International Society for Professional Innovation Management Connects (ISPIM Connects)*

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The International Society for Professional Innovation Management Connects (ISPIM Connects), formerly branded as ISPIM Innovation Summit, Symposium and Forum, are the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) events for the Asia-Pacific and Northern American region. They complement the annual ISPIM Innovation Conference held in Europe. Since 2021 ISPIM Connects are also organized in Europe.

ISPIM Connects is creating connections between people and organisations who are passionate about Innovation Management.

  • Connect with top international innovation managers, researchers, and thought leaders
  • Gain global insights by contributing to local innovation challenges
  • Experience innovation in action by engaging in interactive site visits
  • Share your research or practical experience in innovation

Conference History:

ISPIM Connects Cape Town, 17-19 March 2025, Cape Town, South Africa
Conference Theme: Transforming Futures Through Innovation
(local academic partner: TBD)


    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation

ISPIM Connects Osaka, 2-4 December 2024, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan
Conference Theme: Innovation’s Role in Connecting and Empowering Society
(local academic partner: Kansai University, Kindai University, Kobe University, Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University; co-host: Japan Innovation Network)

    Note: The conference was originally scheduled for 25-27 November 2024, 4-6 December 2023, 4-7 December 2022, and 5-8 December 2021


    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation

ISPIM Connects Porto Alegre, 8-10 April 2024, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Conference Theme: Social Innovation and Impact in the Global South
(local academic partner: Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos)

    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation

    SESSION: Knowledge & Technology Transfer for Innovation
    Impact of entrepreneurial universities: review of benefits of u-i collaboration
    Industry Collaboration Outcomes: a Systematic Literature Review
    Exploring circular economy teaching methods via games and digital innovations
    Knowledge exploration and exploitation dynamics in Brazilian universities

    SESSION: Others:
    Bridging Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystems: A review and research agenda

ISPIM Connects Salzburg, 11-13 December 2023, Salzburg, Austria
Conference Theme: The Sound of Innovation
(local academic partner: Paracelsus Medical Private University )

    Knowledge and Technology Transfer for Innovation

    SESSION: Knowledge & Technology Transfe
    Impact of knowledge structural characteristics and roles on innovation performance
    Research Commercialization: Diverse Value Creation Perspectives
    Beyond Licensing: A Comprehensive Model of University Knowledge Transfer
    Deciphering Technology Diffusion: SEPs and Knowledge Originality Explored
    Research agenda framing in science: aligned or contested
    Knowledge sharing and hiding among organizational members in expert work
    Multi-Metric Assessment of Pharmaceutical Patents: A Novel Paradigm for Originality
    Monitoring the Complexity of Collaboration/Knowledge Structures in Innovation-Oriented Projects

    SESSION: Others
    Control and Knowledge Management in Multisectoral Partnerships for Antibiotic Innovation
    Understanding knowledge bases and expectations between generations in innovation teams
    Intra-firm knowledge transfer and adoption of digital technologies
    Empowering sustainability: Collaborative learning platform for sustainable transitions
    Business Model Innovation in digital Eco-systems: E-learning Industry Use-Case
    Restart Entrepreneurship: Consequences of Failure-based Learning for Value Architecture Design

    The Open Innovation Learning Saloon

ISPIM Connects Athens, 28-30 November 2022, Athens, Greece
Conference Theme: The Role of Innovation: Papst, Present, Future
(local academic partner: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

    SESSION: Knowledge & Technology Transfer for Innovation
    Developing competitiveness and employment situations on manufacturing key enabling technologies
    Strengthening industry-university collaborations using innovation roadmapping
    Developmental trajectories of subfields of research on mergers and acquisitions
    Untangling the fuzziness of evaluation criteria for application identification – the technology-based perspective
    Suggested research on policy for university technology transfer ecosystem
    Potentials and Needs of Research References in Corporate Product Engineering
    Learning by hiring team units Dana Mietzner: Citizens matter – New approaches in Knowledge and ScienceTransfer

    SESSION: Others
    Master Open Innovation: Knowledge Transfer Between International Partners
    Fostering sustainable technopreneurship through learning community in hospitality education
    AI capabilities in industrial firms: An organizational learning perspective
    Optimizing Portfolios With A.I. and Machine Learning

ISPIM Connects Valencia, 29 November – 1 December 2021, Valencia, Spain
Conference Theme: Reconnect, Rediscover, Reimagine
(Host: Centre for Urban Innovation, Valencia City Council)

    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation: (1) Employees & Organizations, (2) Collaboration & Ecosystems

ISPIM Connects Osaka Global, 6-8 December 2020, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan Virtual venue
Conference Theme: Connecting and Empowering Society Celebrating the World of Innovation
(local academic partner: Kansai University, Osaka University)

    Note: The ISPIM Connects conference was originally scheduled for 6-9 December 2020

    Innovation Insights: Learning & Knowledge Transfer

ISPIM Connects Bangkok, 1-4 March 2020, Bangkok, Thailand
Conference Theme: Partnering for an Innovative Community
(local academic partner: Institute for Knowledge and Innovation South-East Asia at Bangkok University International)

    Mixed Session: Measurement & Knowledge

    Hot Topic Roundtable Sessions:
    How can Translational Research help effective University-Industry Knowledge Exchange?

