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

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The International Society for Professional Innovation Management Conference (ISPIM Innovation Conference), formerly branded as the ISPIM Conference, will bring together innovation management professionals from research, industry and intermediary organisations. The conference format will include facilitated themed sessions for academic and practitioner presentations together with discussion panels and workshops. Additionally, the conference will provide excellent networking opportunities together with a taste of local culture.

Compared to the international ISPIM Connects events it is the society’s conference for Europe. Until 2003 the conference was held biennially in uneven years, supplemented by the ISPIM International Workshop held in even years.

Conference themes of special interest:

  • 2005: The Role of Knowledge in Innovation Management

Conference History:

2025 ISPIM Innovation Conference, 15-18 June 2025, Bergen, Norway
Conference Theme: Innovation Powered by Nature
(Host: TBD)

    Conference Program TBD

2024 ISPIM Innovation Conference, 9-12 June 2024, Tallinn, Estonia
Conference Theme: Local Innovation Ecosystems for Global Impact
(Host: Tallinn University of Technology; Estonian Design Centre)

    SESSION: Knowledge & Tech Transfer
    Business Development in SME: Good Practices and Recommendations
    R&D Cooperation Strategies and Firm Ownership
    Suppliers developing customer knowledge for data-enabled service innovations
    SMEs as top research utilizers
    Technology transfer in Construction 4.0 – A codesign and inclusive process
    Innovate to Elevate: Social Media Knowledge Acquisition for Financial Success
    Do technological similarity/complementarity affect post-M&A explorative/exploitative innovation performance?
    Power Dynamics in Research Commercialisation
    Assessing Transfer Readiness of Knowledge and Technologies
    Perceived Opportunities and Challenges in Horizontal Technology Transfer
    Artificial Intelligence, Inventorship, and Patent Law
    Ecosystems for knowledge transfer and creation

    Other “Knowledge” Presentations:
    What role can coworking-spaces play to bring together local knowledge and foster innovation?
    The Role of Culture on the Knowledge Management
    How Boundary Objects Facilitate Knowledge Integration in Small Group
    Measuring Knowledge Workers’ Knowledge Protection in External Collaboration
    Individual antecedents of knowledge sharing in external collaboration

2023 ISPIM Innovation Conference, 4-7 June 2023, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Conference Theme: Innovation and Circular Economy
(Host: University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business)

    Hot Topic Discussions:
    What is the hardest part of being a knowledge broker, and what needs to be done about it? (Future & Foresight SIG)

    SESSION: Knowledge & Technology Transfer
    Bridging the Gap between Product Innovation and Product Planning
    Hidden Mechanisms of Learning Races for Collaborative Breakthrough Innovation
    Exploring ideas in hybrid work: A spatio-temporal analysis of challenges
    Reasons and Triggers using Research Results in Corporate Product Engineering
    Knowledge Transfer Prolonginging Product Life – An Innovative Business Model
    Using Photovoice (PVM) method for teaching and learning
    The Role of Interdisciplinary Research in University Technology Transfer
    The Mechanisms of Transfer Scouting in Technology Transfer Ecosystems
    Systematic Evaluation of Knowledge Transfers in Product and Production Engineering
    Dynamic Capabilities of Innovation Intermediaries and Digitalization of SMEs
    Knowledge Rejection: Antecedents and Behavior Types
    Behavioral ambidexterity: Relationship of individual absorptive capacity to exploration and exploitation

    Other “Knowledge” Presentations:
    Campus as a living lab: innovation intermediaries for knowledge transfer
    Creating novel knowledge at the university-industry boundary
    Effect of external knowledge sourcing and absorptive capacity under uncertainty
    Indigenous knowledge integration through open innovation interfaces

    Workshops:
    Becoming a Better Knowledge Broker: How to use network science, social science, and AI to bridge silos and facilitate innovatio

2022 ISPIM Innovation Conference, 5-8 June 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark / Virtual venue
Conference Theme: Innovating in a Digital World
(Host: digital Hub Denmark)

