19th International CINet Conference

Continuous Innovation: Spinning out and spinning in

9-11 September 2018, Dublin, Ireland


***The paper selections for the special issues has been made, the authors have been invited.***

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

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 organizes an annual conference. This announcement concerns the 19th CINet conference, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland, hosted jointly by University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin on 9-11 September 2018.

Theme and session tracks

The theme of the conference is “Continuous Innovation: Spinning Out and Spinning In”. Researchers and practitioners seek to explore and to exploit research for commercial, environmental and societal benefit. In addition, practice continues to inform research opportunities. Both national and European research funding agencies recognise this interplay between research and practice. So, depending on the perspective, continuous innovation may be seen as research spinning out into practice, for example through licences, patents or new venture creation. In addition, practice may spin into research agendas, forming the basis for collaborative research initiatives. 
Thus, all related to continuous innovation: spinning out and spinning in, central topics at the conference are:

  • Design of incentives to encourage industry-university continuous innovation and collaboration
  • Collaboration and partnerships to transform economies
  • Transforming business models
  • Design thinking and continuous innovation
  • New forms of leadership and intelligent support of workers in an increasingly complex workspace
  • New organizational structures and processes balancing technological and human aspects
  • The role of university incubators
  • Role of European, national and regional policies
  • Creating a culture/climate for continuous innovation
  • Intrapreneurial – internally-driven vs. entrepreneurial – externally-acquired innovation
  • Collaborative management research
  • Curriculum design

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.

18th 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 7 and Saturday 8 September 2018, 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 9 September 2018.

PhD lunch meeting

Are you a PhD student? Meet the editors of CIM during lunch on Tuesday 11 September 2018 and learn how to publish in CIM and how to be a good reviewer.

Special issues and paper development workshop

The best papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in special issues of the Journal of Creativity and Innovation Management (CIM) and the International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM).

While most papers presented at the conference are not ready for publication, many provide a good starting point but require additional work before they are publishable. So, true to its nature, CINet has decided to engage in an experiment. The committee selecting the best conference paper and best practical implications paper, will select a number of papers, based on their potential. These papers will undergo a thorough review process within 2-3 weeks after the conference.

The CIM and IJTM (guest) editors will then decide with which papers they continue, and organize one or more paper development workshops, in the form of a Skype event, a webinar, or similar. In these workshops, which will take place late October or early November 2018, the (guest) editors will work together with experienced reviewers, to help the invited authors to develop their paper to publishable standard.

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

coughlanProf. Paul Coughlan
Trinity College Dublin

hargadenDr. Vincent Hargaden
University College Dublin

hargadenDr. Ana de Almeida Kumlien
Trinity College Dublin

olta mestreProf. María José Oltra Mestre
Universitat Jaume I

Advisory Board

Drs. Gerard Berendsen, Twente Quality Centre, Netherlands
Prof. Harry Boer, Aalborg University, Denmark
Dr. Luca Gastaldi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Katharina Hölzle, University of Potsdam, Germany
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 of Technology, Sweden
Dr. Klaasjan Visscher, University of Twente, Netherlands
Prof. Patricia Wolf, Hochschule Luzern/ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Conference secretariat

Jeannette Visser-Groeneveld, University of Twente, Netherlands

Plenary panel speakers

Mary Cronin

Mary is an entrepreneur, growth strategist and international innovation catalyst, working with corporates, government bodies and SMEs in Ireland and internationally to help them grow and scale their businesses. Her domain expertise is innovation, entrepreneurship and growth strategies. She has started three companies since 2007. She founded technology consultancy Lateral Thinking in 2007 and was CEO of Thousand Seeds from 2009-2017. In 2017 she established UpThink Innovation Agency which creates and implements incubation and acceleration programmes for organisations and commercialisation hubs using lean and design-led validation methodologies. Prior to 2007, she led teams to create and manage large, complex technology systems and enterprise solutions. Mary lecturers in Entrepreneurship at University College Dublin to undergraduate and postgraduate/executive students as well as providing mentoring for start-ups at the university’s incubation centre (NovaUCD). Mary holds a BSc in Computer Science, a higher diploma in Executive and Business Coaching and is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council.

Stephen Donoghue

Stephen is based in NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, where he is responsible for fostering the development of a strong Intellectual Property (IP) pipeline in the environment research space by supporting researchers at grant proposal stages and in drafting business plans and commercialisation roadmaps to ensure that the resulting IP is commercialised via licensing and/or start-up creation to achieve maximum strategic impact. Stephen previously held a number of positions at Swansea University, including Technology Transfer Officer and IP & Commercialisation Research Manager. At Swansea, Stephen helped to develop a diverse range of technologies including cleantech, biofuels, GMOs, biopesticides and several modelling and medical technologies. He also led on the first investment by the VC firm IP Group in Swansea University technology. Stephen graduated with a BSc in Biotechnology from Dublin City University and has obtained postgraduate degrees in Toxicology and Pathology from the University of Leicester. After his PhD Stephen completed postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and UCD.

