New York, USA, June 12-14, 2017







Due to high demand, the conference capacity has been reached. Registration is now closed.


Registration for DRUID DISCOVERIES excursions and DRUID DECADENCE after party has also been closed.


Since 1996, DRUID has become one of the world's premier academic conferences on innovation and the dynamics of structural, institutional and geographic change. DRUID and NYC Stern are proud to invite senior and junior scholars to participate and contribute with a paper to DRUID17, hosted by NYC Stern in New York. 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.



DRUID17 Conference highlights 


Opening keynote: Edward Glaeser


DRUID DEBATES present outstanding scholars exchanging opinions in a heated and entertaining setting, and the conference audience opposing or supporting their standpoints. DRUID17 Debates encompass:


PRACTICE ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH: “Research targeted at the practitioner audience is unlikely to lead to scientific breakthroughs in the innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy field.”

YES: John Cantwell and Tina Ambos

NO: Andrew van de Ven and Rita Gunther McGrath


THE DUAL REQUIREMENT OF A THEORETICAL AND AN EMPIRICAL CONTRIBUTION WITHIN THE SAME PAPER: "The requirement of a theoretical and empirical contribution within the same paper is damaging to scientific progress in the innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy field."

YES: Michelle Gittelman and Rich Bettis 

NO: Oliver Alexy and Martin Kilduff


DRUID17 Topical Plenary on DEGLOBALIZATION AND INNOVATION, with prominent scholars discussing with the audience how current policy trends towards protectionism may impact innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial dynamics. 

Juan Alcacer, Anita McGahan, Ram Mudambi, and Michael Storper


Paper sessions presenting 200 peer reviewed papers with previously unpublished research, all with engaged session chairs and carefully appointed discussants. DRUID17 presents papers on innovation, entrepreneurship and other aspects of structural, institutional and geographic change, such as

Open innovation, search strategies and knowledge sourcing 

Markets for technology and knowledge labor

Entrepreneurship and growth

Creativity, R&D management and organizational behavior

Scientific knowledge production and university-industry interaction 

Local, regional and global geographies of innovation, innovation networks and connectedness

Institutional, social and frugal innovation and entrepreneurship

Eco-innovation, sustainability, inequality and inclusion


Papers with new, mixed, or multi-disciplinary theoretical approaches or novel methods that will benefit from the open-ended discussions at DRUID are particularly invited.


Best paper awards. Accepted papers exclusively authored or co-authored by doctoral students will be considered for the Steven Klepper Award for Best Young Scholar Paper while all papers accepted for the conference will be considered for the DRUID Best Paper Award.


The grand DRUID Dinner is known for its excellent food and high fun factor. This year we will wine and dine in style in the heart of Tribeca enjoying 360 degrees view of Manhattan and the Hudson river. 


DRUID Discoveries excursions will make the most out of our conference location in New York’s Village and invite participants on walks through the neighborhood, perhaps revealing a local secret or two.


DRUID Decadence. A DRUID institution, the afterparty will find DRUIDs dining and dancing the night away in true New Yorker style at The Park in the Meatpacking District.


Professional development workshops (PDWs): 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:

PDW1: The movement of people across borders: Implications for innovation and internationalization

Organizers: Larissa Rabbiosi and Aleksandra Gregoric

Speakers: Paul Almeida, Stefano Breschi, Prithwiraj Choudhury, Elena Kulchina, Ram Mudambi and Pallavi Shukla


PDW2: Perspectives on Mobility and Entrepreneurship

Organizers: Francesco Di Lorenzo, Justin Frake and Evan Starr

Speakers: Rajshree Agarwal, Deepak Somaya, Henry Sauermann, Martin Ganco and Karin Hoisl


PDW3: The Direction of Innovation and Science: Advances in Theory & Methods

Organizers: Florenta Teodoridis, Valentina Tartari and Jeff Furman

Speakers: Kevin Bryan, Kevin Boudreau, Kirk Doran, Josh Krieger, Keld Laursen and Keyvan Vakili


PDW4: The Benefits and Challenges of Digitalization in Research and Practice 

Organizers: Annika Lorenz and Giulia Solinas

Speakers: Sebastian Brenk, Lars Frederiksen, Anne ter Wal, Jörg Claussen and Rudi Bekkers 


PDW5: Strategic Leadership in Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Organizers: Nino Van De Wal and Ali Samei




Paper submissions and deadlines


DRUID17 provides an opportunity to take stock of our field and jointly to advance the research frontier. Thus, only previously unpublished research is eligible for presentation and the conference warmly invites research with new, mixed, and multi-disciplinary theoretical approaches and novel methods. Scholars who wish to present their research at the conference must upload a full paper (in PDF, anonymized) not exceeding 12,000 words (including notes, tables, appendices, list of references, etc.) through the website www.druid.dk no later than March 1, 2017 (before midnight at the scholar’s location). Submission of a paper grants permission to DRUID to include it in the conference material and to place it on the relevant websites. DRUID reserves the right to use available software to control for plagiarism and to take appropriate action in severe cases. Details are available under Terms and Conditions on the website.


All submissions undergo double-blinded reviews by at least two independent reviewers with respect to novelty, academic quality and the paper's relation to the themes of the conference. Decisions of paper acceptance are given April 20, 2017. No review or comments will be offered to the author or authors to supplement the decision. Papers not accepted for oral presentation at the conference may be accepted for presentation in a poster session. Authors of accepted papers/posters must pay the conference fee before May 1, 2017, or their paper/poster will automatically be removed from the conference program and website. Revised versions of accepted papers/posters may be uploaded until June 1, 2017. The final conference program will be available June 2, 2017.


Authors may submit more than one paper but each conference participant will only be allowed to present one paper. Co-authored papers may be presented by any of the participating co-authors. 





The DRUID website www.druid.dk is open for registration from December 1, 2016. Besides registration, the conference fee includes the DRUID conference dinner, lunches on June 13 and 14, and coffee and snacks/fruit during breaks all days. Generous sponsors have enabled an early-bird conference fee (applicable until May 1, 2017) of 625 USD (approx. 585 EUR). After May 1, 2016, the latecomer conference fee will be 750 USD (approx. 700 EUR). There is a permanent 50% discount for doctoral students.


The website will remain open for payment of the conference fee until June 10, 2017. However, authors of accepted papers and posters must pay the fee before May 1, 2017, for their paper or poster to be included in the conference program. 



Information in brief


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