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12th Young Academics Workshop 

15 September 2021  

Developing theoretically rigorous and managerially relevant research on innovation management

About CIYA

The young academics workshop is organized by CIYA (Continuous Innovation Young Academics) and is conceived as a way to support the career development of young scholars in the field of continuous innovation by teaching and sharing with them major skills needed in an academic career. 

Target audience

The 2021 CINet Young Academics (CIYA) workshop is targeted at young academics such as assistant professors, post-doc researchers and PhD students in the last year of their studies, interested in strengthening their skills to design, program and manage a research program with high impact on multiple dimensions and maximizing the likelihood of being funded by public or private institutions, or companies. 

The challenges

In the first years of their academic life, scholars are often called to change the way their research life is  planned and conducted. During their PhD studies, young scholars acquire skills to design and conduct rigorous and relevant research projects. However, when the stage of their post-doctoral research career life begins, new challenges arise related to:

  • Identifying and seizing funding opportunities for supporting their research at local, national, and international level.
  • Designing research programs that are rigorous and relevant and that can be funded by public or private institutions, or companies, and at the same time produce a stream of scientific publications in top scientific journals.
  • Gaining visibility in the community of business leaders through the outcomes of their research.
  • Transferring the outcomes of their research in teaching activities, in all the segments of university education, from bachelor programs to executive education, in a way that is engaging and pragmatic, and produces actionable knowledge for managers and policy makers. 

Value proposition

The balance of such activities related to education, research and knowledge transfer depends on the capability to properly identify and assess ”pathways to impact” along the various stages of a multi-year research program. To help participants start building this capability, the CIYA workshop is aimed at:

  • Mastering a set of tools that have recently been developed by different academic institutions in order to provide guidelines for researchers in designing and measuring impact.
  • Illustrating experiences with impact pathways coming from scholars from the Continuous Innovation Network.
  • Involving participants in the hands-on application of a tool – the Impact Canvas, developed by the University College of Dublin and increasingly used in the support actions funded at the European Union level – to design a real case of a research program.  


Paolo Neirotti is professor at the Department of Management and Production Engineering of Politecnico di Torino, Italy. With reference to the resurgence of the manufacturing industry in the Western world, Paolo’s interest mainly deals with how lean and high-performance work systems can find new and more sustainable ways of application through the use of new digital technologies on the shop floor such as the Internet of Things, Big Data and Collaborative Robotics. His research has been published in Industrial and Corporate Change, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, New Technology, Work and Employment, and Information & Management. 


09:30-09:45 Opening and welcome (intro of the attendants, warm-up game, expectations)
09:45-10:30 Developing relevant research – keynote Paolo Neirotti
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:00 Forming groups for the “Research Impact Canvas” workshop and explanation
11:00-12:15 Workshop on “Research Impact Canvas”
12:15-12:30 Wrap-up


Deadline for registration for the CIYA workshop is 5 September 2021. Registration for the workshop takes place via the conference registration form. If you already registered for the conference but not for this workshop yet, please contact Jeannette Visser-Groeneveld.

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