Update May 11, 2020 - The 2020 R&D Management Symposium organizing committee decided that due to the uncertainty regarding travel and physical distancing requirements, the 2020 R&D Management Symposium will be in a virtual format with modified program agenda.  This decision was based on recent recommendations by the BC Ministry of Health that do not allow for large gatherings and we anticipate this will remain in effect over the months leading up to the symposium.

The symposium will be held on August 4th & 5th, 2020, and, cognizant of the global contribution and particpation, we will make every effort to schedule academic papers and the PhD mentoring sessions with time zones taken into account.  The format will be designed to encourage interactive discussion and feedback in the sessions. There will also be session discussants and best paper awards.

Finally, on a positive note, the organizing committee will be waiving registration fees for the symposium but we do require attendees to complete a registration form - this will be made available shortly.

Universities are increasingly central to both breakthrough invention and translating these inventions into societal and economic impact.  Yet academic entrepreneurship literature and innovation policy have not been keeping pace with the evolution of the university innovation landscape. 

Immediately preceding the Vancouver Academy Of Management (AOM) Conference, we are inviting thought leaders, emerging researchers and policymakers in academic entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems, and science venture strategy to debate, discuss, propose action, and contribute to a white paper on how we can better enable impactful science innovation.  

Along with the plenary talks and a debate on whether scientists should lead science-based ventures, we will have three parallel streams of academic papers: Innovation Policy, Firm Entrepreneurial Strategy and University Initiatives. 

Key Dates

Submission Deadline for Extended Abstracts: Feb 17, 2020 (for both paper and posters)

Notice of Acceptance: Early May 2020

Full Paper / Poster Submission: June 1, 2020


Keynote Speakers


Professor Scott Stern

MIT Sloan School of Management

Scott Stern is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management and he explores how innovation and entrepreneurship differ from more traditional economic activities, and the consequences of these differences for strategy and policy.  His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and innovation policy and management.  Recent studies include the impact of clusters on entrepreneurship, the role of institutions in shaping the accumulation of scientific and technical knowledge, and the drivers and consequences of entrepreneurial strategy.

Stern has worked widely with practitioners in bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship.  This includes advising start-ups and other growth firms in the area of entrepreneurial strategy, as well as working with governments and other stakeholders on policy issues related to competitiveness and regional performance.


Professor Ashish Arora

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Ashish Arora is the Rex D. Adams Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 

His research focuses on the economics of technology and technical change. Arora's research has included the study of technology intensive industries such as software, biotechnology and chemicals, the economics of information security, and the role of patents and licensing in promoting technology startups. He has studied the rise of the software industry and the pharmaceutical industry in emerging economies. His current research focuses on the management of intellectual property and licensing in corporations, and innovation based entrepreneurship.

He serves as departmental editor, Management Science, served as an editor of Research Policy between 2008 - 2014, and is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Evolutionary Economics. In the past, he has served on advisory panels to the Secretary of Commerce, the National Academy of Sciences, and The Association for Computing Machinery.


Symposium Speakers & Organizers


Professor Elicia Maine

Symposium Co-Chair

Simon Fraser University

W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship  
Academic Director, Invention to Innovation (i2I)
Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

Specializing in technological innovation and science entrepreneurship, Professor Elicia Maine has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent. Founding educational coordinator for New Ventures BC, and Academic Director of  Invention to Innovation, a novel graduate program in Science & Technology Commercialization, Prof. Maine was awarded the 2017 TD / Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award and was a finalist for BC TECH’s 2016 “Person of the Year” award.  An interdisciplinary scholar and engaged educator, she holds a PhD in Technology Management & Materials Engineering from the University of Cambridge  and master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from MIT. 

Prof. Maine teaches “Managing Technological Innovation,” "Managing Innovation" and “Lab to Market” at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.  She has published in leading technology management journals, such as Research Policy, R&D Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and Technovation.  To reach scientist-entrepreneurs on their own turf, she also publishes her technology innovation research in top science and technology journals, including Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Materials.  Prof. Maine has presented her research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and at the Academy of Management (AOM). She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator and of BC Innovation Council’s New Ventures BC.

Dr. Sarah Lubik

Symposium Co-Chair

Simon Fraser University

Director of Entrepreneurship
Executive Director, Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship
Co-Champion, Technology Entrepreneurship @ SFU
Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

Sarah Lubik is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Beedie, Co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU Program and was appointed SFU's first Director of Entrepreneurship, aligning, supporting and accelerating entrepreneurship education and early stage incubation at SFU. She is also a certified expert business coach and a mentor at SFU's Venture Connection incubator.

In 2016, Dr. Lubik was named one of ten Canadian Innovation Leaders assisting with the Government of Canada's Inclusive Innovation Agenda.

Dr. Lubik has published in leading technology management journals such as R&D Management, Technovation and Long Range Planning. Her research is currently focused on stimulating and supporting university-based entrepreneurship with a focus on interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation, and commercialization. In 2013, she received the Dr. Theo Williamson Outstanding Paper Award by Emerald Publishing for “Market-pull and technology-push in manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries” published in the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

Prior to joining the Beedie School of Business, Dr. Lubik worked in the Centre for Strategy and Performance at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. She has also worked as a business coach, specializing in market analysis, and project manager and coordinator on a number of international European projects supporting start-up firms through incubation, finance and policy.

Professor Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna

Riccardo Fini is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the University of Bologna (UniBo) and a Fellow at Imperial College London (ICL). He serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub and of the Master in Entrepreneurship at Bologna Business School. Before joining UniBo, he researched at Mines Paris, Case Western Cleveland, U. Bozen and ICL. He is a two-time recipient of the EU Marie Curie fellowship (IEF2010; CIG2012) and one-time recipient of the IT IRI Management Fellowship (2008). His work is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ET&P), Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies (JMS) and Research Policy.

