GIVS Conference

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

Organisational Innovation

Customer Innovation

Value System Innovation

Social Innovation

Energy and Environmental Innovation

The IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Conference 2018 is a multidisciplinary conference held in Tokyo, Japan. Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.

The Organising Committee

Dr Will Baber, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Management, Japan
Professor Sarah Louisa Birchley, Toyo University, Japan
Dr Grant Black, Tsukuba University, Japan
Dr Joseph Haldane, Chairman and CEO, IAFOR
Dr Tom Houghton, Director MBA (Oil & Gas), Curtin Graduate School of Business, Australia
Marco Koeder, Digital Business Director, J. Walter Thompson, Japan
Dr James W. McNally, University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
Professor Ted O’Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan
Dr Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Philip Sugai, Professor, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business, Japan

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
  • 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
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: August 24, 2018

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


Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), University of Barcelona (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.


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