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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. 


Reflections on Business model innovation and Future Vision :

Breaking disciplinary silos

Science, technology and innovation are broadly discussed in the context of economic growth both in academic and practical contexts. In the last century, the term innovation has been studied through various lenses, such as new product development, strategic management and organizational capabilities. Going back to the ideas of Schumpeter in the 1940s and the term "creative destruction", innovation has been seen as a process of creating newness that generates a certain advantage to the creator, motivates other stakeholders to also innovate and thus creates dynamic developments on the markets. Everett Rogers, who popularized the theory of diffusion of innovations, argues that the perceived newness of an idea, object or practice in the market matters more than its objective newness. Henry Chesbrough does not see objective value for a technology per se and emphasizes the need for a business model innovation (BMI) to commercialize the invention and express its latent economic value. In parallel, Tidd and Bessant recognize business model innovation as an important dimension in the innovation space. 

There is a certain confusion or overlap between the concepts of business models, strategy and operations. In a successful business, all of these concepts must fit together. Osterwalder distinguishes three layers of the business by attributing the vision and objectives to the strategic level, the money earning logic to the business model level and the organization and workflow to the implementation process level. In spite of the high interest of researchers and practitioners and the acceleration of publication rate in recent years, the field of business model innovation remains under-researched, and would, therefore, benefit from even more scrutiny from the research community. For instance, so far, there is no agreed upon definition of the term business model innovation, and there is no underlying theory for this phenomenon. 

To design further research opportunities with respect to business model innovation, a reflection should be undergone to initiate the discussion on future visions for this research field. The reflection process should not be limited to a retrospective research on main findings in the field of business model innovation, but more importantly an original research on the connection of business model innovation to other phenomena in adjacent bodies of knowledge. Contribution to this track are welcomed to explore business model innovation in general, but also how this phenomenon is positioned in relation to other disciplines, in particular established innovation theories such as disruptive innovation (Christensen, 1997), lead user innovation (Von Hippel, 1988)  dynamic capabilities (Teece and Pisano, 1994), and open innovation (Chesbrough, 2003), just to name a few. 


Original research either conceptual or based on empirical research that advances business model innovation as a research discipline in relation to other areas such as strategic management, marketing, etc. and in particular in relation to innovation theories. The aim of this reflective process is to break from the silos in which the research field has been evolving towards build knowledge more cumulatively through shared future visions.


  • Cyrine Tangour 
  • Nizar Abdelkafi 


  • Marc Gebauer 
  • Claudia Vinken 
  • David Ziegler 
  • Luise Fischer 
  • Margherita Emma Paola Pero 
  • Lino Markfort 

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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