20th International CINet Conference

Innovating in an era of continuous disruption

8-10 September 2019, Odense, Denmark


  • 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 20th CINet conference, which will take place in Odense, Denmark, hosted by the Centre for Integrative Innovation Management of the University of Southern Denmark on 8-10 September 2019.

Theme and session tracks

The theme of the conference is Innovating in an era of continuous disruption. The business climate of many industries is marked by substantial uncertainty in terms of both conditions in the current market and the boundary conditions, within which the companies operate. The increasing scope and complexity of data, circular economy, the impact of the wider ecosystem on doing business, sustainability and similar megatrends are influencing the strategy and operation of companies. Often the companies that are today perceived as the prime competitors will not be the competitors a few years into the future. Many companies will have to expect that completely new competitors (including startups) will enter into the market with a disruptive technology, a disruptive business model or a combination of both. In addition, macro-political tendencies and tumult more or less directly impact the business environment. These market and environmental trends test the ability of companies to continuously innovate and meet existing and future value propositions within the market. These (innovation) management challenges will form the basis of the 20th International CINet Conference.
The central topics of the conference are:

  • What is innovation in an era of continuous disruption?
  • Transformation of traditional industries
  • Innovation challenges in the era of disruption: Managing complexities in processes, products and services
  • Platform innovation: How can we manage a system where the boundaries blur?
  • The role of ecosystems in an era of continuous disruption
  • Collaborative and open innovation in an era of continuous disruption
  • Meeting disruptive challenges of the circular economy and sustainability
  • Meeting disruptive challenges of digitization and data-rich environments
  • Meeting challenges of integrative innovation management and inter-disciplinarity in an era of continuous disruption
  • The role of industry-university collaboration in meeting potential disruption
  • Ecosystems and clusters as a response to new business challenges
  • Business Model Innovation and continuous disruption

In addition, papers addressing a broader set of themes within continuous innovation are welcome. These themes include:

  • 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
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.

19th 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 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019, 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 Sunday 8 September 2019 (afternoon).

PhD lunch meeting - meet the editors

Are you a PhD student? Meet the editors of the Creativity and Innovation Management Journal during the lunch of Monday 9 September 2019 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 2019, 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. René Chester Goduscheit
Aarhus University

hargadenProf. Mette Præst Knudsen
University of Southern Denmark

hargadenDr. Marianne Harbo Frederiksen
University of Southern Denmark

hargadenProf. Tim Schweisfurth
The Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark 

hargadenProf. Patricia Wolf
University of Southern Denmark


Advisory Board

Prof. Harry Boer, Aalborg University, Denmark
Dr. Luca Gastaldi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Katharina Hölzle, University of Potsdam, Germany
Dr. Nicolette Lakemond, Linköping University, Sweden
Prof. Mats Magnusson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
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

Conference secretariat

Jeannette Visser-Groeneveld, University of Twente, Netherlands

Keynote speakers

Elke Weik

"Innovation, Continuity and Disruption. Some Doubts."

Elke Weik is Associate Professor for Organization Studies at the Department of Marketing & Management of the University of Southern Denmark.

Thierry Ranya

Thierry Ranya is Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship (MIE) at École Polytechnique in Paris, France.

Program outline

The final program is available for download).


First round: development and submission of abstracts

*** Exended submission deadline to April 5, 2019 ***


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 5, 2019. 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 5, 2019.


Practitioners wishing to contribute to the conference are invited to submit an abstract (in Word format) of approximately 500 words no later than April 5, 2019. 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, 2019.

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 15. 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. The outcome will be sent as soon as possible after the paper is submitted, but no later than July 8.

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


05-04-2019 Abstracts submission
Full papers/full research notes submission (for CINet members only and only by special request)
Practitioners abstracts submission

01-05-2019 Notification of acceptance

15-06-2019 Full paper/research note submission of provisionally accepted manuscripts

01-07-2019 Full paper/research note submission of accepted manuscripts

08-07-2019 Feedback to authors

01-08-2019 Final full paper/research note submission
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

08-08-2019 Application

10-08-2019 Notification of acceptance or rejection

01-09-2019 Submission of short paper (see the workshop website for detailed instructions)

CIYA Workshop

30-07-2019 Application

10-08-2019 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.

Please note that authors need to register before August 15 in order to have their paper included in the program and the proceedings.

