Call for Papers

The idea of Open Innovation emphasizes, among other things, that firms can benefit from acquiring valuable knowledge from external sources and/or selling internally generated technologies, which have low value within the firm’s current business model, to other companies. As such, this prescription for increasing innovative efficiency contrasts relatively sharply with conventional notions of competitive advantage that advocate keeping critical knowledge proprietary to a firm. Accordingly, an interesting question is how the notions of open innovation are received or implemented in different economic environments that offer different levels of protection for firms and their intellectual property. Furthermore, firm level investments in R&D, as well as similar investments in societal knowledge generation or infrastructure at the national level should also have profound impacts on the propensity of firms to engage in open innovation practices.

Open innovation seminar includes a full program of papers, presentations, keynotes and publishing events. Confirmed keynote speakers are Prof. Vladimir Platonov from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance and dr. Nadine Roijakkers from Hasselt University.

Quality contributions for papers, panels, cases and posters are invited, which are double blind peer reviewed. Submissions from academics, consultants and managers on innovation-related topics are strongly encouraged and should focus on the following:

  • Cross-border open innovation (eg. EU-Russia co-operation)
  • Crowd-sourcing
  • Emerging markets (eg. China, Russia) on open innovation
  • Global specialist markets
  • Growth venturing
  • IPR issues in open innovation
  • Open business models
  • Open innovation in public sector
  • Open innovation intermediaries
  • Organizational innovation for NIH and NSH syndromes
  • Regional open innovation system and strategy
  • Services and open innovation
  • Technology commercialization


Important submission deadlines:

15 July 2010: Extended time for for abstracts

18 July 2010: Acceptance Notification

10 August 2010: Final submissions (including abstracts, papers, slides, profiles & photos) registration and payment



Abstract of 300 words should include the following:

Keywords: List no more than 5 keywords

  • Problem: What specific problem does the submission focus on?
  • Current understanding: What is known about this problem?
  • Research question: What is the submission's goal?
  • Design/methodology/approach: How was the study/work executed?
  • Findings: What are the main outcomes?
  • Contribution: What does the submission add to current understanding?
  • Practical implications: Who will gain why and in which way from the findings?



All the files should be submitted by e-mail to sanna.tomperi(at) by the respective deadline.


Conference publications:

All accepted submissions will be published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN number. All outlines are double-blind evaluated. A Special Issues containing selected papers from this conference will be published in The International Journal of Service Science, published by Inderscience and Conradi Research Review.


Seminar fee:

Seminar fee is 80 euros (+ VAT) including full seminar program, conference proceedings, welcome reception, evening reception and transportation to the venue.



Lappeenranta University of Technology

Dr. Marko Torkkeli, Professor of Technology and Business Innovations, Lappeenranta University of Technology & Director, The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM)

Sanna Tomperi, M.A., Project coordinator. sanna.tomperi(a)


Call for papers is now closed. If You have any questions concerning the matter, please contact:

Prof. Marko Torkkeli, +358 40 7611223,