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Call for Submissions

The ISPIM Connects Osaka Conference, “Innovation's Role in Connecting and Empowering Society”, is a three-day event that brings together 250 innovation management professionals from over 30 countries. 


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. 

ISPIM encourages examples and insights into successful innovation practice, challenges or research from all regions of the world. If you are in doubt, please discuss your idea with an email to


  • 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

  • Circular Innovation (SIG)

  • Creativity in Innovation

  • Design and Design Thinking for Innovation

  • Digital Disruption & Transformation & Platforms (SIG)

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Start-Ups & SMEs

  • Futures & Foresight

  • Health, Healthcare & Innovation Management (SIG)

  • Innovation Leadership & Organisational Culture (SIG)

  • Innovation Management Systems, Standards & Certification (SIG)

  • Innovation Policies & Public Instruments

  • Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching (SIG)

  • Knowledge & Technology Transfer for Innovation

  • Living Labs (SIG)

  • Methods & Skills for Innovation Management Research

  • Open Innovation

  • Platforms, Ecosystems and Supply Chains

  • Responsible Innovation (SIG)

  • Values-based & Sustainability-Oriented Innovation Management (SIG)


SIG = ISPIM Special Interest Group


Submission Deadlines

  • 4 October 2024: Abstracts Only (All Submissions)*

  • 18 October 2024: Acceptance Notification*

  • 1 November 2024: Final Submissions (including papers & photos) PLUS registration and receipt of payment

  • 25 November 2024: Presentation Slides


* Abstracts will be evaluated on a weekly rolling basis from 8 September, with the final batch being evaluated per the above deadline. Early submission and acceptance notification is possible for all authors with external funding application deadlines. Contact


Accepted submissions will be scheduled for presentation in the conference programme in thematic sessions. Papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN and included online in EBSCOhost and ProQuest. Authors may withhold their papers from the proceedings on request.


Selected leading papers will be entered, where suitable, for consideration by associated journals: International Journal of Innovation Management; Futures & Foresight Science; Journal of Innovation Management; R&D Management; Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Technovation



The Dick Marsh Award

for the paper that best demonstrates innovation management impact

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