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JPIM Research Forum - 2020 Annual Conference

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Call for Papers
2020 JPIM Research Forum powered by PDMA

September 19 and 20, 2020 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside


The 2020 Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) Research Forum, powered by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), seeks paper and poster submissions from scholars from all disciplines who share a common interest in new product development and innovation management. The conference will offer networking opportunities with innovation scholars, practitioners, the JPIM’s new editorial team and the PDMA community. Full papers, special topics proposals and early stage work are all welcome.


Gaia Rubera, Ph.D.
Bocconi University
Milan, Italy

Ahmet H. Kirca, Ph.D.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan USA

Calendar icon    Dates & Venue

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2020
Notification to Authors (Acceptance/Rejection decisions): June 30, 2020
2020 Submission Website:
Conference: 2020 JPIM Research Forum powered by PDMA
Conference Dates: Septeber 19–20, 2020
Conference Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Lightbulb icon    Conference Themes

The 2020 JPIM Research Forum Co-chairs welcome submissions regarding all aspects of new product development (NPD) and innovation management, in the following tracks:

New Product, Service, and Process Design, Development and Management

Track Chairs: Billur Akdeniz (University of New Hampshire) and Berk Talay (UMass, Lowell)

Innovation in the Age of Big Data, Machine Learning and Connected Consumers

Track Chairs: Subin Im (Yonsei School of Business) & Abhi Bhattacharya (Groningen University)

Open Innovation, Innovation Eco-Systems, Disruptive Business Models

Track Chairs: Annette Pop Tower (Clemson University) & Neeraj Bharadwaj (University of Tennessee)

Responsible, Ethical Innovation & Social Innovation

Track Chairs: Cheryl Nakata (UNC, Greensboro) & Regina McNally (Saint Xavier University)

Interfaces between Innovation and other Disciplines including Strategy, Organization, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Operations and Talent Management

Track Chairs: Paola Cillo (Bocconi University) & Luigi De Luca (Cardiff Business School)

Innovation in Global Markets

Track Chairs: Goksel Yalcinkaya (University of New Hampshire) & Janell Townsend (Oakland University)

Submissions from all academic areas, methodological approaches, and regions of the world are welcome.

Research icon    Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted online via

The 2020 JPIM Research Forum will consider the following types of submissions:

  1. Competitive Papers: fully developed papers, up to 20 pages (including figures, tables and references). If accepted, these papers will be presented in a regular parallel session.
  2. Developmental Papers: early-stage papers, up to 10 pages (including figures, tables and references). Authors should describe the key research questions, why they are important, key theories, plans for data collection and analysis, and expected contribution to theory and practice. If accepted, these papers will be discussed in a round-table developmental session with other authors and expert innovation scholars, to offer valuable feedback for further development. Hence, Authors are invited to answer the question “What help do I need with this paper?” in the conclusion section of their paper.
  3. Special Sessions: The JPIM Research Forum welcomes submissions for Special Sessions on topical aspects of innovation theory, novel and useful methods, or unique datasets. A special session proposal brings together a group of scholars interested in the same topic and is evaluated as a whole. A special session proposal should include: title of the special session, a brief description of the session theme and why it is relevant, title and abstract of each presentation (up to five), names, affiliations, and publication list of key speakers.
  4. Posters: up to 5 pages (including figures, tables and references). These submissions, if accepted, will be presented as a poster.


  • Please submit online via
  • Please upload a single anonymized PDF file
  • Please do NOT include any author information in the uploaded PDF
  • Paper structure:
    • Cover page: title, abstract, keywords, submission type (see list above)
    • Main text: include figures, tables and references
  • For manuscript preparation, please refer to JPIM guidelines

Competitive papers, developmental papers and poster submissions will be blind-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Special Session proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Co-chairs. Acceptance/Rejection decisions will be communicated by June 30, 2020.

Star icon    Conference Awards

The following awards are presented at the 2020 JPIM Research Forum:

  • Best Competitive Paper
  • Best Doctoral Student Paper
  • Best Reviewer
  • Best Poster

Winners of the Best Competitive Paper and Best Doctoral Student Paper will receive feedback on their work regarding potential submission to the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) from Prof. Charles Noble and Prof. Jelena Spanjol, JPIM Editors-in-Chief.