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Call for Submissions

The 2024 ISPIM Innovation Conference, “Local Innovation Ecosystems for Global Impact”, is a three-day event that brings together world-renowned experts on innovation management. Researchers, managers, business and thought leaders will share insights on innovation management hot-topics.


ISPIM and our partners, TalTech - Tallinn University of Technology and The Estonian Design Centre, encourage examples and insights into successful innovation practice, challenges or research from all regions of the world. If you are in doubt, please discuss your idea with an email to


You are invited to share insights on the following topics or other challenges and to demonstrate approaches, solutions, and best practices:

  • Aging and Innovation

  • Baltic and Nordic Innovation Collaboration

  • Cybersecurity, Social and Technological Resilience

  • Data-driven Decision Making

  • Design and Design Thinking for Innovation

  • E-Governance and Digital Society

  • Innovation Policy and Regulatory Frameworks

  • Smart Cities and Urban Innovation

  • Social, Technical and Regulatory Testbeds for Innovation

Tallinn’s innovation scene, is a dynamic blend of historical charm and forward-looking creativity. Known as the birthplace of Skype and a trailblazer in e-governance, the city fosters a thriving ecosystem that nurtures start-ups, tech giants like Wise and the smart city of Ülemiste City.

Supported by favourable policies, robust infrastructure, and education, Tallinn fuels a continuous cycle of cutting-edge ideas. From fintech to AI, the city boasts a diverse range of innovation sectors. Its innovation ecosystem is a fertile ground for innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers, with companies like Bolt and Skeleton Technologies making their mark.


Tallinn’s unique blend of history, culture, and technology creates an environment where innovation flourishes, contributing to its global impact and reputation as a hub for dynamic creativity.


  • AI and Innovation (including Big Data)

  • Business Models

  • Circular Innovation (SIG)*

  • Creativity in Innovation

  • Digital Disruption & Digital Transformation (SIG)*

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Start-Ups & SMEs

  • Futures & Foresight (SIG)*

  • Gender & Innovation Management

  • Health, Healthcare & Innovation Management (SIG)*

  • Innovation for Fintech

  • Innovation Leadership & Organisational Culture (SIG)*

  • Innovation Management Systems, Standards & Certification (SIG)*

  • Innovation Policies & Instruments

  • Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching (SIG)*

  • Knowledge & Technology Transfer for Innovation

  • Living Labs (SIG)*

  • Methods & Skills for Innovation Management Research

  • Open Innovation

  • Platforms, Ecosystems and Supply Chains

  • Responsible Innovation (SIG)*

  • Values-based & Sustainability-Oriented Innovation Management (SIG)*

 * Special Interest Group

 † Submissions will be considered for paper development workshops as well as the RI Special Issue

Submission Deadlines

  • 2 February 2024: Outlines Only (All Submissions) - Although the Call is now closed, we are happy to consider late submissions. Please enquire at if the submissions site is closed. 

  • 3 March 2024: Acceptance Notification

  • 3 May 2024: Final Submissions (including papers & photos) PLUS registration & receipt of payment

  • 31 May 2024: Presentation Slides


Early submission and acceptance notification is possible for all authors with external funding application deadlines. 



Accepted submissions will be scheduled for presentation in the conference programme in thematic sessions. Papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN and included online in EBSCOhost and ProQuest. Authors may withhold their papers from the proceedings on request.


Leading papers will form a Special Issue in International Journal of Innovation Management (General Topics). Selected leading papers will also be entered, where suitable, for consideration by associated journals: Futures & Foresight Science; Journal of Innovation Management; Journal of Responsible Innovation; R&D Management; Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Technovation



The Knut Holt Award
for Best Conference Paper

The Alex Gofman Award
for Novel Research

The Scientific Panel Award

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