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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 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 at DRUID16 include Linda Argote, Diana Hicks, Karin Hoisl, Ben Martin, Wilfred Mijnhardt, Will Mitchell, Timothy Simcoe, David Stark, Michael Tushman, and David Waguespack.


DRUID Debates with outstanding scholars exchanging opinions in a heated and entertaining setting, and the conference audience opposing or supporting their standpoints. DRUID16 Debates challenge econometric identification and the journal impact factor.


The prestigious DRUID Steven Klepper Paper Award,  the DRUID Best Paper Award, and the Industry and Innovation DRUID Award for Best Paper.


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



Special Flavor: Microgeography of Innovation


DRUID16 comes with the Special Flavor Microgeography of Innovation. There is growing scholarly attention to how the internal geographical structure of cities, clusters and organisations impact their ability to innovate. Physical infrastructures and layouts of zones, streets, rooms and venues all shape local social interaction, coordination and knowledge sharing in particular ways.


DRUID16 will feature 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. 


Lately, ’Copenhagenize’ has become synonymous for an urban microgeograhy promoting interaction, knowledge sharing and creativity through focus on cycling, public transport and green spaces. On the DRUID Discoveries excursions to the most happening parts of Copenhagen, during the grand conference dinner with the usual excellent food and high fun factor, and at the DRUID Decadence 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. 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 no later than February 29, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the decision by March 20, 2016, and all accepted PDWs will be advertised and included in the DRUID16 program. Participants must register for the DRUID16 conference. 



Paper submissions and deadlines


DRUID16 provides an opportunity to take stock of our field and jointly to advance the research frontier. Thus, only novel and previously unpublished research is eligible for presentation. 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 no later than February 29, 2016 (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, 2016. 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, 2016, 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, 2016. The final conference program will be available June 2, 2016.


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 is open for registration from December 1, 2015. Besides registration, the conference fee includes the grand conference dinner, lunch on June 14 and 15, and coffee and snacks/fruit during breaks all days. Generous sponsors have enabled an early-bird conference fee (applicable until May 1, 2016) of 500 EUR (approx. 625 USD). After May 1, 2016, the latecomer conference fee will be 600 EUR (approx. 750 USD). There is a permanent 50% discount for doctoral students.

The website will remain open for payment of the conference fee until June 10, 2016. However, authors of accepted papers and posters must pay the fee before May 1, 2016, for their paper or poster to be included in the conference program. 



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