ISPIM Connects Nanjing, 16-19 September 2019, Nanjing, China
Conference Theme: Constructing an Innovation City
(local partner: China Management Science Society)

    Conference Program n.a., may be CANCELLED

ISPIM Connects Ottawa, 7-10 April 2019, Ottawa, Canada
Conference Theme: Innovation for Local and Global Impact
(local academic partner: Universite d’Ottawa (uOttawa), Carleton University)


ISPIM Connects Fukuoka, 2-5 December 2018, Fukuoka, Japan
Conference Theme: Solving Challenges Through Innovation
(local academic partner: Kyushu University)

    Managing Innovation: Knowledge

ISPIM Innovation Forum 2018, March 25-28, 2018, Boston, USA
Conference Theme: The Innovation Game – Base Hits; Not Home Runs
(hosted by Northeastern university School of Business)

    Capabilities & Knowledge

ISPIM Innovation Summit, 10-13 December 2017, Melbourne, Australia
Conference Theme: Building the Innovation Century
(hosted by RMIT University)

    Knowledge Strategy in Ecosystems

    Knowledge Sharing & Transfer for Innovation 2 sessions)

ISPIM Innovation Forum 2017, March 19-22, 2017, Toronto, Canada
Conference Theme: Fostering Innovation Ecosystems
(hosted by York University, Lassonde School of Engineering)

    Collaboration for Innovation & Knowledge Transfer (3 Sessions)

ISPIM Innovation Summit, December 4-7 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Conference Theme: Moving the Innovation Horizon
(supported by Alpha Catalyst Consulting)

    Collaboration & Knowledge Management

ISPIM Innovation Forum 2016, March 13-16, 2016, Boston, USA
Conference Theme: Charting the Future of Innovation Management
(hosted by Northeastern University, School of Business)

    Networks, Open innovation & Knowledge

    Co-located Events:
    “Innova-Con 3” of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP)

ISPIM Innovation Summit, 6-9 December 2015, Brisbane, Autralia
Conference Theme: Changing the Innovation Landscape
(hosted by Queensland University of Technology, Business School)

    Knowledge Sharing & Transfer for Innovation (2 sessions)

ISPIM Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum, 7-10 December 2014, Singapore
Conference Theme:
(hosted by Singapore Management University)

    Knowledge Management

ISPIM Americas Innovation Forum 2014, October 5-8, 2014, Montreal, Canada
Conference Theme:
(hosted by Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, HÉC Montréal and Univalor)


6th ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 8-11 December 2013, Melbourne, Australia
Conference Theme: Innovation in the Asian Century
(hosted by the Victorian Universities Innovation Management Network (VUIMN))

    Revisiting the Business of Knowledge Transfer: Progress in the adoption, application and use of knowledge generated in universities for industrial productio

    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation (SIG) (2 sessions)

    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation (SIG): Learning from Failure

5th ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 9-12 December 2012, Seoul, Korea
Conference Theme: Stimulating Innovation: Challenges for Management, Science & Technology
(hosted by KISTEP – Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning)

    Innovation & knowledge

    Hot Topic Roundtable Sessions:
    How can we engage SMEs to better take advantage of innovation research & knowledge exchange?

4th ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 29 November – 2 December 2011, Wellington, New Zealand
Conference Theme: Managing Innovation for Sustained Productivity: Creating Advantage and Resilience
(hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, Victoria Management School)

    Knowledge for innovation

    Hot Topic Roundtable Sessions:
    How should we balance knowledge-sharing and knowledge-protection in innovation networks

3rd ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 12-15 December 2010, Quebec City, Canada
Conference Theme: Managing the Art of Innovation: Turning Concepts into Reality
(hosted by National Optics Institute/Institut National d’Optique)


2nd ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 6-9 December 2009, New York City, USA
Conference Theme: Stimulating Recovery – The Role of Innovation Management
(hosted by The Fashion Institute of Technology)

    Knowledge & information

    Co-located Events:
    6th International Entovation 100 Roundtable, Dec 4-5

1st ISPIM Innovation Symposium, 14-17 December 2008, Singapore
Conference Theme: Managing Innovation in a Connected World
(hosted by Singapore Management University and supported by Product Development and Management Association)


1st ISPIM-Asia Conference, 10–12 January, 2007, New Delhi, India
Conference Theme (Jan 10): Innovative Approaches to Managing Social and Economic Systems: The International Perspective
(Co-organizer: National Productivity Council, Singapore Management University, Jawaharlal Nehru University; In conjunction with the International Conference on Knowledge Management for Productivity and Competitiveness, Jan 11–12)

    Conference Program n.a.
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