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PDMA Crawford Fellow

Wednesday, July 31, 2019  
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Crawford Fellows

The Board of Directors of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) created the Crawford Fellows in 1991 to honor C. Merle Crawford, founder and charter President of the Association from 1976-1977. He operated the association’s office as a volunteer until 1984. Fellows are selected in recognition of superior and unique contributions that have advanced the state of professionalism in the discipline of new products management through direct contributions of knowledge, service, practice and stature in the field of managing product innovation. This is a highly selective honor, so several years can pass between appointments with a maximum of one Fellow appointed in a single year. The following individuals have been recognized as PDMA’s Crawford Fellows:

1991 C. Merle Crawford, University of Michigan
1997 Thomas P. Hustad, Indiana University
2000 Robert G. Cooper, McGill University
2009 Abbie Griffin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2012 Albert L. Page, University of Illinois, Chicago
2018 Gina O’Connor, Babson College
2019 Christer Karlsson, Copenhagen Business School

PDMA 2019 Crawford Fellow – Christer Karlsson

Professor Christer Karlsson has been appointed a Crawford Fellow, based on both his contributions to the academic and professional growth of the fields of innovation and new product development outside of North America, with a resulting impact on the growth of the PDMA in those regions. He created an annual innovation conference, organized through the European Institute for the Advancement of Studies of Management that recently celebrated its 26th meeting. This annual Conference, held in various European Universities, draws between 175 and 275 academic attendees every year. The Journal of Product Innovation Management has been associated with the conference from the its beginning, publishing selected papers from the first meeting and then becoming the ‘official’ journal of the conference from the second meeting onward. This Conference has been a major engine driving PDMA’s and JPIM’s early visibility throughout Europe and was a driving force behind the creation of PDMA chapters in several European countries.