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Call for Papers

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), host of the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM), is announcing its annual research forum in Chicago. The JPIM Research Forum, powered by PDMA, is a premier research conference and proud to highlight JPIM, the leading academic journal for research on new product development (NPD) and innovation management.

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EXTENDED Submission Deadline: Friday, June 15, 2018
Submission Decision: Acceptance/Rejection decision made by the end of July, 2018
Submission Website:


Prof. Sebastian Gurtner
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Prof. Haisu Zhang
New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

2018 JPIM Research Forum will showcase:

  • Cutting-edge research presentations
  • ‘From the Editors’ – Publishing for impact at the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM)
  • Special session for junior scholars in the area of innovation management
  • Exploration of emerging topics in NPD and innovation management
  • Dedicated session examining academic-industry collaborations
  • Other special session topics welcome!

Co-chairs welcome submissions regarding all aspects of NPD and innovation management to this important event. Submissions from all academic areas and all regions of the world are welcome. 

The 2018 JPIM Research Forum offers the following awards, which will be presented at this event:

  • Best Paper
  • Best Student Paper
  • Best Reviewer
  • Best Poster

Winners of the Best Paper and Best Student Paper receive feedback on their work regarding potential submission to the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) from Prof. Gloria Barczak, JPIM Editor-in-Chief.

All manuscripts should be submitted via We accept three types of submissions.

(1) Competitive Paper (up to 20 pages)
(2) Poster Abstract (up to 5 pages)
(3) Special session proposal (up to 10 pages)

All submission files should be prepared in the following format:

  • PDF file
  • Double-space
  • 12-point font
  • 1-inch margin
  • No author information should be included in submissions.

Co-chairs' Bios

Sabastian Gurtner

Sebastian Gurtner
Professor of Healthcare Management, Strategy and Innovation
Business School
Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)

Sebastian Gurtner joined BFH in 2016 as a research professor with a focus on healthcare and innovation management. He leads the team strategy and innovation at BFH’s School of Business and serves as head of the executive education program Management in Healthcare Organizations. Sebastian’s research focuses on the creation of value with innovation and in this context especially on low-end innovation, social innovation and resistance against innovation. While his research tackles issues of several industries, the healthcare setting always receives special attention, as the challenges in healthcare are directly linked to the well-being of our society. He has published in a variety of peer reviewed academic journals such as the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Research, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Medical Decision Making and Health Care Management Review.

Haisu Zhang

Haisu Zhang
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Martin Tuchman School of Management
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Haisu Zhang is Assistant Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He holds a Ph.D. degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Haisu’s research interests include product innovation, marketing strategy, and entrepreneurial behavior in the technology sector. His current research primarily focuses on open innovation in the data-rich environment and entrepreneurial financing (e.g., crowdfunding) for technological innovation. His work has been published at the Journal of Product Innovation ManagementInternational Journal of Research in MarketingJournal of International MarketingIndustrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Business Research. Haisu has been an active participant in the past JPIM Research Forum and won several awards, including Best Paper, Best Student Paper, and Best Reviewer.