On March 22nd 2013 the next PREBEM conference will take place in Amsterdam, a city with a bursting creative industry and a cradle of innovation! Our theme ‘Creativity and Innovation – Roadmap to the Future’ lends itself perfectly into this energetic and inspiring setting.
Finance and Accounting
Whereas innovation is considered an important ingredient for growth in most fields, financial innovations have been facing strong criticism lately, especially since the start of the financial crisis. Questions have even been raised whether regulators should curtail, or at least supervise, innovations in the financial sector. However, imposing regulatory restrictions without fully understanding the benefits and consequences of these innovations would be unwise. For example, one cannot deny the value created by the innovation of the stock exchange in the 17th century. Similarly, the risk-spreading benefits of a recent innovation like securitization should not be underestimated. On the other hand, financial innovations could also impose large risks on the financial sector, or worse, on the whole economy. Therefore, we invite research that can help address questions such as: Does financial innovation provide companies and individuals with opportunities to share risk (more) efficiently? Or what have been the consequences of recent (or past) financial innovations?
Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management
Employees’ resources and knowledge are highly vital for creativity, innovation and idea generation. This, in turn, is a key source for organizational learning, growth, and sustainable competitive advantage. Given the strong emphasis on employer-independent, self-managed contemporary careers, the main challenges that scholars and practitioners have been coping with are (a) how these individuals’ resources are transformed into organizational ones, and (b) how organizations can facilitate (or hinder) this process. This track adopts a contemporary perspective on organizational behavior. It views organizations as flexible and responsive structures, and employees’ behavior as proactive, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible. Some of the questions that we will try to address (not exclusively) are: What is the role of individuals in creating and bringing learning into organizations? Which individual resources are needed to sustain innovation in the work and non-context, and under which conditions? What practices and tools can organizations apply in order to facilitate these processes?
Innovating is an important way for organizations to create value. Product and service innovation lead to new markets. However, this often means that the organization is unfamiliar with the market environment, and that the specific market for this innovation has yet to be established. As such, relevant audiences need to be identified, and they have to be convinced that the innovation creates enough value that it justifies the price. Especially in the case of radical innovation, there is high uncertainty whether a market will actually be established. Therefore, the marketing track welcomes research that addresses questions like, how can (strategic) marketing activities establish a sustainable market for radical innovations? What is the interface between the (radical) innovation function and marketing? And how does creativity play a role in this interface? And to what extent are marketing departments able to recognize opportunities for radical innovation?
Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
In a rapidly changing global economy, one of the great challenges organizations and managers face is understanding how to stay competitive and keep up sustainable performance. These challenges have even become more important following the recent economic crisis. To cope with these uncertainties organizations try to keep up their innovativeness and creativity by setting up partnerships, investing in R&D and internal knowledge management and development. Still there are several research possibilities that may benefit from further study. Some of the questions the Strategic Management track would like to see addressed are: (1) How do the current strategic management theories and constructs benefit to organization’s innovativeness and creativity? (2) How can cooperative arrangements be managed and governed to effectively cope with transitions in institutions, industry sectors, and organizational objectives such as innovativeness and creativity? (3) How do firms and their managers learn to change their business?
Information and Innovation Management
By focussing on information and knowledge processes to meet the innovation challenges that organizations face in the modern economy, creativity and innovation are key topics in the field of Information & Innovation Management. Broadly speaking, this track covers two overlapping research topics: (1) Management of innovation through integrating distributed knowledge and (2) Innovation and creativity through ICT. Organizations are more and more confronted with a need to integrate distributed knowledge. Moreover, by addressing the seamless interaction between technology on the one hand, and users and organizations on the other, the steady state of new applications and technologies introduced in organizations, including Social Media applications, Mobile devices, Crowd Sourcing, Cloud Computing, emerging web-store technologies, web analytics, etc, calls for analyzing innovative new ways of working and organizing, including new forms of innovating, learning, decision making, and e-commerce. We invite research dealing with routines and (managerial) strategies that cope with the dynamics of integrating knowledge at the level of the community, firm, inter-firm, region and between the organization and the ‘un-known crowd’.
Operations Research and Logistics
Operations Research and Logistic focuses on solving optimization questions through using applied mathematics and other methods in the field of logistics, telecommunications, finance and life sciences. Within the field of supply and demand chain management, third party logistics providers, retail logistics, cross docking, warehousing and container terminals, innovativeness and creativity can sometimes solve difficult challenges, save costs and create value. While performing qualitative research methods, specific needs from logistics operations and supply chains in practice can be identified. First, in order to solve those needs and to contribute to scientific research in the field, we call for papers that develop and design new concepts and models to plan and control internal and external logistics processes both in distribution and service environments and in supply chains that have to deal with natural disasters and other unexpected large events. We invite papers that use combinatorial optimization, with an emphasis on algorithms. Research may include computational complexity, approximation algorithms for hard problems and on-line optimization, mostly in scheduling and routing. Furthermore, papers that involve stochastic optimization, including Markov decision algorithms, analysis and simulation of probabilities for rare events, perturbation analysis and simulation techniques, and stochastic programming are welcome.
Though the above presented track statements and research questions may not match your work exactly, if it surrounds the field of business administration, management or economics, your submission will be highly appreciated and we will do our best to have it reviewed and find a spot in our schedule.