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Due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the COVID-19-virus outbreak, we have come to a collective decision to postpone the R&D Management 2020 Conference to 2021. We are currently in the process of organizing the postponement and we will inform you as soon as more information is available. In the meanwhile, if you have any urgent matters, we kindly ask you to contact the conference organizers at

We send our regrets and apologies for this postponement. We also apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we hope you understand the remarkable nature of this recent global health issue. More information will follow.

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. 


From Research to Industry and Society :

Investigating the role of collaborations with companies

Public Research Organizations (PROs) are often engaged in collaborations with firms to carry out public-funded  and capital-intensive research projects. At the moment, these collaborations   are overlooked by the extant literature, which is mainly focused on a particular type of scientific actor, i.e. universities. However, PROs, and especially collaborations between PROs and companies, deserve a great attention. Indeed, research infrastructures generally require a huge amount of public money to be designed and in this time of reduction of government’s funds, PROs need to be legitimated by policy makers, citizens and society in general, by demonstrating the ability to generate socio-economic return for companies and society. Moreover, research projects, especially in the case of Big Sciences, typically require the development of cutting-edge technologies, usually realised in collaboration with companies, thus fostering the firms’ innovation processes and capabilities and favouring radical innovations. Hence, investigating the ability of PROs to actually create value for their partner companies and  for the society is very important. 

The companies perspective is very interesting, as they may capture several important benefits, from an economic, strategic and technological point of view. The researchers perspective is also relevant, as they may benefit from collaborations with firms, in terms of acquisition of useful knowledge for their future professional growth, for example in the field of manufacturing processes, project management and strategic decision making.   
Despite these interesting perspectives of investigation,  the extant literature misses to deeply analyse PROs and the innovation activities carried out jointly with firms, as well as the socio-economic value generated for society and citizens taxpayers. For instance, it is overlooked the peculiar nature of PROs, characterized by very specific types of goals, capabilities, competencies and cultural aspects. And, more important from a managerial point of view, it is neglected the fact that such peculiarities may generate obstacles during the collaborations with firms, thus preventing the effectiveness of the collaboration itself and the generation of value.

Lastly, the multi-dimensional nature of the value generated by PROs – industry  collaborations  needs a deeper understanding, when firms, individual researchers and society more in general are considered. 


This special track aims to promote a deep investigation of the topics related collaborations between PROs and firms and to the evaluation of the several dimensions of value (impact) generation. Both theoretical and empirical studies are welcome, and quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies are encouraged.


  • Raffaella Manzini 
  • Martina Dal Molin 
  • Gloria Puliga 
  • Valentina Lazzarotti 

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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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Subsidised Conference Fees


With thanks to RADMA, we are pleased to offer funding to support the attendance of a limited number of Early Career Researchers and PhD students at the conference. Details and application form can be found here

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