ISPIM - the International Society for Professional Innovation Management - is a community of members from research, industry, consulting and the public sector, all sharing a passion for innovation management - how to successfully create new products, processes and services from ideas to stimulate economic growth and well-being. Formed in Norway in 1983, ISPIM is the oldest, largest and most active truly global innovation network.
The Knut Holt Award
Named after ISPIM's founder, this award is for the overall best conference paper.
Katariina Palomäki 2021 Valencia
Maria Loderer 2021 Berlin (virtual)
J Kaipainen, L Aarikka-Stenroos, V Ranta 2020 Virtual
Bram Roosens 2019 Florence
Jane Webb 2018 Stockholm
Ozgur Dedehayir & Roland Ortt 2017 Vienna
The Alex Gofman Award
Named after our former Advisory Board member who was passionate about teaching innovation, this award recognises researchers who have applied a novel way of collecting, analysing, or presenting data that is useful for the focal study and can also potentially be used in other contexts. Until 2022, this award was made for the best student paper.
Marina Konrad-Märk 2021 Berlin (virtual)
Maria Bustamante 2020 Virtual
Chris Gernreich 2019 Florence
Chris Gernreich 2018 Stockholm
Daniel Kiel 2017 Vienna
Jane Webb 2017 Toronto
The Dick Marsh Award
Introduced in 2017, and named after our former ISPIM Board Member, this occasional award is for the paper that best demonstrates innovation management impact.
Maria Pajuoja 2020 Bangkok
Linying Dong & Emily Rezkalla 2019 Ottawa
Ger Post 2018 Fukuoka
Tuija Rantala 2018 Boston
Julian Echterfeld 2017 Melbourne
ISPIM Innovation Management Dissertation Award
The annual ISPIM Innovation Management Dissertation Award is made to the student completing the best PhD within innovation management each calendar year. The Award is open to all students completing a PhD within innovation management.
2021 Julia Schmitt
2020 Paul Wiegmann
2019 Marta Morais-Storz
2018 Amber Guerts
2017 Balazs Szatmari
2016 You-Na Lee
Scientific Panel Contribution Award
The annual Scientific Panel Award is made to the member of the panel that has provided the best scientific input to an ISPIM event or journal special issue in a calendar year.
2021 Daniel Schallmo
2020 Name withheld by request
2019 Jens Leker
2018 Leona Fitzmaurice
2017 Dimitri Schuurman
2016 Davide Chiarone
A Brief History of ISPIM
Knut Holt in 1983
ISPIM has its origins in an initiative taken by Prof. Knut Holt at the University of Trondheim in 1972. He started and organised a programme of comparative cross cultural studies on Needs Assessment and Information Behaviour: the NAIB Program. The objective was to present an array of tools and guidelines for their practical application for the assessment of user needs in the product innovation processes.