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Call for papers

The Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) is a global network set up to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the field of Continuous Innovation and related areas of research and practice. The mission of CINet is to progressively become a school of thought on Continuous Innovation. Consistent with this mission, CINet organizes an annual conference. This announcement concerns the 23rd CINet conference, which will take place in Pisa, Italy,  hosted by the Dipartimento di Ingegneria of the University of Pisa on 11-13 September, 2022.


The theme of the 23rd CINet conference, “Pursuing Innovation for a Smart & Sustainable Future”, reflects the need to no longer conceive innovation and sustainability as separate, albeit interacting, concepts, but as a conjoint notion. The global crisis due to the COVID pandemic and the rising attention towards environmental concerns suggest that sustainable innovation is a preeminent answer to the issues that the pursuit of the Triple Bottom Line objectives (people, planet and profit) creates. Specifically, sustainable innovation can answer the current call for reshaping production and consumption patterns to attain lower environmental impacts and higher efficiency and making markets and supply chains more resilient against large uncertainty and external threats.

Furthermore, the recent geopolitical tensions regarding the exploitation of scarce resources, such as coltan in the electronic industry, and the quest for a decarbonised society have further put social concerns in the limelight. In this regard, social responsibility, people engagement, and social development can trigger innovation that, in turn, can contribute to achieving the Triple Bottom Line objectives. For instance, in the transition from a linear to a circular economy it is pivotal to take into account social aspects, such as the working conditions of those allowing resource circularity.

Within this scenario, it is not possible to overlook the opportunities offered by digitalisation, such as the exploitation of Blockchain for realising inter-organisational business process integration (business process choreographies) or the development of digital platforms for fostering industrial symbiosis and enabling resource tracking.

This context presents challenges and unprecedented opportunities that feed the agenda of the 23rd CINet Conference and attract the keen interest of both academics and practitioners.

Session tracks

The 23rd CINet Conference invites rigorous research-based papers and research notes aimed at developing theory and/or practical recommendations on:

  • Managing innovation for achieving organizational sustainability.
  • The competencies needed to pursue sustainable innovation and circularity.
  • Organising and governing innovation eco-systems for sustainability.
  • Business models and business model innovation paving the road towards sustainability.
  • Organisational and innovation theories explaining the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of circularity.
  • The impact of sustainable innovation on achieving the Triple Bottom Line objectives.
  • The relationships between sustainable innovation and circularity.
  • The contribution of Blockchain and other emerging technologies to developing collaborative eco-systems for sustainable innovation.
  • The role of universities in innovating for a sustainable future.
  • Collaboration patterns fostering sustainable innovation.
  • Performance measurement of organizational sustainability and circularity.
  • The contradictions in achieving simultaneous social, economic and environmental sustainability.

In addition, papers addressing a broader set of themes within continuous innovation are welcome. These themes include:

  • Performance management and management control in innovation and innovation networks.
  • Design thinking and continuous innovation.
  • Continuous innovation strategies, practices and performance.
  • Continuous innovation in products, services and operations.
  • Knowledge, learning, and continuous innovation.
  • Organizing for continuous and/or discontinuous innovation.
  • Ambidexterity and tensions in innovation processes.
  • Innovation with external partners.
  • Management of ideas and creativity.
  • Continuous innovation in public settings.

Special track

Besides the theme and tracks mentioned above, there will also be a special track that you can submit your paper for (please indicate when submitting the abstract that you would like your abstract to be considered for the special track Pursuing Sustainable Design-drive Innovation, organized by Emanuela Conti and Anna Codini.

The format

CINet accepts:

  • “Full papers” of up to 5,000 words – to report research that has been completed.
  • “Research notes” of up to 2,000 words – to propose a research idea, seek research collaboration, present a literature review, describe a research design, or report work-in-progress.
  • Practitioner presentations – primarily focused on sharing and discussing (continuous) innovation practice and experience. 

Ever more journals only accept conference-based articles if they are substantially different and/or a substantial extension from the conference paper they are based on. By accepting shorter full papers, we facilitate the development of your work into journal articles. Furthermore, CINet wants to be a place where not only completed research but also ideas for research or collaboration and different stages of work-in-progress are presented and discussed. The “research notes” support the latter purpose. 

Paper development workshop

While most papers presented at the conference are not ready for publication, many provide a good starting point but require additional work before they are publishable. So, true to its nature, CINet selects a number of papers for possible development into a special issue paper, based on their potential and, then, organizes one or more paper development workshops, in the form of a Teams or Zoom event. In these workshops, which will take place late October or early November 2022, the special issue editors will work together with experienced reviewers, to help the invited authors to develop their paper to publishable standard.

Best paper awards

Every year, CINet selects two award-winning papers: the John Bessant Best Paper Award and the Mariano Corso Best Practical Implications Award, the paper must meet the following criteria.

Special issues

The best papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in special issues:

  • Creativity and Innovation Management (CIM)
  • International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM)
  • International Journal of Innovation Management
  • Sinergie Italian Journal of Management (SIJM).
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PhD Workshop

PhD students attending the conference can attend the 22nd CINet PhD Workshop for free.

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Young Academics Workshop

CIYA will organize their 12th young academics workshop on the Sunday afternoon preceding the conference.

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