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    *The deadline has passed for paper submissions.*

    Theme:  Developing and Sharing Innovation Knowledge in a Collaborative Economy
    Submission Deadline Extended:  June 4, 2017 June 18, 2017
    Research Forum Dates:  November 11-12, 2017
    Location:  Swissôtel, Chicago, Illinois
    Co-Chairs:  Gina McNally, Saint Xavier University (
     Janell Townsend, Oakland University (

    PDMA’s Annual Research Forum is the premier conference for new product development (NPD) and innovation management research. In addition to cutting-edge research, the 2017 Research Forum will also showcase special events, including:

    1. A bridge session examining academic-industry collaborations,
    2. A special session exploring NPD and innovation management teaching approaches, and
    3. Other special session topics welcome!

    The co-chairs encourage your submissions regarding all aspects of NPD and innovation management to this important forum for intellectual exchange and state-of-the-art research. Submissions from all academic areas informing product innovation and management scholarship are welcome, as are submissions from all regions of the world.

    Important Dates

    • Submission Deadline Extended: June 4, 2017 June 18, 2017
    • Acceptance Notice: July 24, 2017
    • Final Version Deadline: September 8, 2017
    • Registration Deadline: October 16, 2017
    • Conference: November 11-12, 2017

    Call For Reviewers

    We invite those submitting papers to volunteer to review manuscripts for this conference and encourage you to share this service opportunity with your academic colleagues.


    The PDMA 2017 Research Forum offers the following competitive paper and reviewer awards:

    • Best Paper Award (Competitive paper submissions only)
    • Best Student Paper Award (Competitive paper submissions only)
    • Best Reviewer Award

    Submission Guidelines

    All submissions must be prepared in PDF format (.pdf). Papers must be submitted by June 18, 2017 via Acceptance notices will be sent by July 8, 2017, and final versions of accepted papers must be received by September 8, 2017 for inclusion in the Research Forum Proceedings. If your competitive paper, extended abstract, or poster is accepted, at least one of the authors MUST register for the conference by October 16, 2017 and plan to attend.

    Submission Formats

    Competitive Paper – These papers represent the completed work of their authors. The manuscript for review should be no more than 20 double-spaced pages (including figures, tables and references) with Times New Roman 12-point font. Please click here to follow the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) manuscript guidelines. Accepted competitive papers will be published in the proceedings, either in full or as extended abstracts, based on the authors’ preference.

    Extended Abstract – The extended abstract provides an opportunity to address emerging topics, either conceptually or empirically. Submissions should identify the central research question, introduce the most important references, present the key research findings, and describe the research implications. They should be about 1500 words in length and will be evaluated based on the quality, originality, and value of the research in contributing to knowledge and managerial practice.

    Special Session – Special sessions can take any form, such as a panel of academic and managerial experts on an emerging topic, a collection of 3 papers and a discussant, a “lightning round” question and answer session, etc. Please include as much detail as possible in the proposal, including extended abstracts or manuscripts of any studies to be presented. Special sessions that give scholars the opportunity to collaborate and exchange knowledge in targeted areas of NPD and innovation research are strongly encouraged. 

    Poster – The poster format allows participants to present preliminary findings from the early stages of a research program. These sessions can be very useful in getting input from attendees regarding an early-stage project. Authors may distribute their abstracts, display their findings poster-style, and discuss their research in an open forum. Submissions should be about 1,000 words in length, and will be evaluated based on the quality of the research and potential contributions to the field.



    Questions? Please contact the 2017 Research Forum Co-Chairs or PDMA Headquarters at

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