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




About Odense, the hosting city

Odense is one of Denmark's oldest cities and everywhere you can feel the touch of history. Odense is the home town of Hans Christian Andersen and the ”capital” of Funen. Odense is full of charming high streets, lots of museums and activities, Odense Zoo, lovely green parks and much more. Visit the harbour, the Historic Quarter, or Latin Quarter or - for something completely different - Fruens Bøge (a wooded area by the river in the southern part of the city centre). Odense has lots of interesting attractions for. Hans Christian Andersen is perhaps the most famous person to come out of Odense and of course there are several museums dedicated to their favorite fairy tale writer. If history is more your thing, there are several museums and attractions each with their own specialty from 18th century village life in Denmark to Viking Age in Odin's Odense and Cold War at the Bunker Museum. For art afficionados Brandt's is a must see. The gallery is located in the Latin Quarter and always hosts several exhibitions at once - the Brandt's museum is also the location for the welcome reception.


Conference venue

The conference and all other academic parts of it will take place at the Centre for Integrative Innovation Management of the University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, Entrance H, 5230 Odense, Denmark. There is a map availalbe with indications on where the different meeting rooms are.

Finding your way on the campus

There is an app available (both for iOS and Android) called "SDU Maps". We suggest to download it as it will be of great help finding the exact location. If you have wi-fi access (free wi-fi available: SDU VISITOR) you can also use an online interactive map that will lead you to SDU and room locations. There is an interactive feature: In the “Search Places” box, click “Directions” after the marker appears on the map. If you allow access to your location, and click on “My Position,” the map will give you step-by-step instructions for finding the location. 

Welcome reception

The welcome reception will be held at the Brandts Museum in Odense. From March until November there will be an exhibition of photographs of Anton Corbijn. U2, Depeche Mode, David Bowie and Metallica are just some of the many artists immortalised by Corbijn over the past 40 years. His raw, honest photographic expression has defined a whole generation of musicians, bringing Corbijn nothing less than cult status. In spring 2019, Brandts will be presenting the 1-2-3-4 exhibition, which, by means of images, sounds and words, celebrates Anton Corbijn’s iconic work and his significance to both the artists portrayed and music lovers around the world.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner takes place at Restaurant Nordatlanten.


Suggested hotels


How to get to the conference venue

By plane

The best route is to fly to Copenhagen. Copenhagen Airport, the biggest airport in Denmark, is an international airport with many flights arriving from and departing to all regions of the world. For further information about the airport, go to Copenhagen Airport

There is also an airport in Billund (to the west of Odense, on Jutland) with less-frequent bus-train connections to Odense.

By train

Trains depart from Copenhagen Airport. Some go directly to Odense some go to Copenhagen Central Station (København H) where it is necessary to change in order to go to Odense. All westbound trains from the airport stop at Copenhagen Central Station (eastbound trains go to Sweden, so check the direction carefully!). Tickets must be bought before boarding the train. Trains that run from Copenhagen Airport to Odense train station run more or less hourly; schedules are available, and tickets can be bought at Rejseplanen.dk. English and German versions are available. There are also ticket offices/vending machines at the airport and at train stations.

Odense has one main train station (“Odense St.” or also called “Odense Banegård Center - OBC”) which has connections to Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Flensburg (Germany).

By car

Highway E20 connects Europe with Odense. 

Local transport in Odense


Lines 41 - 44, run between Odense train station (OBC) and the university (SDU).  Exit the bus at entrance H at the university.  If you have taken the train to Odense, you can use your train ticket as bus fare the same day with no breaks. Bus fare costs 24 DKK.  You can also use an App (“Rejseplanen”) to find routes if needed. Tickets must be purchased in the bus and by cash only. See bus table for additional information (English and German versions are available). 


Cost about 150 DKK (about € 20). Ask the driver to drop you off at entrance H. Taxis can be found at the train station or booked by phone: +45 66 15 44 15 or +45 66 12 27 12.




19th CINet PhD Workshop

PhD students attending the conference can attend the 19th CINet PhD Workshop for free.


10th CIYA Workshop

CIYA will organize their 10th workshop on the Sunday afternoon preceding the conference.


Workshop: The future of drones

As part of the CINet conference 2019, the organizers invite the conference participants to a workshop on the topic of “The future of drones”.



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