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The core programme for the R&D Management Conference is structured around a series of parallel sessions each lasting 90 minutes. Sessions comprise four paper presentations that may be academically focused, practice relevant, or a mix of both. Tracks are nspired by this year's theme “Innovation Across Boundaries: Historical Reflection and Future Vision". Details can be seen below. 


The design of new industrial ecosystems :

Relationships between industrial ecosystems, societies and scientific research

Recent works on business model innovation (Schneckenberg et al. 2019; Spieth et al. 2014; Demil and Lecocq 2010), ecosystems (Jacobides et al. 2018; Pankov et al. 2019) and platforms (Cusumano et al. 2019) have underlined the variety of configurations, roles and strategic positioning in contemporary industry but also the need for ecosystems to evolve to address contemporary common threats such as climate change and environmental issues. These works raised the critical issue of designing these ecosystems: is it possible to design an ecosystem to face contemporary issues? Who are the actors capable of designing an ecosystem? And also: what are the required managerial competences? What kind of leaders? What kind of work division and value division? What kind of collaborations? 

On the other hand, the study of design regimes and innovation dynamics has shed light on new actors and new forms of interactions supporting intensive innovation dynamics at the ecosystem level (Lange et al. 2013; Le Masson et al. 2012; Ollila and Yström 2016). These works underline that new ecosystem dynamics call for new forms of relationships between economic actors, based on the capacity to collectively explore the unknown. In particular it can lead to new forms of relationships between industrial ecosystem, society and scientific research. These works also relied on recent advances in design methods, design theory and even design cognition (Agogué et al. 2012) to improve the analytical framework and experiment with new methods and organizational forms. 

  • research / industry relationship for double impact; 
  • managing collective innovation for contemporary ‘common threats’ such as climate change and contemporary ‘transitions’ such as industry 4.0, digital transition, energy transition 
  • platform emergence and platform overthrown
  • design regimes
  • prescription and ecosystem dynamics
  • cognitive approach of ecosystem dynamics


This track will study these actors in charge of new ecosystem dynamics. Papers can be based on the empirical study of the actors; the track also welcomes theoretical papers that could help rediscuss the nature of the relationship in this process of ecosystem design, a relationship that probably goes far beyond the usual economics transaction. The track also welcomes methodological papers that propose new instruments and new techniques to help study ecosystems design.

In 2019, the track attracted more than 20 papers, 15 were selected for presentation and we had a great 4-sessions track with constructive discussions. Key features merged: 1-The design of new industrial ecosystem echoes contemporary socio-economics issues; 2- A rich empirical material; 3- The design of new industrial ecosystem relies on a surprising variety of institutions; 4- The study of the design of new industrial ecosystem leads to rediscuss basics in the literature of innovation ecosystems and business ecosystems; 5- The design of new industrial ecosystem calls for new models and analytical framework. 

This first success pushed us to propose this track for a second year, with the perspective to apply for a special issue on the design of ecosystems. 


  • Pascal Le Masson 
  • Susanne Ollila 
  • Albrecht Fritzsche 
  • Vivek Velamuri 

Timeline for Submission

  • Decisions on abstracts and papers  27th March
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline 5th May 2020


Registration Fees

Early Bird (before 5th May): £515

Early-Student (before 5th May): £415

Standard: £615

Standard Student: £515

One Day: £300


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