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Copenhagen, Denmark, June 13-15, 2016

Copenhagen Business School

Registration open: December 1, 2015

Submission deadline for papers: February 29, 2016

Submission deadline for PDW proposals: February 29, 2016

Registration closes: June 13, 2016


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DRUID is proud to invite senior and junior scholars to participate and contribute with a paper to DRUID16. Presenting distinguished plenary speakers, a range of parallel paper sessions, and a highly attractive social program, the conference aims at mapping theoretical, empirical and methodological advances, contributing novel insights, and help identifying scholarly positions, divisions, and common grounds in current scientific controversies within the field.



Conference highlights

Plenary speakers presenting the state-of-the-art - and beyond. Plenary speakers at DRUID16 include Linda Argote, Karin Hoisl, Will Mitchell, Timothy Simcoe, David Stark, Michael Tushman and David Waguespack.

Scientific debates with outstanding scholars exchanging opinions in a heated and entertaining setting, and the conference audience opposing or supporting their standpoints.

Paper sessions presenting 200 peer reviewed papers, all with engaged session chairs and carefully appointed discussants. Papers accepted for DRUID16 will be organized around paper paper tracks encompassing:

A: Open innovation, search strategies and knowledge sourcing

B: Markets for technology and knowledge labor

C: Entrepreneurship and growth

D: Creativity, R&D management and organizational behavior

E: Individual and collective determinants of scientific knowledge production

F: Clusters, regions and development

G: Global innovation networks and geographical connectedness

H: Institutional and social innovation and entrepreneurship 

I: Eco-innovation and sustainability

J: Microgeography of innovation

The prestigious DRUID Young Scholar Paper Award and DRUID Best Paper Award.

The grand conference dinner with the usual excellent food and high fun factor.

Excursions to the most happening parts of the local Copenhagen scene.

A DRUID institution, the Afterparty will yet again bring DRUIDs together in dining, drinking and dancing the night away.



Special Flavor: the Microgeography of Innovation

In addition to the extensive regular program, the DRUID16 comes with the Special Flavor the Microgeography of Innovation, featuring scientific as well as social activities reflecting Microgeography, including paper sessions on the local geography of innovation and entrepreneurship, a special journal issue of Industry and Innovation, and keynotes by architects and designers aiming at promoting innovation. Naturally, DRUID16’s own microgeography will also be rethought and reworked, in order to maximize interaction and knowledge sharing between all participants.

On excursions and during the conference dinner and afterparty, DRUID16 will of course take advantage of its local connections in Copenhagen in order to expose conference participants to just how entertaining the city’s microgeography can be.




Professional development workshops (PDWs) are focused, user driven sessions offering a way of sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise with peers in the DRUID community and develop new ideas and projects.

PDWs at DRUID16 take place 9.00-12.00 on June 13, 2016. All participants to DRUID16 can propose a PDW focused on a specific research subfield and/or targeting a specific group, e.g. PhD students, junior faculty, empiricists, theorists, etc.



Information in brief

 Website and registration:


Facebook: - #DRUID16

Twitter: - #DRUID16

Videos of selected keynotes and debates from earlier DRUID conferences:

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