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Best-Paper-Award “Innovation Management” 2019

Honoring Excellence in Research at the venerable Sektkellerei Henkell

The Best-Paper-Award „Innovation Management“ annually honors outstanding scientific papers on Innovation, Transformation and Technology Management. Focusing on both cutting-edge research and high practical relevance, awarded papers provide state-of-the-art insights for academics and practitioners equally.

The award is endowed with prize money totaling € 3,500.

Selection Procedure

Papers submitted must have been published in or accepted by scientific journal after July 1st, 2018, and must not have been submitted to past Best-Paper-Awards. Submissions are assessed by the jury with regards to scientific excellence and practical relevance. The authors of the three most outstanding papers are invited to present their work on November 12th, 2019 at the Sektkellerei Henkell, Wiesbaden in Germany. Evaluating both presentation and discussion, the jury will nominate the winner.

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2019

Jury Members

  • Stéphane Bonutto (Oerlikon)
  • Dr. Andreas Brokemper (Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG)
  • Jan Brückmann (Emirates)
  • Dr. Mike Dietrich (Oerlikon)
  • Prof. Dr. Katrin Burmeister-Lamp (EBS Business School, Oestrich-Winkel)
  • Volker Greiner (Emirates)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Landau (EBS Business School, Oestrich-Winkel)
  • Marc Launer (Boeing)
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Waldkirch (EBS Business School, Oestrich-Winkel)
  • Prof. Dr. Christof Schimank (Horváth & Partners)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Wald (School of Business and Law, University of Agder)


The best three papers will be awarded with:

  • 1st prize: € 1,500
  • 2nd prize: € 1,250
  • 3rd prize: € 750

How to Participate?

The application form can be downloaded here.

The application form, a non-copy-righted version of the paper for distribution among the jury as well as a two-sided curriculum vitae of the author(s) can be submitted via e-mail to

Last years’ finalists

1st prize: Henning Piezunka (INSEAD) & Linus Dahlander (ESMT Berlin); “Idea Rejected, Tie Formed: Organizations’ Feedback on Crowdsourced Ideas”; Academy of Management Journal.

2nd prize: Bruno Cirillo (SKEMA Business School); “External Learning Strategies and Technological Search Output: Spinout Strategy and Corporate Invention Quality”; Organization Science.

3rd prize: Philip Steinberger (University of Groningen), Vivien D. Procher (Grenoble Ecole de Management, RWI Essen) & Diemo Urbig (Bergiche Universität Wuppertal, Indiana University); “Too much or too little of R & D offshoring: The impact of captive offshoring and contract offshoring on innovation performance”; Research Policy.