DRUID19 Copenhagen
June 19-21, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

DRUID DISCOVERIES excursions and DECADENCE after party open for registration until June 19, 15:30. To register for an excursion or other add-on, log on to your DRUID profile in the right hand side of this page and select "Edit your registration" on the My Registration page.

Registration and payment is open for conference participants. Please log on to (or create) your DRUID profile in the right hand side of the page. 
The deadlines for conference submissions and for registering accepted papers have passed. 

Submission deadline: March 1, 2019

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 is proud to invite senior and junior scholars to participate and contribute with a paper to DRUID19, hosted by Copenhagen Business School. Presenting distinguished plenary speakers, a range of parallel paper sessions, and an 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.


Keynotes delivered by top scholars from innovation studies, management, economic geography, and numerous other research fields.  Plenary speakers at DRUID19 include Stefano BrusoniDimo DimovNilanjana DuttAnnabelle GawerMartine HaasAdam B. Jaffe, Michael G. Jacobides, Sarah Kaplan, Dan Levinthal and Roberto Verganti.

DRUID Debates with outstanding scholars exchanging opinions in a heated and entertaining setting, and the conference audience opposing or supporting their standpoints.  DRUID19 Debates challenge 'THE ECO-SYSTEMS APPROACH' and ‘DESIGN THINKING’.

Paper sessions presenting 200 peer reviewed papers with previously unpublished research, all with engaged session chairs and carefully appointed discussants. DRUID19 invites paper submissions 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

In particular, DRUID invites papers with new, mixed, or multi-disciplinary theoretical approaches or innovative methods that will benefit from the open-ended discussions at DRUID.

Best paper awards. Accepted papers 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 enjoy New Nordic cuisine and the atmosphere in the historic warehouse in Copenhagen harbor where NOMA and the New Nordic food revolution were kicked off.

DRUID Discoveries excursions will make the most out of Copenhagen and invite participants on trips to the most happening parts of city.

DRUID Decadence. A DRUID institution, the afterparty will find DRUIDs dining, drinking and dancing the night away in a clandestine garden amongst the city ramparts, before joining the locals for a nightcap in the historical old harbor quarters.


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 DRUID19 take place 9.00-12.00 on June 19, 2019.

All participants to DRUID19 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. Proposals must contain 1) a max. 2 page description of the activity planned for the workshop; 2) a tentative program with a duration of up to 3 hours; 3) the maximum number of participants for the workshop (rooms are available for 20 up to 75 participants); and 4) a list of confirmed speakers; 5) a brief CV of key applicant(s) and speakers. Please send proposals to at druid19@druid.dk no later than April 8, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the decision by April 20, 2019, and all accepted PDWs will be advertised and included in the DRUID19 program. Speakers and participants must register for the DRUID19 conference.


DRUID19 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 particularly 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, 2019 (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 temporarily on the conference website. 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, 2019. 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 Monday May 6, 2019, 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, 2019. The final conference program will be available June 4, 2019.

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 and payment from April 1, 2019. Besides registration, the conference fee includes the grand conference dinner, lunch on June 20 and 21, and coffee and snacks/fruit during breaks all days. Sponsorships from the partner universities have enabled an early-bird conference fee (applicable until May 6, 2019) of 510 EUR. After May 6, 2019, the latecomer conference fee will be 610 EUR. There is a permanent 50% discount for doctoral students.

The website will remain open for payment of the conference fee until June 19, 2019. However, authors of accepted papers and posters must pay the fee before May 6, 2019, for their paper or poster to be included in the conference program.


Aiming to lower the carbon footprint of its biannual conferences, DRUID sources environmentally friendly food and conference materials. Furthermore, DRUID offsets 1 ton CO2 for each DRUID19 delegate, covering an estimated 120% of the conference’s carbon footprint of catering, venue, lodging and local transport.

DRUID urges all DRUID19 delegates to consider travelling to Copenhagen by train or other carbon friendly means. If that is not possible, upon registering for DRUID19, delegates will be offered a cheap and certified way (Vertified Carbon Standard and Gold Standard) of offsetting the individual carbon footprint for air travel to Copenhagen.


* Dates: DRUID19 will be June 19-21, back-to-back with the Academy of International Business (AIB) 2019 Annual Meeting at Copenhagen Business School, June 24-27.

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