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~ Call for Submissions ~

Osaka, the second largest city in Japan, has some specific social issues as well as advantages. The former includes urban poverty, children's education disparities, healthy life for everyone, and environmental sustainability. Those issues are summarized by the theme of the World Expo 2025, "Designing Future Society for Our Lives." On the other hand, the latter includes medical clusters, industry-academia collaboration, and the growth of the start-up economy. 

~ Connecting and Empowering Society ~

The ISPIM Connects Osaka Conference, “Connecting and Empowering Society”, is a three-day event that brings together world-renowned experts on innovation management. Researchers, managers, business and thought leaders will share insights on innovation management hot-topics. Submissions from academic, research, consulting, industry, intermediary and policy are encouraged.  Submissions on the focus themes are particularly sought.

As the world emerges from the global pandemic, it is our intention to run the Osaka conference as a hybrid event so delegates will be given the option to present virtually.


  • Crisis-driven Innovation

  • Industry-Academia collaboration

  • Start-ups and start-up ecosystems

  • Sustainable development

  • Tackling inequality through innovation

  • Traditional industry development

You are invited to share insights on the above-mentioned topics or on other key societal challenges related to the goals of Expo 2025:

Saving Lives: 
Tackling infection and extending healthy life span

Empowering Lives:
Designing education and employment in the era of AI and robotics

Connecting Lives:
Fostering understanding among different cultures and bringing about innovations


  • AI and Innovation (including Big Data)*

  • Business Models

  • Creativity in Innovation

  • Design and Design Thinking for Innovation

  • Digital Disruption *

  • Digital Transformation*

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Start-Ups & SMEs

  • Futures & Foresight*

  • Health, Healthcare & Innovation Management

  • Innovation Leadership*

  • Innovation Management Methods for Industry*

  • Innovation Platforms, Ecosystems and Supply Chains*

  • Innovation Policies & Instruments

  • Innovation Standards & Certification

  • Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching*

  • Living Labs*

  • Measurement of Innovation

  • Methods & Skills for Innovation Management Research*

  • Open Innovation

  • Responsible Innovation*

  • Transferring Knowledge for Innovation

  • Values-based Innovation & Sustainability*

* Special Interest Group

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~ Submission Deadlines ~

  • TBC: Outlines*

  • TBC: Acceptance Notification *

  • TBC: Final Submissions (including papers, profiles & photos) PLUS registration & receipt of payment

  • TBC: Presentation Slides


* early submission and acceptance notification is possible for all authors with external funding application deadlines. contact

~ Proceedings ~

Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings with an ISBN and included online in EBSCOhost and ProQuest. Authors wishing to withhold their papers from the proceedings may do so on request. All outlines are double-blind evaluated. 


Special issues focused on the key themes of this event will be published in Technology Innovation Management Review.

Selected papers will also be entered, where suitable, into ISPIM's associated journals: Creativity and Innovation ManagementFutures & Foresight ScienceInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation ManagementInternational Journal of Innovation ManagementInternational Journal of Technology ManagementInternational Journal of Technology MarketingR&D Management JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social ChangeTechnovation.

~ Awards ~

The Dick Marsh Award
for the Paper with Best Innovation Management Impact

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