John McKeon

John is currently the CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd, an international standards and certification body, a company he founded while working as an Emergency Room doctor. As a co-founder, he has secured significant equity investments as well as several hundred thousands of euros in grant awards. He has led the development of an international intellectual property portfolio of patents and trade mark applications and negotiated complex licensing agreements with large multinationals. As an expert in healthcare entrepreneurship he is always on the lookout for new opportunities and assignments in life sciences, digital health & medical device sectors. John qualified as a medical doctor from Trinity College Dublin in 1996, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In addition to his entrepreneurial and business activities, John also maintains an interest in university research and knowledge exchange practices. He is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation in the Faculty of Health Sciences as well as a member of the Knowledge Transfer & Innovation Committee, in Trinity College Dublin.

Majella Murphy

Majella has over 20 years experience working as a commercial leader in the ICT sector. She has extensive direct experience in innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation, across a broad spectrum of technical and scientific domains and has an intimate knowledge and appreciation of the challenges of commercialising university-led research. She has designed and managed programmes for taking new ventures on their difficult journey towards sustainability, be that organic growth or grant and venture capital investment. In September 2015 she took up a position as Entrepreneur-in Residence at UCD College of Business, with a specific focus on supporting students in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in their entrepreneurial and innovative endeavours. Majella began her career as a strategy consultant with Accenture. She was a member of the senior management team of Traventec, a travel technology startup. She was Venture Leader with National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) where she was instrumental in the founding stages of numerous technology ventures, primarily emanating from the research base, providing hands-on mentoring and often times taking the lead commercial role.

Program outline

The detailed final programme is available for download.


First round: development and submission of abstracts

*** Exended submission deadline to April 4, 2018 ***


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 April 4, 2018. 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 April 4, 2018.


Practitioners wishing to contribute to the conference are invited to submit an abstract (in Word format) of approximately 500 words no later than April 4, 2018. 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, 2018.

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 of a submission needs to register not later than August 1, otherwise the 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


04-04-2018 Abstracts submission
Full papers/full research notes submission (for CINet members only and only by special request)
Practitioners abstracts submission
01-05-2018 Notification of acceptance
05-06-2018 Full paper/research note submission of provisionally accepted manuscripts
01-07-2018 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
01-08-2018 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

15-06-2018 Application
24-06-2018 Notification of acceptance or rejection
15-08-2018 Submission of short paper (see the workshop website for detailed instructions)

CIYA Workshop

30-07-2018 Application
10-08-2017 Notification of acceptance or rejection



PhD student CINet member € 395*  
PhD student non CINet member € 495
Other CINet member € 495*
Ohter non CINet member € 645

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.




Event Locations

PhD Workshop

The PhD Workshop will take place in University College Dublin (Belfield Campus), in the Engineering & Materials Science Centre Building, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering (Room 206).

Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/MZquqYM9ib92

From Talbot Hotel:

  • 25 min walking
  • Dublin Bus Routes 7b, 46a, 47, 145
  • Talbot Hotel shuttle bus

PhD Workshop Dinner

The PhD workshop dinner will take place in Dublin city centre. Details will be sent by email to the workshop participants.

CINet board meeting, conference plenaries and parallel sessions

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan. Delegates should note that this hotel was recently renamed and was formerly called “Stillorgan Park Hotel”. Public transport signs may still refer to this old name.

Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/qRQ6hkahFyR2

Welcome Reception

The welcome reception will take place in “The Atrium”, Dining Hall, Trinity College Dublin (city centre).

Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/xjrFDYzwPN12

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner takes place in The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 (city centre).

Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cq6wWQYMzBN2


Suggested hotels

  • Talbot Hotel Stillorgan (this is where the conference will be held). There is a block booking for the conference at this hotel (until August 9) and a special rate for participants. Therefore booking online is not possible. Please contact the hotel by email or phone and mention that you will attend the CINet conference.
  • Clayton Hotel Leopardstown (about 3 km from the conference venue)

How to get to the conference venue


Dublin is served by Dublin International Airport, which is located north of Dublin city centre.


From the airport to the city centre
There are frequent connecting buses from the airport to the city centre, including a special shuttle service, Airlink which brings passengers directly to Busáras (Central Bus Station, Dublin).

From the airport to the conference venue
Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to Leopardstown/Sandyford/Stillorgan (this is where both hotels and the conference venue are). There is a direct service from Dublin airport to the conference hotel (and vice versa) every 15 mins from the arrivals lounge. The costs are €10 one way or €16 for a return ticket.

From the city centre to the conference venue
Cross to the south side of O'Connell Bridge onto D'Olier Street (the street straight on from O'Connell Bridge). This is the pick up point for most Dublin bus routes. You can take the 46A or the 145 - both stop directly outside the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan. This takes approx 35 mins and the fare is approx €2,60. Exact change is required on Dublin busses. Alternatively you can by a leap card. It avoids looking for change and will help as you travel by bus into UCD (PhD workshop), the Concert Hall (conference dinner) and Trinity College (welcome reception).


There are usually an adequate number of taxis in operation in the city centre at any given time. It is possible to hail a taxi from the street, but convenient taxi ranks are located on O'Connell Street, Middle Abbey Street, Dame Street and St Stephens Green.

Please note: Uber and Lyft ride sharing services are not available in Dublin. Instead you could use MyTaxi or Lynk. Both have iOS and Android apps available.



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