    Themes:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation

2021 ISPIM Innovation Conference, 20-23 June 2021, Berlin, Germany Virtual venue
Conference Theme: Innovating Our Common Future
(Host: Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability; UXBerlin Innovation Consulting; ESCP Business School, Berlin Campus)

    Sessions:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation

    Panels:
    Indigenous Hackathons: Harnessing the power of collective intelligence and Indigenous knowledge and practices to address complex socio-environmental challenges (Thought Leaders panel)

2020 ISPIM Innovation Conference, 7-10 June 2020, Berlin, Germany Virtual venue
Conference Theme: Innovating Our Common Future Innovating in Times of Crisis
(Host: Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability; UXBerlin Innovation Consulting; ESCP Business School, Berlin Campus)

    Note: On-site conference postponed to 2021; Alternative virtual conference instead

    Sessions:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation
    Health & Transferring Knowledge for Innovation (mixed session)

(30th) 2019 ISPIM Innovation Conference, June 16-19, 2019, Florence, Italy
Conference Theme: Celebrating Innovation: 500 Years Since Da Vinci
(Host: University of Florence)

    Sessions:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation: (1) Innovation Performance, (2) People & Patents, (3) People & Culture, (4) Transfer, Protection & Risk, (5) Knowledge Management

2018 ISPIM Innovation Conference, June 17-20, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden
Conference Theme: Innovation, The Name of the Game
(Host: Association for Onnovation Management Professionals Sweden and KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

    Sessions:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation: (1) General Session, (2) Management, (3) Organizations
    Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching 1: Knowledge Development

2017 ISPIM Innovation Conference, June 18-21, 2017, Vienna, Austria
Conference Theme: Composing the Innovation Simphony
(Host: City of Vienna and Wirtschaftskammer Österreich)

    Sessions:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation: (1) IP & Opportunities, (2) General session, (3) General session

    Workshops:
    Repeatable Disruptive Innovation: The Concept-Knowledge Method

2016 ISPIM Innovation Conference, June 19-22, 2016, Porto, Portugal
Conference Theme: Blending Tomorrow’s Innovation Vintage
(Host: Agência Nacional de Inovação and University of Porto)

    Sessions:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation: (1) Themes, (2) Absorptive Capacity, (3) Networks & Knowledge

2015 ISPIM Innovation Conference, June 14-17, 2015, Budapest, Hungary
Conference Theme: Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation
(Host: National Innovation Office of Hungary and University of Miscolc)

    Sessions:

2014 ISPIM Innovation Conference, June 8-11, 2014, Dublin, Ireland
Conference Theme: Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society
(Host: Intel Labs Europe)

    Sessions:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation (SIG): 4 Sessions

2013 ISPIM Conference, June 16-19, 2013, Helsinki, Finland
Conference Theme: Innovating in Global Markets: Challenges for Sustainable Growth
(Host: Aalto University, School of Business, Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research; Lappeenranta University of Technology)

    Sessions:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation (SIG): 4 Sessions
    Collaboration: Knowledge sharing
    People, Culture & Knowledg (academic research development session)

    Workshops:
    Transferring Knowledge for Innovation (SIG): Exploring knowledge reciprocity

    Hot Topic Roundtable Sessions:
    How can we improve the success rate of Knowledge Transfer Projects? (scientific-led)
    How do you preserve organizational learning and knowledge in an open innovation, open collaboration environment? (industry-led)

2012 ISPIM Conference, June 17-20, 2012, Barcelona, Spain
Conference Theme: Action for Innovation: Innovating from Experience
(Host: La Salle University in partnership with Orbita97)

    Sessions:

2011 ISPIM Conference, June 12-15, 2011, Hamburg, Germany
Conference Theme: Sustainability in Innovation: Innovation Management Challenges
(Host: Hamburg University of Technology)

    Sessions:
    Innovation & knowledge (2 sessions)
    Open Innovation: Knowledge & collaboration

    Hot Topic Discussion Circles:
    Innovation “lessons learned” reviews – are there better ways to share knowledge?

