Downloadable Call for Papers:


P4-IE Conference Call for Papers



Suggested Conference Tracks:


Innovation Ecosystems


Advanced manufacturing, Automotive & Aerospace

Fabiano Armellini (Polytechnique Montréal)

Elicia Maine (Simon Fraser University)

Urban Mobility & Infrastructure

Mario Bourgault (Polytechnique Montréal)

David Wolfe (University of Toronto)

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystems

Shiri Breznitz (University of Toronto)

Sophie Veilleux (Université Laval)

Scaling up Innovation Ecosystems: Best Practices, Indicators & Policies

Catherine Beaudry (Polytechnique Montréal)

Pierre Therrien (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)

Rural Region Ecosystems

Brian Wixted (University of Saskatchewan)

Laurette Dubé (McGill University)

Healthcare Innovation Ecosystems

Patrick Cohendet (HÉC Montréal)

Thierry Burger-Helmchen (Université de Strasbourg)

AI & Innovation Ecosystems

Laurent Simon (HÉC Montréal)

Majlinda Zhegu (Université du Québec à Montréal)

New Approaches for Innovation Measurement

Jan Youtie (GeorgiaTech)

Philip Shapira (Manchester Business School)



Important Deadlines:


  • Submissions of extended abstracts due by 25 February, 2020 

  • Acceptance notification by 10 March 2020



Submission Guidelines:


We encourage authors to submit abstracts that span multiple approaches and

literature. Submissions can take many forms:

  • Quantitative or empirical papers
  • Experimental papers
  • Theoretical papers (including models and simulations)
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative or case study-based papers


Submissions in PDF format should be single-spaced, using at least 12 pt size fonts on US Letter paper, should include all six elements below:

  • Extended abstract (1000-1500 words) will have to be submitted (how).
  • List of up to 5 keywords
  • Topic(s)
  • Innovation ecosystem(s)
  • Names of all authors
  • Affiliations of all authors



Research Topics and Questions:


Conference papers submitted may include topics and questions related but not limited to:  


Institutions and policies for successful innovation ecosystems 

  • Are ecosystems self-emerging or the result of specific initiatives (public or private)? Which model is more appropriate/sustainable and in what circumstances? 

  • What public policies, innovation policies in particular, facilitate the emergence of these ecosystems? 

  • How to co-develop these policies, including the regulatory framework, alongside industrial practices and processes to ensure innovation success? 

  • How to anticipate the commercialisation trajectories of research being performed within universities, firms and the ecosystem in general? 

  • As the speed at which new technologies are being developed continues to increase, how to ensure that all stakeholders are involved from the get-go in well-coordinated entities, such as innovation ecosystems? 


Transformation and sustainability of innovation ecosystems 

  • How do ecosystems evolve and remain agile as new technologies are developed, diffused and adopted? 

  • What new configurations, spaces and networks are required for the successful evolution of innovation ecosystems? 

  • Who are the instigators of these transformations, within firms, institutions and ecosystems? What drives their evolution? 

  • How do multiple point of views aggregate to ensure the sustainability of the ecosystems? 

  • What are the commonalities and divergences of the ecosystems as they emerge, transform or evolve? 

  • How does public policy need to change/adapt to foster the necessary transformations? 

  • How sustainable is the ecosystem once it has emerged, or has evolved? 

  • How to scale up ecosystems? And is this an alternative or a complement to scaling up firms? 


Governance of innovation ecosystems 

  • What organizations/individuals (at the core of the network) are the convenors and/or facilitators of innovation ecosystems? 

  • How are innovation ecosystems managed/governed? 

  • How integrated are the formal and informal processes within innovation ecosystems? 

  • What new practices, platforms, roles and functions are required to operationalize and govern innovation ecosystem? 

  • How to co-develop the policy/regulatory framework and innovation practices/processes that will enhance innovation rather than slow its progress?  


Relation between collaboration, innovation and economic performance 

  • How do we measure success in collaboration within ecosystems? 

  • What role does open innovation play within ecosystems to foster greater innovation and economic performance? 

  • What is the socio-economic impact of intersectoral/interdisciplinary collaboration on innovation and economic development? 

  • Does the ecosystem facilitate/accelerate innovation production? 

  • What are the key performance indicators (KPIs) for measuring success of collaboration and innovation, of firms within ecosystems, of innovation ecosystems?