10th CINet PhD Seminar

Doctoral seminar on researching continuous innovation

31 March - 4 April 2014, Budapest, Hungary

  • The seminar
  • Faculty
  • Program
  • Application & fees
  • Key dates
  • Practicalities
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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 31 March - 4 April 2014 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.


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.

Laugen Prof. Patricia Wolf is Professor of Innovation Management and Director of the Creative Living Lab at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland) as well as Head of Research of the universities Institute of Management and Regional Economics. At the same time, Patricia is Private Lecturer at the Departement of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Her main research interests cover innovation management in interdisciplinary teams and research on the next society. Patricia Wolf is Vice President of unBla, a Swiss association concerned with the development and dissemination of unconferencing methods.



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 30 March 2014

Morning: Research design
Lecturer: Harry Boer

Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Harry Boer & Patricia Wolf

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Morning: Epistemological positions in management research
Lecturer: Patricia Wolf

Afternoon: Student presentations and assignment
Lecturers: Patricia Wolf & Mats Magnusson

Evening: Seminar Dinner

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Morning: Collaborative research
Lecturer: Mats Magnusson

Afternoon: Free

Thursday 3 April 2014

Morning: Case studies, Action Research
Lecturer: Mariano Corso

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

Friday 4 April 2014

Morning: Writing scientific articles
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, you will have to pay for that yourself. The lunches take place at the university premises so that the cost are very low.


We look forward to receiving your application, not later than 10 February 2014. Please use the “ Apply” button below, and do not forget to add the required documents – see below. 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:

  • Your curriculum vitae demonstrating your capabilities of doing research.
  • A letter of recommendation from your supervisor supporting the application.
  • A five-page description of your 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 1 March 2014.

Key dates

Application deadline: 10 February 2014

Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2014


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

Hotel and travelling information

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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
Aalborg University, Denmark
corsoMariano Corso
Professor of Organization and Human Resources
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
laugenMats Magnusson
Professor of Product Innovation Engineering
KTH, Zweden
magnussonPatricia Wolf
Professor of General Management
Lucerne University, Switzerland

ECTS credits: 5


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