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*8th International Conference on Collaborative Innovation Networks*

*September 26th-28th 2018*

*Jiaxing, China*


We invite your participation in exploring *building a shared future through
**Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs)*. COINs are virtual teams of
intrinsically motivated innovators that get together over the Internet to
create something radically new. At this year’s conference we focus our
attention on health and happiness, future technologies in business, social
innovation and entrepreneurship, and education in a city where the founders
of today’s China started their journey seventy years ago as a COIN on a red
boat. Papers, abstracts and workshop proposals will be accepted for four

1.    Health and Happiness

2.    Emerging technologies

3.    Social innovation and entrepreneurship

4.    Education

We also welcome other papers in the broad area of Collaborative Innovation
Networks and future technologies, such as methodological approaches, design
and COINs, and leadership and COINs.

In today's unpredictable world, innovation and rapid adaptation of emerging
technologies is becoming a key imperative. *Collaborative Innovation
Networks (COINs)* - as self-organizing emergent social systems - are
primary building blocks of innovation for coping with external change. As
small cyberteams of intrinsically motivated individuals, COIN members get
together to innovate in domains they are passionate about and to respond to
unexpected events and opportunities.

Innovation through COINs is particularly important in *health and happiness*
.  For example, COINs of patients, family members, doctors, and researchers
are formed to develop together new, innovative ways of dealing with chronic
diseases and improving patient and caregiver quality of life. Measuring
human dynamics and interaction will lead to interventions for a healthier
and happier life. Another area in healthcare where COINs build a better
life is reducing infant mortality by forming COINs of mothers, social
workers, doctors, and policy makers, to provide mothers with the support
necessary to give their newborns a better future than they had themselves.
In internal healthcare processes, COINs act as an enabler for process
change, and represent a novel approach to Human Resource Management, using
information more effectively, through critical evaluation, and creatively
seeking solutions.

A second area for COINs to improve our world is in *emerging and future
technologies*, where COINs can strengthen adaptability and transformability
to leverage novel ideas as a competitive advantage.  Inside large
corporations COINs can form spontaneously and with minimal management
intervention to creatively react to new opportunities and external threats.
COINs might appear in well-established firms as a bottom-up response to
find new applications for emerging technologies, thus flexibly adapting to
change and anticipating competitors’ next moves. COINs also will be
tremendously useful to startups, offering new self-organizing forms of
leadership, where all stakeholders, including founders, early employees,
customers, suppliers and business partners, collaborate to develop new and
innovative products, services, and business models for an ever-changing

Creativity through COINs is also necessary in *social innovation and
entrepreneurship* for sustainability.  COINs can help align practice with
policy and provide leadership in seeking funding from diverse sources.  In
urban areas, social innovation through COINs has turned crisis into
opportunity, as the city has become a source of inspiration and solutions
for innovative new models of urban governance.

Creating COINs of students in an *educational setting* will teach them
latest advances in artificial intelligence, deep learning and predictive
analytics, where self-organizing student teams might collaborate over
long-distance to solve complex problems. Students might also engage in
rotating leadership behaviors inside the classroom which often leads to
improved learning outcomes. Similarly, COINs of faculty and researchers
re-shape the higher education environment by re-imagining the future of
collaborations across departments and institutions.


We invite papers in three formats:

·      *Full papers: *max 14 pages describing completed research results or
case studies.

·      *Research-in-progress papers: *max 6 pages describing late breaking
results and emerging topics

·      *Extended abstracts*: 400 words about research in progress (will
only be published on conference Web site).

*Workshops - *You are invited to submit proposals for two-hour interactive
workshops, to engage participants in active hands-on experience.

Accepted papers will be invited to be published by Springer in an edited
volume in the series “*Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and
Industrial Dynamics*” (

Papers will undergo a double blind peer review process.

See here the selected papers from the last two editions of the COINs
conference: “Collaborative Innovation Networks: Building Adaptive and
Resilient Organizations <>
(Springer Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and Industrial
Dynamics)” and “Designing Networks for Innovation and Improvisation:
Proceedings of the 6th International COINs Conference (Springer Proceedings
in Complexity)”

Papers should be submitted in .doc or .pdf format at a maximal length of 14
pages. All full papers must be formatted according to the Springer template
. A list of key style points on manuscript structure, figure resolution,
and reference style can be found here

Submit your papers at: *

Please indicate if you would like to present your paper as a conventional
lecture, or as an interactive talk in combination with a poster. Please
designate what track your paper belongs to.


*Submission Deadline*

*May 15, 2018*

*Notification of accepted papers*

*June 15, 2018*

*Final papers due for online conference proceedings*

*July 30, 2018*

Yang Song, Jilin University, China
Francesca Grippa, Northeastern University, USA
Qi Wen, Tsinghua University, China
Matthaeus Zylka, University of Bamberg, Germany


Dr Yang Song
Associate Professor at Economics School of Jilin University, Changchun,
Assistant director of China-Israel Center for Entrepreneurship and
Innovation of Jilin University, China
Guest researcher/Master thesis supervisor at Amsterdam Business School,
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Editorial Board of FSE-Forum for Social Economics, Taylor&Francis
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Qianjin Street 2699, Changchun, 130012, China

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