can buy tickets for three fare zones if you are flying in via Berlin or commute from there. To get to Potsdam from Berlin you need an “ABC”-ticket (3.30 Euro / one journey). If you stay in Potsdam, you can travel to all conference venues with a local “AB”-ticket (which, however, is not the same as the one you can purchase in Berlin – you cannot buy it in Berlin or use it there later!). The Potsdam “AB”-ticket costs 1,90 Euro for 60 minutes or 4,00 Euro for a day ticket.

Taxi Association (tel.: (+49) 331 / 29 29 29)



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17th CINet PhD Workshop

PhD students attending the conference can attend the 17th CINet PhD Workshop for free.



After the conference (from 14 to 16 September) the d.confestival will take place for the second time, celebrating 10 years of HPI School of Design Thinking.






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