“Dear researcher of collaborative innovation!

Welcome to the Boundary-Crossing Conference on Co-Design in Innovation CO-CREATE 2013!

The conference will be held on June 16-19, 2013 at Aalto University Dipoli Congress Centre, Espoo, Finland.
The conference is convened by SimLab, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Aalto University School of Science.

The conference topic is co-design of innovation in networks. Ideally, all actors in an emerging value network should be engaged in collaborative innovation: the end-user, the customer, the employee, the “other department”, the partner, the provider, the competitor, the citizen. Innovation needs to take a human centric perspective. The CO-CREATE 2013 conference asks: who is the “CO” in co-design? How can collaborative co-design processes be triggered, achieved and managed for innovation? What are the limits of engagement and openness for innovative processes? The conference has four subthemes: 1) Theoretical Foundations of Collaborative Innovation Processes; 2) The Management and Organization of “CO”; 3) Paradoxes in Collaborative and Open Innovation in Networks; 4 ) Spaces, Methods and Tools for Co-Design and Co-Creation.

CO-CREATE 2013 invites into trans-disciplinary dialogue researchers in the fields of organization theory, management science, service research, law, design research, and learning sciences, as well as in computer science and engineering. Papers with findings from original empirical research, both in progress as well as finalized, are welcome. Also high-quality theoretical review papers are accepted. – In addition to the scientific program, we invite practitioners into a co-creative case-based workshop, and into dialogue with research.

It would be great if you could join the trans-disciplinary dialogue at CO-CREATE 2013!
The deadline for extended abstracts is December 10, 2012. For further information, see

Best regards

Riitta Smeds
on behalf of the CO-CREATE 2013 Local Organizing Committee

Riitta Smeds
Professor, Business and Service Processes in Digital Networks
Aalto University School of Science
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Director, SimLab
P.O. BOX 19220
00076 AALTO, Finland