2010 ISPIM Conference, June 6-9, 2010, Bilbao, Spain
Conference Theme: The Dynamics of Innovation
(Host: Innobasque – the Basque Innovation Agency)

    Sessions:
    Open Innovation & Collaboration: Knowledge
    Knowledge Management

(20th) 2009 ISPIM Conference, June 21-24, 2009, Vienna, Austria
Conference Theme: The Future of Innovation
(Host: The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber)

    Sessions:
    Innovation Networks: Knowledge

2008 ISPIM Conference, June 15-18, 2008, Tours, France
Conference Theme: Open Innovation – Developing New Products & Services Through Collaboration
(Host: ESCEM School of Business and Management)

    Keynotes:
    Knowledge Management at PwC: Building the firm’s innovation spaces

    Sessions:
    n.a.

2007 ISPIM Conference, June 15-18, 2007, Warsaw, Poland
Conference Theme: Innovation for Growth: The Challenges for East & West
(Host: Technology Partners Foundation)

    Keynotes:
    Strategic Innovation: Knowledge Creation and Collaboration — Driving Products & Services

    Sessions:
    n.a.

2006 ISPIM Conference, June 11-14, 2006, Athens, Greece
Conference Theme: Networks for Innovation
(Host: Technological Educational Institute of Athens)

    Tracks:
    n.a

2005 ISPIM Conference, 19-22 June 2005, Porto, Portugal
Conference Theme: The Role of Knowledge in Innovation Management
(Host: Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC))

    Keynotes:
    Knowledge Creation (2)
    Case Studies (2)
    Supporting Services (2)
    Knowledge Sharing (2)
    Knowledge Application and Practice (2)

    Tracks:
    n.a.

2004 ISPIM Conference, June 20-23, 2004, Oslo, Norway
Conference Theme: Successfully creating innovative products and services: integrating academia, business and consulting” will take place from
(Host: Computas et al)

    Sessions:

14th 2003 ISPIM Conference, June 8-11, 2003, Manchester, United Kingdom
Conference Theme: Innovation through Collaboration: Clusters, Networks, Alliances
(Host: S3 International)

    Sessions:
    n.a.

2002 ISPIM International Workshop, September 15-18, 2002, Rome, Italy
Conference Theme: Conference Theme: Successful Managerial Choices in Innovation Management: Their Socio-Economic Implications
(Host: Studio Chiaromonte under the High Patronage of: CNEL and Municipality of Rome)

13th 2001 ISPIM Conference, June 18–20, 2001, Lappeenranta, Finland
Conference Theme: Challenges of Innovation and Technology Management for the New Millennium
(Host: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Lappeenranta University of Technology)

    Sessions:
    n.a.

2000 ISPIM International Workshop, September, 25-27, 2000, Copenhagen, Denmark
(Host: The Danish Association of Product Innovation Management, Innovation Management U3, Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School)

12th 1999 ISPIM Conference, September 27-29, 1999, Tokyo, Japan
(Host: Nihon University)
Conference Theme: New roles and issues facing innovation management in the 21st century

    Sessions:
    n.a.

1998 ISPIM International Workshop, Vienna, Austria
Conference Theme: The power of Innovation leadership

11th 1997 ISPIM Conference – San Sebastian, Spain
Conference Theme: Theory and Tools for Innovation Management

1996 ISPIM International Workshop, Stavanger, Norway
Conference Theme: The Effect of Networking

10th 1995 ISPIM Conference, Rome, Italy
Conference Theme: Dissemination of Innovation and its Implications

1994 ISPIM International Workshop, Kassel, Germany

9th 1993 ISPIM Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1992 ISPIM International Workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark

8th 1991 ISPIM Conference, Jerusalem, Israel

7th 1989 ISPIM Conference, Berlin, West Germany

6th 1987 ISPIM Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom

5th 1985 ISPIM Conference, Innsbruck, Austria

4th 1983 ISPIM Conference, Trondheim, Norway

3rd 1981 ???

2nd 1979 ISPIM Conference, Frankfurt, West Germany

1st 1974 ISPIM Conference, Trondheim, Norway

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