2012 Offshoring Research Network International Conference:
The Global Sourcing of Innovation
Organized by
Politecnico di Milano School of Management

Milan, May 29-31, 2012
The global sourcing of knowledge creation and innovation (e.g. advanced knowledge and analytical services, R&D support functions, product design and development and R&D) has been growing exponentially across almost every industry. This phenomenon has emerged as a strategic driver for companies and increasingly is attracting academic research by management, and international business scholars. 
An array of different motives, including perceived cost advantages, growing shortage of science and engineering talent in most developed economies, recognition emerging economies will account for future top line growth, have all contributed to the unprecedented surge in global sourcing of knowledge intensive activities such as research and development across all industries and technologies.
Particularly, this conference intends to be an opportunity for executives and academics to engage and explore managerial and organizational challenges as well as theoretical and empirical contributions related to global sourcing of advanced knowledge and analytical services, product development and design, R&D support functions, and traditional research and development activities. A unique feature of the conference is the integration of managerial oriented day focusing on emerging issues of concern to sourcing executives and providers, followed by two days of academic research. A new innovation involves a practitioner discussant for each academic session. We welcome theoretical, empirical and qualitative contributions related to the following themes of the conference.


THEME A. Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Global Sourcing of R&D Activities/Advanced Services  
THEME B. The Realignment of Firm Global Organization Foot Print for Global Sourcing of innovation 
THEME C. Global Sourcing of Innovation and Firm Performance THEME D. Small Firms and Global Sourcing of Innovation THEME E. Global Service Providers
The conference will feature plenary talks as well as paper and panel sessions.


Confirmed keynote speakers:  

Participants who wish to present their research at the conference are invited to submit an extended abstract (in PDF) not exceeding 1.000 words (all included) through the conference website ( starting from December 15th 2011 and no later than February 25th 2012.
In addition to individual paper submissions, panel proposals informing one of the five key themes may be submitted. Panels are complete sessions organized as a single submission by the panel chair. Panels may have a variety of formats (e.g. roundtables with no formal papers, professional development workshops).
All submissions will be peer reviewed and the conference organizing committee will select the papers/panels considering their novelty, academic quality and relation to the theme of the conference. The decision of paper acceptance will be communicated by March 25th 2012.

DIG - Politecnico di Milano,
Conference fees
Early registration (before April 15th ): 400 euro (academic 120 euro)
Registration (after April 15th): 500 euro (academic 150 euro)
Important dates
Extended abstract submission: from December 15th 2011 to February 25th 2012
Notice for acceptance: March 25th 2012
Conference registration: April 15th 2012
Further information at
The scientific committee
Arie Y. Lewin, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA
Stephen Manning, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Silvia Massini, Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK
Carine Peeters, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Belgium
Lucia Piscitello, DIG-Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
The local organizing committee
Federico Caniato, Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Elia, Politecnico di Milano
Davide Luzzini, Politecnico di Milano
Lucia Piscitello, Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Ronchi, Politecnico di Milano
Sponsoring Organizations:
The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals IAOP
The International Association for Contract and Commercial Management IACCM
The European Outsourcing Association
Other sponsors to be announced

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