The Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) is a global network set up to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the field of Continuous Innovation and related areas of research and practice. The mission of CINet is to progressively become a school of thought on Continuous Innovation. Consistent with this mission, CINet organizes an annual conference. This announcement concerns the 24th CINet conference, which will take place in Linz, Austria, hosted by the Institut für Strategisches Management of the Johannes Kepler University Linz on 17-19 September, 2023.
The theme of the 24th CINet conference, "Taking care of our future: Foresight and innovation for a sustainable world", reflects the urgent need of addressing the grand challenges the world is facing today.
In the past, the primary goals of innovation were mostly economic. Today, however, the importance of non-economic criteria (e.g., environmental and social criteria) is not disputed any longer.
At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has been adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which urge the world, including all industries world-wide, to adopt or contribute a range of people-planet-profit, i.e., sustainability strategies.
It is not only a moral perspective that increasingly motivates companies to address the issue of sustainability, but also the consideration that dealing with sustainability challenges can be a great source for innovations and business opportunities. In this regard, it is pivotal to not only focus on environmental initiatives, such as moving from a linear to a circular economy, but also on social aspects, such as the working conditions of those allowing resource circularity and social innovation in general.
Research has convincingly shown that recognizing the potential of disruptive changes and implementing innovations in time is no trivial task for established companies. In this context, foresight has been proposed as a promising approach towards potentially disruptive changes. In order to gain a deep understanding of nonobvious future challenges, it is critical that organizations identify, analyze and act upon trends in their external environment and facilitate a dialogue between key players with different views.
This context presents challenges and unprecedented opportunities that feed the agenda of the 24th CINet Conference and are hoped to attract the keen interest of both academics and practitioners.
The 24th CINet Conference invites rigorous research-based papers and research notes as well as practitioner presentations aimed at developing theory and/or practical recommendations related to the conference theme, “Taking care of our future: Foresight and innovation for a sustainable world”, including:
In addition, papers addressing a broader set of themes within continuous innovation are welcome. These themes include:
Ever more journals only accept conference-based articles if they are substantially different and/or a substantial extension from the conference paper they are based on. By accepting shorter full papers, we facilitate the development of your work into journal articles. Furthermore, CINet wants to be a place where not only completed research but also ideas for research or collaboration and different stages of work-in-progress are presented and discussed. The “research notes” support the latter purpose. And, last but not least, CINet want to be the place where theory and practice meet. The submission of ideas for practitioner presentations will be greatly appreciated.
While most papers presented at the conference are not ready for publication, many provide a good starting point but require additional work before they are publishable. So, true to its nature, CINet selects a number of papers for possible development into a special issue paper, based on their potential and, then, organizes one or more paper development workshops, in the form of a Teams or Zoom event. In these workshops, which will take place late October or early November 2023, the special issue editors will work together with experienced reviewers, to help the invited authors to develop their paper to publishable standard.
Every year, CINet selects two award-winning papers: the John Bessant Best Paper Award and the Mariano Corso Best Practical Implications Award, the paper must meet the following criteria.
The best papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of Creativity and Innovation Management (CIM).