Difficult times require creative measures: Participation at the ISPIM Virtual Conference 2020

Due to the corona pandemic, this year’s ISPIM Conference could not take place in Berlin as planned. Nevertheless, our chair team was able to participate in this research convention in a digital way. Our research associate Marc Rücker presented our study “Why Employees Refuse Innovative Offices – Barriers Against Activity-based Workspaces” to an international audience via Zoom. The paper, authored by Marc Rücker, Tobias Eismann, Martin Meinel, Oscar Pakos and Prof. Kai-Ingo Voigt, gives deep insights into the barriers of employees against the implementation of innovative workplaces and thus forms a profound basis for companies to address these problems.

Besides the exciting exchange with other researchers in the field of innovation management we could also listen to profound keynotes of academic experts. For example, Henry Chesbrough, the father of open innovation and Faculty Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business, gave a keynote speech on the importance of open innovation in times of Corona. Henry Chesbrough is an outstanding expert in this field, and his research results are continually incorporated into the lectures of our chair.

We are happy to have been part of this highly renowned conference and hope to see all participants again next year in Berlin.