I&E Conversation 2019: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Corporation

Date: 13th September 2019

Venue: Imperial College Business School, 170 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5HF

Organising committee: Bart Clarysse, Markus Perkmann, Anne ter Wal, Anu Wadhwa

Speakers: Olenka Kacperczyk (London Business School),Gautam Ahuja (Cornell University), Nicolai Foss (Bocconi University)

The fifth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conversation will be held on Imperial College London’s South Kensington campus on 12th-13th September this year, organised by Bart Clarysse, Markus Perkmann, Anne ter Wal, Anu Wadhwa. This annual workshop brings together cutting-edge research in innovation and entrepreneurship to explore an emergent and important theme.

This year’s theme addresses entrepreneurship and innovation in the corporation. While innovation remains key to organizational success and survival, we are witnessing a proliferation of new approaches to innovation. Once dominant, the R&D laboratory is being supplemented by a host of alternative approaches to organizing innovation, including corporate accelerators, lean innovation labs, open innovation, crowd sourcing and various types of engagement with start-up companies. Often, organizations seek to deploy entrepreneurial methods in their attempt to spur innovation, with wide-reaching implications for internal innovation processes, employee incentives, the size and shape of organizational units and the nature of collaboration with external parties.

At this year’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conversation, we will feature papers that address various aspects of this new world of corporate innovation. We welcome papers with diverse theoretical, methodological, and empirical angles. We invite both visionary discussion papers exploring future research agendas (e.g., do we need new theory for explaining these phenomena?), as well as deep dives into specific topics, including employee entrepreneurship, corporate accelerators, innovator and entrepreneur mobility, entrepreneurship-inspired corporate innovation, novel forms of organizing corporate innovation, leadership & innovation, incentives and innovation, etc.

Please see I & E Conversation 2019 Call for Papers for details regarding paper submissions.


31/05/2019 – The call for papers is now closed.

Thank you to those who have submitted their work for this year’s Conversation. We were humbled to receive so many submissions of great quantity and quality.


Deadline for submissions (extended abstracts) 30th April 2019
Submissions selection 7th May 2019
Deadline for submissions (full papers) 1st September 2019

Event coordinator: Ms Rachel Jury r.jury@imperial.ac.uk

Find out more about the I & E Conversation in 2016, 2017 and 2018.