Call for Papers

Key Information
  • Conference Dates: Friday, October 05, 2018 to Sunday, October 07, 2018
  • Conference Theme: “The Spirit of Innovation”
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: July 24, 2018
  • Full conference registration fees due for all presenters: August 24, 2018
  • Full conference paper submission (after the event): November 07, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

The Organising Committee of The IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit 2018 is calling for abstract submissions. To present your research at the conference your abstract must first pass double-blind peer review. Upon payment of registration fees, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.


Conference Theme & Streams

Conference Theme: “The Spirit of Innovation”

Innovation has been defined as invention brought to market, which in turn generates value for a firm and its key stakeholders including its customers, clients, partners, society and the planet. While the models of innovation that have captured the attention of the global media tend to celebrate technical innovation and growth, other models and modes of innovation are equally if not more compelling in their scope and impact.

The focus of this conference then is to push the limits of our understanding of Innovation within both local and global contexts, the mindset that drives Innovation within organisations, communities and countries, and the value outcomes that grow out of these efforts. Specifically, this conference will generate discussion and explore answers around the following six streams:


The Innovation Mindset

While technical innovations in fields including Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, personalised medicine and many others are breathtaking, the overall societal and human impact of these innovations are being called into question. For example, Niantic, the maker of Augmented Reality hit game, Pokemon Go together with Japan’s Nintendo have generated in excess of $1.2 billion in global revenues since its 2016 launch. At the same time, researchers at Purdue University have estimated the total social and municipal costs resulting from traffic and other related accidents attributed to Pokemon Go to be more than $2 billion in the United States alone. This stream will therefore explore on the underlying mindset that guides innovation and innovative practices, competing models of innovation, and better or best practices related to fostering an inclusive, value-focused innovation mindset within groups, organisations, or societies.

Organisational Innovation

From traditional organisational hierarchies to the diffused structure of holocracy, from traditional manufacturing to Lean and Agile practices, how organisations and their production processes are structured, and the impact that such structures have on how individuals within them behave is of fundamental importance to innovation outcomes. This stream will focus on innovation in organisational design, manufacturing design, human resources design, or other structural and operations principles aimed at fostering and optimising a culture of innovation, creativity and growth within an organisation and by its members.

Customer Innovation

Heritage firms have repeatedly re-imagined themselves by redefining the customers whom they serve enabling them to continue over multiple generations. And while heritage companies are the best examples of these practices, customer innovation is relevant even to new startups as they pivot and constantly re-evaluate market responses to their services and solutions. This stream will explore customer innovation in terms of models for redefining or reimagining innovation or innovative practices related to customer groups or segments, lifestyles, or worldview and explore better or best practices in ongoing customer innovation.

Value System Innovation

The network of partners that an organisation creates in order to amplify their innovation efforts influences the types of ideas, products and services that are included in both traditional and Open Innovation processes and the products and services that evolve from them. This stream will explore how the development and fostering of partner networks and the value systems that they create influence the process of innovation itself as well as the overall outcomes that ensue.

Social Innovation

The Creating Shared Value initiative, building upon the mindset championed by the Omi Merchants from Japan’s Edo and Meiji Eras, propose that in addition to focusing on company and customer value, it is vital for an organisation to also empower and enrich society from its actions. This stream will explore the drivers of Social Innovation, better and best practices related to its development, and future possibilities for growth of Social Innovation practices and principles globally, and their overall impact on value creation and growth.

Energy and Environmental Innovation

With the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016, the world ushered in a period of enhanced focus on reducing carbon emissions to ensure a future that avoids the most devastating effects of climate change. This stream will explore better and best practices in Innovation related to the environment, paying special attention to technologies, business models, and behavioural changes that will enable the realisation of a truly sustainable future. The stream will showcase leading theoretical advances and examples of innovative practices or approaches relating to the achievement of sustainability goals.



How to Submit Your Abstract

  • To submit, go to IAFOR's online submission system.
  • Create your account. Your email address will be used as your username and you will be asked to ​create a password.
  • Submit your abstract (maximum 250 words), choosing from the presentation formats listed below (Individual, Poster​, Symposium, Workshop ​or Virtual).
  • Submit well before the submission deadline in order to benefit from Early Bird Registration rates.
  • If your abstract is accepted you will be invited to register for the conference.
  • Upon payment of the registration fee, you will receive a confirmation email containing your official receipt.

Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline

The Early Bird submission deadline is June 15, 2018. Potential presenters wishing to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration rates should submit their proposal no later than June 15, 2018. Abstracts will undergo double-blind peer review and notifications of acceptance or rejection will be returned by July 01, 2018.


Final Abstract Submission Deadline

The Final Abstract Submission Deadline is July 20, 2018. Potential presenters wishing to present at the GIVS Summit should submit their proposal no later than July 20, 2018. Abstracts will undergo double-blind peer review and notifications of acceptance or rejection will be returned by August 01, 2018.


Submission Status

Check on the status of your abstract submission by logging in to the online submission system. The status is displayed in the "Your Submissions" area. Your personal information may be edited at any time.

