9th CINet PhD Seminar

Doctoral seminar on researching continuous innovation

22-26 April 2013, Budapest, Hungary

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The Seminar


One of the great challenges for PhD student is to develop publishable results from their research. The objective of the CINet PhD seminar on “researching continuous innovation” is to help students mastering the process of getting from a research idea, through a robust research design, qualitative and/or quantitative data, to a publishable theoretical and/or managerial contribution, in the field of (continuous) innovation.

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.

Work mode

The seminar 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 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.

Date and place

The seminar takes place on 22-26 April 2013 and is hosted by Dr. Krisztina Demeter of Corvinus University, Budapest.


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 HSEQ Manager at Sub Sea Services, located in Stavanger, Norway. Sub Sea Services is an innovative medium sized supplier to the oil industry, focussing in particular on developing and producing products and services for offshore drilling rigs globally. Bjørge holds a PhD in innovation management from Aalborg University. He has (co-)authored several articles on new product development, operations management, and continuous innovation. Currently he is exploring the challenges and difficulties with continuous innovation in practice. Bjørge is a former 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.

Monday 22 April 2013

Morning: Research design
Continuous innovation - challenges and dualities. Designing continuous innovation research.
Lecturer: Harry Boer

Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Harry Boer & Mariano Corso

Tuesday 23 April 2013

Morning: Case studies, Action research
Collaborative research in ICT driven innovation:
- Triangulating qualitative and quantitative research for business and social impact
- The observatories on ICT and Management at Politecnico di Milano
- Collaborative Research in practice
- Collaborative research design simulation
Lecturer: Mariano Corso

Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Mariano Corso & Harry Boer

Evening: Seminar Dinner

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Morning: Case studies, Action research
Collaborative innovation research
- Designing collaborative research projects and programs
- Knowledge creation in collaborative research
- Using case studies and action research to create useful and usable theory
- Rigor and relevance – combining the requirements of academia and industry
Lecturer: Mats Magnusson

Afternoon: Free

Thursday 23 April 2013

Morning: Surveys, Case studies
Survey-based continuous innovation theory development:
- Techniques and approaches for generating survey instruments. How do we know what we don't know?
- Surveys: what, when, how?
- Building and extending innovation theory from survey data
- Combining survey research and case studies – closing the research cycle
- Putting innovation research into practice
Lecturer: Bjørge Laugen

Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Bjørge Laugen & Harry Boer

Friday 26 April 2013

Morning: Writing scientific articles – Learning from what the best journals expect
- The journals’ mission à what are they looking for?
- What is a significant contribution
- Some things can be repaired, some can’t …
- So, what do you need
- The secret …
- Exercise
Lecturer: Harry Boer

Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment, Wrap-up and closure
Lecturer: Harry Boer

Application & fees

Participation fee

The participation fee is € 525 for CINet members and € 625 for non CINet members. This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, and the Tuesday evening seminar dinner somewhere in vivid Budapest. Due to local administrative procedures it is not possible to include lunch in the fee. However, paying for it while being there is easy and the costs will be vey low.


Interested doctoral students should apply by submitting the application form below (don't forget to add the required documents – see below) no later than 20 February 2013. 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 15 March 2013.

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Key dates

Application deadline: 20 February 2013

Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2013


Seminar venue

The seminar is hosted by the Corvinus University of Budapest, in Budapest (Hungary). It will be held in the main historical building of the university, located at the bank of the Danube:

Main Buiding – Room 297
Fővám tér 8.
Budapest, H-1093

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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.


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
is HSEQ Manager at Sub Sea Services, Stavanger, Norway

magnussonMats Magnusson
Professor of Product Innovation Engineering at KTH, Zweden

ECTS credits: 5


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