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Paper deadline: October 25, 2015.




Call for Papers

 for the

DRUID-Asia Inaugural Conference 2016 on




Singapore, February 23, 1 pm - February 25, at 5 pm


Co-organized by


NUS - The National University of Singapore, NUS Business School and

SMU - Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business.



Conference aim and background

              DRUID - an acronym for the Danish Research Unit on Industrial Dynamics - has since 1995 organized what has over the years allegedly become among the world's premier academic conferences on innovation and the related dynamics of technical, structural, institutional and geographical change.

            The DRUID Asia Conferences are the latest addition to the DRUID family and aim to target current issues of particular Asian relevance and scholarly interest. The inaugural DRUID Asia 2016 is organized together with NUS - The National University of Singapore Business School, and SMU - Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and will take place in Singapore on February 23-25, 2016. The conference will include a number of distinguished plenary presenters, targeted debates and parallel paper sessions, which together intend to map theoretical, empirical and methodological advances, contribute with novel insights, clarify and develop intellectual positions and help identify common grounds and lines of division in scientific controversies within the field.

DRUID Asia 2016 is now proud to invite senior and junior scholars to participate and contribute with a paper through the conference website: before October 25, 2015.


Parallel paper tracks containing accepted submissions will be organized around the following broad themes:


A. Family Owned Firms - Performance and Growth

B. Made In or Made By: Climbing the value chain

C. International arbitrage and IPR  

D. Beyond the Government as Innovation Driver

E. Business Groups and New Organizational Forms

F. Aging Populations, Family Structures, Labor Mobility

G. The Role of Asian Universities in Innovation

H. Legal and Institutional Change: Drivers and Effects

I. Cities, Clusters, Regions and Growth

J. Creativity, Design and Organizations

K. Theory and Empirics of the Firm


Paper submission
Scholars who wish to present their research at the conference must upload a full paper (in PDF) not exceeding 12,000 words (including notes, tables, appendices, list of references, etc.) through the conference website no later than October 25, 2015. Only novel and previously unpublished research is eligible for presentation and the name and affiliation of the author or authors must be removed throughout the paper before submitting it for review. 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. Consult Terms and Conditions shown on the bottom the conference website for all details.

All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by three reviewers working independently of each other. The reviewers will consider the novelty, academic quality and the paper's relation to the theme of the conference. The decision of paper acceptance will be given before December 10, 2015. 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 December 20, or their paper/poster will automatically be removed and will NOT be included in the conference program.

Revised versions of accepted papers or posters may be uploaded until February 1, 2016.

Authors may submit more than one paper but each participant will only be allowed to present one paper during the conference. Co-authored papers may be presented by any of the participating co-authors. We expect submissions to be original scholarship and the conference as a whole to provide an opportunity to take stock of our field and jointly to advance the research frontier.

DRUID Best Paper Awards

Accepted papers exclusively authored or co-authored by doctoral students will be considered for the DRUID Asia Young Scholar Paper Award while all papers accepted for the conference will be considered for the DRUID Asia Best Paper Award.


Registration for the conference
The conference website: will be open for registration on September 1, 2015. The site will remain open for payment of the conference fee until February 10, 2016. However, authors of accepted papers and posters must pay the fee before December 20, 2015 for their paper or poster to be included in the conference program.

Generous sponsors have enabled a reduction of the early-bird conference fee - applicable until December 31, 2015 - for academic scholars to 450 SGD (app. 340 USD). Beside registration the conference fee includes the grand conference dinner on February 24, 2016, lunch on February 23, 24 and 25, coffee and snacks/fruit during breaks all days - and maybe a river cruise (pending final sponsor confirmation)  By January 1, 2016 the latecomer total fee for academic scholars will increase by 50%. Doctoral students can always register with a 50% discount.


Deadline for full paper submission: October 25, 2015 (before midnight at your location)

Decision of paper acceptance: December 10, 2015
Deadline for author registration and payment of conference fee: December 20, 2015
Registration deadline at early-bird rates: December 31, 2015 (before midnight at your location)
Deadline for revised versions of accepted papers: February 1, 2016
Final program available: February 10, 2016
Deadline for conference registration (for participants not in the program): June 10, 2016


An overview of DRUID's history, membership, management and activities - including videos of previous debates and links to the 2000+ novel papers presented at the previous 39 conferences organized by DRUID or the DRUID Academy (for doctoral students), - is available through the DRUID website: DRUID's International Scientific Advisory Committee comprises the following Professors: Olav Sorenson (Chairman), Yale School of Management,  Aija Leiponen, Cornell University, Alfonso Gambardella, Università Bocconi, Ammon Salter, University of Bath, Anita McGahan, Rotman School of Management, Dietmar Harhoff, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München,  Gautam Ahuja, University of Michigan, Kulwant Singh, National University of Singapore, Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina, Meric Gertler, University of Toronto, Ragshree Agarwal, University of Maryland, Ram Mudambi, Fox School of Business, Temple University, Sidney Winter, The Wharton School, Simon Parker, Ivery Business School, Wesley M. Cohen, Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business.


Next year and beyond

Send us a brief message if you wish to suggest venues, themes, debates, tracks, speakers or to help organize a session or a track - or even to consider hosting a future conference for DRUID Asia. Write ENGAGE in the subject field. All ideas and suggestions are appreciated.