Professor Alberto Di Minin

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Alberto's main research interests have to do with technological transfer and interantionalization of R&D within large multinational organizations. In particular, he looks at various aspects of Intellectual Property Management. Alberto has a BA in Economics from Scuola Sant'Anna, an MS in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he is a Ph.D. student in City & Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Alberto is a Research Associate for the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE).

Dr. Letizia Mortara

University of Cambridge

Letizia Mortara is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Senior Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is also an Associate Editor for the R&D Management journal. Letizia’s current focus is in the areas of Strategic Technology Management and Technology Enterprise. Specific research projects include Technology intelligence (i.e. activity set-up in order to keep abreast with the latest developments in technology) Open Innovation, and the advent of Digital Fabrication technologies in manufacturing (e.g. 3D Printing) and their implications for business.

Professor Joseph (Yuan) Zhou

Tsinghua University

ZHOU Yuan (Joseph) is the Associate Professor with Tenure at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University (China). He also serves as the Assistant Director of China Institute for Engineering Development Strategies. He is also a guest (senior) lecturer at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). His recent research interests include public policy, innovation policy, and innovation management. Joseph has published several papers in Science and Public Policy, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Nano Energy, Engineering (Chinese Academy of Engineering Journal), Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy Policy, Scientometrics, Sustainable Development, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, International Journal of Technology Management, etc. He serves as the Department Editor of IEEE TEM, as well as the guest editor of IEEE TEM, R&D Management, and Scientometrics. He also serves as the editorial board member of TFSC. He received his PhD degree (technology management) from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2010. Prior to his PhD, Joseph was a manager at Cascadia Capital on technology commercialization & transfer practice. Before that, he was a manager at Nanyang Techno-entrepreneurship Centre, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), involving in technology entrepreneurship activities.

Professor Lawrence Dooley

University College Cork

Lawrence Dooley (M. Comm., Ph.D.) is a College Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation at University College Cork (UCC) since 2004. Prior to joining UCC, he was based at the Centre for Enterprise Management in the University of Dundee, Scotland. He undertook his doctoral thesis entitled 'Systems Innovation Management' at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His core research interests focus on organisational innovation and issues related to inter-enterprise collaboration and value creation. Other related interests include organisational creativity and knowledge exchange. He has published widely over recent years and actively liaises with industry both through applied research projects, consultancy and research master classes

Professor Einar Rasmussen

Nord University Business School

Einar Rasmussen is Professor of Technology Management and Head of the Division of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nord University Business School, Norway. He has been visiting scholar at University of Nottingham, University of Strathclyde, University of Twente and University of Bologna. His research interests are entrepreneurial processes, academic entrepreneurship and university-industry technology transfer. He has managed several research and development projects funded by research councils, ministries and government agencies. He publish regularly in international journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives, Research Policy, Journal of Business Research, International Small Business Journal, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Regional Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Technology Transfer and Technovation.

Professor Jim McLellan

Queen’s University

Jim is the Academic Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s and a co-founder of the Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative. Prior to joining Queen’s in 1990, he worked for Petro-Canada as a control applications engineer. He is an active researcher and consultant in the fields of statistical model building and process control, working with major companies ranging from biomedical devices, to metals manufacturing and chemical manufacturing processes. Jim is committed to building innovation and entrepreneurship programming at Queen’s and to growing a vibrant entrepreneurial culture in the Kingston region, working with many groups in the Kingston entrepreneurship ecosystem. Jim is cross-appointed to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and to the Dan School of Drama and Music. He collaborates in teaching and research in innovation and pedagogy in the technology and creative arts fields.

Professor Mette Praest Knudsen

University of Southern Denmark

Mette Praest Knudsen is Professor of Innovation Management and Founding Director of the Center for Integrative Innovation Management at University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Her research integrates market, management and technological perspectives on the innovation processes. These perspectives are particularly relevant in relation to the creative development of new ideas searching for full commercialization to achieve competitive advantages. The focus on commercialization has proven particularly useful in relation to the development of new technologies with unknown market potential as for instance with innovative drone technologies and green technologies. She further researches the role of universities in facilitating the development of eco-systems for emerging technologies. She has managed more than 10 research and development projects involving multiple stakeholders like firms, government agencies and NGO’s. She is Senior Advisor to the Creativity and Innovation Management Journal and Associate Editor of the TIM Review (Technology Innovation Management Review). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID) and is the co-organizer of the DRUID Academy.

Professor Andrea Piccaluga

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Andrea Piccaluga is Professor of Innovation Management at the Istituto di Management, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, where he is coordinator of the PhD programme in Management. He is President of Netval (www.netval.it), the Italian network of University Technology Transfer Offices. He has also launched DBA programmes at Scuola Sant'Anna (www.dba.idm.sssup.it). He holds a PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and a Master in Technology and Innovation Management from SPRU (University of Sussex, Brighton). He is Associate editor of the R&D Management Journal and Creativity and Innovation Management Journal. He collaborates with large and medium-sized companies (Knauf, GE Oil&Gas, Loccioni, TT Venture, etc.) in the field of Open Innovation and with the regional governments of Puglia (Arti) and Tuscany in the field of policies for entrepreneurship and technology transfer. He is member of the board of SIAF (Scuola Internazionale di Alta Formazione) in Volterra. He has published books and papers in the field of R&D management and technology transfer.

Jane Somerville

Concordia University

Program Director, District 3 Innovation Centre

For more information or queries, please contact the organizing committee: rdmsymp@sfu.ca