8th CINet PhD Seminar

Doctoral seminar on researching innovation

26-30 March 2012, Milan, Italy

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The Seminar

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.

The CINet seminar on Researching Continuous Innovation

The CINet seminar on Researching Continuous Innovation 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 seminar takes place on 26-30 March 2012 and will be hosted by Prof. Mariano Corso of Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy.


The seminar offers space to max. 20 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.

Work mode

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 theory and methodology.


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

Core faculty

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.


Dr. Bjørge Timenes Laugen is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Department of Business Administration of the University of Stavanger, Norway. His main research interest is the link between new product development, production, strategy, organizational development and continuous innovation. Laugen is a board member of CINet.
magnusson 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.



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.

A detailed programme will be available for download nearer the event.

Application & fees

Participation fee

The participation fee is € 575 for CINet members and € 675 for non CINet members. This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, lunches and the Tuesday evening seminar dinner somewhere in vivid Milan.


Interested doctoral students should apply by submitting the application form below (don't forget to add the required documents – see below) no later than 15 February 2012. Besides doctoral students, other researchers developing a PhD thesis may participate. The number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 20 in order to create a suitable and stimulating working environment.


The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the core faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • The applicant's curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research.
  • A letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor supporting the application.
  • A five-page description of his/her research, indicating the research objectives, problem, method and envisaged contribution to theory and practice.


Applicants will be notified of acceptance or reject of their application by 25 February 2012.

Key dates

Application deadline: 15 February 2012

Notification of acceptance: 25 February 2012


Seminar venue

The seminar is hosted by the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano University, in Milan (Italy). Milan is one of Europe's main industrial hubs, and one of the world's most important centres for business and finance.

The seminar will be held at the brand new campus, located in the Bovisa district, in:

Buiding 26b – Room 0.1
Via Lambruschini, 4b
I-20156 Milan, Italy

Hotel and travelling information

We suggest that you book a room in the following hotel:

Hotel Palazzo delle Stelline‎
Corso Magenta, 61,
I-20123 Milan, Italy
Phone: +39 02 481 8431

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Tourist information

Milan is recognised as a world fashion and design capital, with a major global influence in commerce, industry, music, sport, literature, art and media. The Lombard metropolis is especially famous for its fashion houses and shops (such as along Via Montenapoleone) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo. The city has a rich cultural heritage and legacy, and has a unique cuisine. The city has a particularly famous musical, particularly operatic, tradition, being the home of several important composers (such as Giuseppe Verdi) and theatres (such as the Teatro alla Scala). Milan is also well-known for its many important museums, universities, academies, palaces, churches and libraries – in particular the Academy of Brera and the Castello Sforzesco). This makes Milan one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations.


Material needed to prepare yourself is available for download from the members area.






boerHarry Boer
Professor of Strategy and Organization at Aalborg University, Denmark

corsoMariano Corso
Professor of Organization and Human Resources at Politecnico di Milano, Italy

laugenBjørge Timenes Laugen
Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of Stavanger, Norway

magnussonMats Magnusson
Professor of Product Innovation Engineering at KTH, Zweden

ECTS credits: 5


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