Appel à propositions “Cooperating for innovation: devices for collective exploration”

thematic_header_logo_frDear colleagues,


We are inviting abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference on innovation that will be held on 2 December 2013 in Paris. The theme of the conference is “Cooperating for innovation: devices for collective exploration”. The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines (economics, management and organization studies, sociology) in order to investigate the practices and devices that are put forward and tried out to equip collective exploration activities. Of particular interest are issues relating to property rights, design activities, atypical organizational forms and new business models, valuation tools.


More information on the conference can be found below, in the attached call for papers, and on the conference website:   The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 24.


Conference theme

Innovation activities face a threefold challenge today: they build on the advancement of science and include an increasingly strong technological component; they involve a growing number of actors, among whom large corporations, high-technology start-ups, public research organizations, and user associations; they are to take into account various stakeholders’ concerns which extend beyond a mere economic or financial logic. In other words, innovation becomes – or at least attempts to become – increasingly disruptive, open, and responsible. The uncertainty inherent to innovation hence bears not only on the odds of success, but also on the nature of scientific knowledge to build and leverage, on the identity of partners to enroll, and on the evaluation criteria to rely on. Marked by this threefold uncertainty, innovation regimes pertain to the exploration of new possibilities, rather than the exploitation of things already known, as James March famously put it.

The conference will investigate new forms of organizing collective action given the uncertainty inherent in exploratory innovation. This issue will be addressed through the analysis of practices and devices that are put forward and tried out to equip collective exploration activities, such as:

  • on the industry level: open source, patent pools, platforms, standards, cooperative R&D;
  • on the inter-organizational level: public-private partnerships, user and stakeholder focus groups, business models and business plans, research-design collaborations, fablabs and other alternative design spaces;
  • on the intra-organizational level: communication tools, new forms of design through prospective narratives and exploratory artifacts, enterprise social networking, alternative forms of governance, new product committees.


Keynote speakers

Charles Baden-Fuller, Cass Business School

Dominique Foray, EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

Bill Gaver, Goldsmiths College


Scientific committee

Luis Araujo, Lancaster University

François-Xavier De Vaujany, Université Paris-Dauphine

Maria Elmquist, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Valérie Fernandez, TELECOM ParisTech

Peter Karnoe, Center for Design, Innovation and Sustainable Transition, Aalborg University

Christian Licoppe, TELECOM ParisTech

Alexandre Mallard, CSI, MINES ParisTech

Yann Ménière, CERNA, MINES ParisTech

Stefan Meisiek, Copenhagen Business School

Ashveen Peerbaye, LATTS, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée

Sophie Pène, ENSCI

Julien Pénin, BETA

Cristina Rossi Lamastra, Politecnico di Milano

Benoît Weil, CGS, MINES ParisTech


Important dates

The conference will take place on 2 December 2013, at TELECOM ParisTech, in central Paris.

For paper proposals, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 3000 signs by 24 May 2013. Authors are invited to submit their titles and abstracts to

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 24 June 2013.

Full papers are expected by 30 September 2013.


About i3

The interdisciplinary institute on innovation (i3) is a research and teaching centre dedicated to economic and social sciences.  It was created in 2012, by Mines ParisTech and Telecom ParisTech, two engineering schools of the Institut Mines-Télécom. It conducts a broad range of interdisciplinary research related to innovation, involving 180 economists, management scholars, sociologists, psychologists, ergonomists and researchers in information and communication sciences.


Contact and further information


Conference website:


Best regards,


The conference co-chairs


Liliana Doganova, CSI, MINES ParisTech

Annie Gentès, TELECOM ParisTech

Sébastien Gand, CGS, MINES ParisTech

Laurie Marrauld, TELECOM ParisTech

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rt12 (2013, 29 avril). Appel à propositions “Cooperating for innovation: devices for collective exploration” Sociologie économique. Consulté le 18 mai 2024, à l’adresse

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