If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, a notification email will be sent to your registered email address. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at givs-tokyo@iafor.org.


Presentation Formats

Oral Presentation (25 minutes)
This is the standard presentation format. In an oral presentation the presenter delivers their research to their audience verbally, often accompanied by a PowerPoint slideshow. Oral presentations are generally organised by stream into parallel sessions comprising three or four presentations.

Poster Presentation (60 minutes)

A poster presentation provides a relaxed presentation atmosphere in which the presenter uses a poster pinned to a poster board (1800mm high by 900mm wide) to illustrate their research. Presenters will often engage with interested participants on a one-to-one basis, providing excellent opportunities for networking, discussion and relationship building.

Virtual Presentation

Virtual presentations afford authors the opportunity to present their research to IAFOR’s far-reaching and international online audience, without time restrictions, distractions or the need to travel. Presenters are invited to create a video of their presentation, which is then uploaded to the official IAFOR Vimeo channel and remains online indefinitely. This is a valuable and impactful way of presenting in its own right, but also an alternative means for those delegates who may be unable to travel to the conference due to financial or political restrictions. The same publishing opportunities apply to virtual presenters, with final papers being included in the Conference Proceedings.

  • Following the conference, virtual presenters will be mailed a conference pack, including an official payment receipt, certificate of participation and a printed copy of the Conference Programme.
  • The Vimeo channel will be referenced on all conference materials.
  • There is no limit to length or style but certain restrictions apply to file size and music selection. Guidelines and further information on creating the video will be sent following registration.
  • Please note that video presentations are to be created by the author. IAFOR does not permit live videoconferencing.
Workshop Presentation (60 to 90 minutes)

A workshop is a brief, intensive course, lasting 60 to 90 minutes, which is led by an experienced researcher or practitioner, usually with a PhD-level qualification. It facilitates group interaction and the exchange of information between a smaller number of participants than is usual at a plenary session.

Often a workshop involves problem-solving, skills training, or the dissemination of new content or disciplinary approaches. Conference workshops are typically more instructional and interactive in nature than oral presentations and involve participants working with the workshop leader on a particular topical issue.

Symposium Presentation (90 minutes)

Symposium presentations are conceived and organised by individuals who recruit speakers to present papers or participate in panel discussions on a specific topic. Symposium presentations last for 90 minutes and are typically organised as follows:

  • Introduction
  • 3 or 4 oral presentations based on submitted abstracts
  • Discussion

As the organiser of a proposed symposium, submit your proposal through the online system. Presenters may either submit a joint paper or separate papers to the Conference Proceedings.


Review System

Authors as Reviewers: A Reciprocal System

Our academic events would not be what they are without a commitment to ensuring adherence to international norms of abstract peer review. IAFOR relies on a large number of international scholars from around the world to contribute to a shared vision of promoting and engaging in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, and if you are taking part in an IAFOR event, then that means you. Authors may be asked to review up to five abstracts for the conference. You are under no obligation to participate in this reciprocal system, but if you are selected to review, and undertake this task of grading abstracts for the the conference, you will be credited in the conference programme.


Scheduling Requests

Because of the complexity of putting the Conference Programme together and the large numbers of participants involved, it is not usually possible to accommodate requests for specific presentation days or times. We ask that you reserve requests for religious reasons or other exceptional and unavoidable circumstances.

We encourage participants to attend the conference each day in order to benefit fully from the experience. While requests for specific presentation days or times are not accepted other than under exceptional circumstances, you may request one blackout day – a day on which you will not be scheduled to present at the conference.

Scheduling requests will not be accepted after the registration deadline.


Conference Proceedings

If you wish your paper to be published in the Conference Proceedings, once you have registered please ensure that you upload your full paper through the online system by November 07, 2018.

Final papers are only accepted in Microsoft Word format. Before submitting your paper please ensure that you have read the Final Paper Guidelines and formatted your paper correctly.

The official Conference Proceedings will be published online in a PDF format under an ISSN issued by the National Diet Library of Japan on December 07, 2018.


Publication & Licensing Issues

IAFOR believes in “Open Access” publishing, and since 2009, has been committed to maintaining an online searchable research archive that offers free access to anyone, anywhere, where there is Internet access, regardless of institutional affiliation or scholarly rank. IAFOR publications are accessible on the website (Open Access) to researchers all over the world, completely free of charge and without delay or embargo. Authors and contributors are not required to pay charges of any sort towards the publication of IAFOR journals.

Abstracts, research papers, and video footage are published under an IAFOR user license and are protected by copyright. Users may access, download, copy, translate, text and data mine, redistribute, display or adapt the articles for non-commercial purposes provided that users follow the guidelines set out in the IAFOR User License.

Journals and other forms of print and digital media will be made available by IAFOR to the general public on an online, Open Access basis. By publishing their work with IAFOR, authors enter into an exclusive License Agreement, where they have copyright but license exclusive rights in their article to IAFOR as the publisher.