2017 Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium

We are pleased to invite you to the first Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium (WINDS), the

Wharton School’s student-run multi-disciplinary doctoral conference on innovation.

The rationale for WINDS is that innovation, a central theme in business research and a fundamental

driver in today’s economy, is by its very nature multi-disciplinary. However, as of today, there is no

platform where doctoral students from different business-related disciplines — such as strategic

management, organizational theory, finance, accounting, operations, marketing, economics, and other

areas — can interact. WINDS intends to provide such a meeting point.

WINDS will take place on October 5–7, 2017 at the Wharton School’s main campus in Philadelphia,

PA. The event is organized by the Mack Innovation Doctoral Association and supported by the Mack

Institute for Innovation Management and the Wharton Doctoral Office. All conference information is

available at WINDS’ webpage.

Participation is open to PhD students in all business-related disciplines undertaking research on topics

related to innovation. Students are invited to apply to one of the following four areas:

1. Economics and Policy (including, but not restricted to, industrial organization, intellectual

property, science policy, innovation policy, healthcare, economic growth, …)

2. Finance and Accounting (including, but not restricted to, venture capital, private equity,

crowdfunding, financial market frictions, corporate finance, corporate governance, …)

3. Strategy and Organization (including, but not restricted to, corporate strategy, competitive

strategy, technology strategy, organizational structure, human capital, …)

4. Technology and Operations (including, but not restricted to, product development, process

management, business value of IT, electronic commerce, digitization, Internet, …)

We invite you to apply for WINDS by submitting a 7-page proposal (including text, appendix, and

references) summarizing the study you plan to present. The study can be theoretical or empirical, and

there are no constraints in terms of methodology. The proposal should provide a complete overview

of the project, including motivation, research question, theory (if available), data (if available), and

preliminary results. Please apply through our online application system. The submission deadline is

July 1, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

We hope you will decide to join us and help us create a vibrant community of students and scholars

passionate about innovation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Student

Organizing Committee at innophdconf.