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

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.


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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