Call for papers DRUID Academy Conference 2018 & PhD Course

This is for doctoral students in economic and management of innovation, technology and organization, to be held at University of Southern Denmark, Odense Denmark

  • DRUID PhD Course: January 14 at 9 am – January 17 at 2 pm
  • DRUID Academy Conference: January 17 at 2 pm – January 19 at 2 pm

Academy Conference Abstract Online Submission Deadline: October 27, 2017 (required both for attending the Academy Conference only, and for requesting to attend both the Conference and the PhD Course)

Motivation Statement E-mail Submission Deadline: October 27, 2017 (abstract must be received separately, by the deadline)

Submission site will open on 1st October 2017.

DRUID is happy to announce the annual Call for the DRUID Academy Conference, and DRUID PhD Course to be held in conjunction with the Academy!

The DRUID Academy Conference and DRUID PhD Course are open for all PhD students working within the broad field of economics and management of innovation, entrepreneurship and organizations. Both events are designed to help outstanding PhD students improve their understanding of issues and make a significant contribution to the academic and policy debates related to the dynamics of technological, structural, institutional, and economic change and management of innovation in Denmark, the European Union, and the world.

The PhD Course is integrated with the DRUID Academy Conference and 5 ECTS Credits can be achieved with attendance and completion of both the PhD Course and the DRUID Academy Conference.

 The DRUID PhD Course is an opportunity for approximately 35 accepted DRUID Academy Conference registrants, who also apply and are selected for the PhD Course.  Participants will take a unique ‘deep dive’ into innovation research to enhance their existing curricula and get a deeper understanding of issues relevant to industry and academia.  Lectures cover a range of topics including strategy, innovation and new technologies, entrepreneurship, and effective ways to publish research results in the field. The event will include opportunities to interact with companies working to build and strengthen innovation ecosystems.

The DRUID Academy Conference format follows previous DRUID Academy Conferences whereby approximately 70 accepted papers will be grouped by theme and presented in five parallel sessions. The format provides a unique opportunity for the matching and mentoring of senior researchers with PhD students during the entire event.

It is possible to attend the DRUID Academy Conference without attending the DRUID PhD Course.  However, it is not possible to attend only the PhD Course without attending the Academy Conference.

Well-recognized international innovation researchers will offer sessions for the PhD Course and Academy Conference on topics broadly covering the DRUID themes. At this moment, we have confirmed PhD Course presentations from Professor Mark Lorenzen, Professor Dr. Merc. Peter Maskell, Professor Keld Laursen, and Assistant Professor Valentina Tartari of Copenhagen Business School; Associate Professor Kristina Vaarst Andersen, Professor René Goduscheit, and Associate Professor Rasmus Koos Hartmann of University of Southern Denmark; Associate Professor Kristian Nielsen of Aalborg University; Assistant Professor Carsten Bergenholtz of Aarhus University (Denmark); and Professor Dr. Jörg Claussen of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München (Germany). Confirmed Academy Conference keynotes include Professor Elisa Giuliani of University of Pisa (Italy). Together with a large number of senior DRUID faculty members, they will comment and interact with participants.

For the DRUID Academy Conference, we invite papers aiming at enhancing our understanding of the dynamics of technological, structural and institutional change at the level of firms, industries, regions and nations. We encourage all PhD students to submit their research to the conference. Do not hesitate to apply even if you have not been in contact with DRUID previously. DRUID is the node for an open international network, and new partners are most welcome.


The DRUID Academy Conference is expected to accept a maximum of 70 PhD student presentations. If a greater number of applications and abstracts are submitted, we will give priority to those that are in the middle part of their PhD and put limits on the number of scholars from each university. Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting, see the attached Call.  The DRUID PhD Course is open for up to 35 of the students who are accepted to attend the Academy Conference.

All doctoral students who wish to present a paper at the 2018 DRUID Academy Conference (without attending the DRUID PhD Course) must submit an one-page abstract (no more, no less, no tables or graphs, with a few key references allowed on page two) before the deadline of October 27, 2017 (Twelve noon, your local time) through the conference website

All doctoral students who submit an abstract for the Academy Conference and also wish to attend the DRUID PhD Course must additionally submit a brief motivation statement (1000 characters max., spaces included) via email to The email subject line must include your name and your submitted abstract title. Motivation statements are also due on October 27, 2017(Noon).

DRUID PhD Course and Academy Conference fees:

Each DRUID PhD Course participant will be charged a fee of Euro 500. The fee and the DRUID Society covers the combined PhD Course and Academy Conference and all meals from Sunday 14 January after breakfast until Friday 19 January, lunch included.

Participants attending only the Academy conference will be charged a fee of Euro 300.  The fee and the DRUID Society covers all meals from Wednesday 17 January after lunch until Friday 19 January, lunch included.

A list of hotels and directions to the Course and Academy Conference will be available on the website.

Timetable (All deadlines are twelve noon, your local time):

  • Deadline for application to attend DRUID PhD Course and DRUID Academy Conference as well as abstract submission: October 27, 2017
  • Decision of acceptance for PhD Course and Academy Conference: November 6, 2017
  • Deadline for registration and payment of fee: December 7, 2017
  • Deadline for submission of final paper: December 7, 2017
  • Program available: December 18, 2017

Conference Organizers:

Mette Præst Knudsen and Kristina Vaarst Andersen (PhD-course responsible), Kristina Vaarst Andersen (Academy Conference Chair), Christian R. Østergaard, René Chester Goduscheit. Melissa Beach and Jeanette Hvarregaard (event administration) with logistics support from the Institute of Marketing & Management at SDU.


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