Call for papers & Agenda

Conference Agenda



Disruptive innovations generated by digital technologies allow firms to reinforce their competitive advantages by differentiating themselves from their competitors; more specifically, they create organizational capital. Digital business transformation is a journey to adopt and deploy digital technologies and business models in order to improve performance quantifiably. Thus, digital transformations change business models, value creation and can positively influence a company’s reputation (Anderson, 2014).

Digitalization enables the emergence of new entrepreneurs who, unlike their predecessors, can use digital technologies and online communities and are able to manage the key processes needed to create/launch a new venture moving from idea generation and opportunity recognition, to intellectual property protection, production, marketing and distribution (Bryniolfsson and MCAfee, 2014). Technologies such as social media, open source software and hardware, crowdsourcing, e-trust and online reputation assessment, 3D printing, digital imaging and big data are empowering would-be entrepreneurs, while radically altering the competitive landscape, and contributing to reduce significantly the barriers between invention and the creation of a new company (Kelly, 2016).

Despite these new trends, innovations and new venture creation are still largely analyzed by using theories and concepts which were developed before the digital revolution. Thus, there is a prospective struggle to provide a full account and understanding of these new trends (Elia et al., 2016). On the other hand, supporters and optimist thinkers who announce the emergence of an industrial revolution and a new era of creativity and prosperity often fail to provide a neutral point of view and data to prove that such a big shift is really taking place.

We invite contributions that will help to better assess, analyze, and theorize how digital innovations emerge and create value, how these innovations affect the structuring of markets and business models, how to implement and finance them.

We welcome the submission of research papers on the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:

  • Digital transformation, Strategy and Competitiveness of firms
  • Digital Marketing
  • Management of digital innovation and Organizational impacts
  • Protection and development of digital innovations, Patents, Open innovation
  • Digital Technologies
  • Technological Innovations to Ensure Confidence in the Digital World
  • Business model and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship / Intrapreneurship and Innovation
  • Digital innovation and Knowledge management
  • Dynamics and growth strategy of digital firms
  • Human Resources and Digital
  • E-learning, e-education and e-pedagogy
  • Digital and Public management
  • Innovation and Public management
  • Financing of digital innovations
  • Electronic markets and Trading platform
  • FinTech and Alternative Finance, Crowdfunding, P2P lending
  • Governance and Financing of High Tech firms
  • Digital finance, money, banking, and insurance: Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, Blockchain, future of payments, e-banking, e-finance, Digital and Insurance, AssurTech...
  • Sustainability in Digital World

Details of Paper Submission and Due Date

Interested contributors should submit preferably full papers in PDF files (in English, French or Spanish), but extended abstracts (1,000 to 1,500 words) may also be considered if they show considerable promise, no later than July 30, 2019 through the conference website.

DEADLINE : October 15, 2019 (Extended Deadline)

Early submission is highly encouraged and decision is made as soon as the peer-review is completed. No submission fee is required.  


Journal Publication opportunities

We have established agreements with several academic journals. Authors wishing to submit their articles to these journals can do under the volumes, records or special issues related to the DIF conference:

- Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier (SCI & Scopus, ISI 5-Year Impact Factor: 3.226, Fnege & CNRS cat. 2)

- Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences (CJAS), Wiley (SCI & Scopus, ISI 5-Year Impact Factor: 0.674, Fnege cat. 3)

- Journal of Organizational Change Management, Emerald insight (SCI & Scopus, ISI 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.491, Fnege cat. 3)

Sustainability, published in open access form (SCI & Scopus, Impact Factor: 2.592)

- International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Inderscience Publishers (Scopus, Fnege cat. 4)

- Gestion et Management Public, AIRMAP (Fnege, Cat. 3)

- Industry and Innovation (SCI & Scopus, Fnege, Cat. 3). 

Gestion 2000 (Fnege, Cat. 4). This journal publishes papers in French or English.

- Associated journal: Technovation (SCI & Scopus, ISI 5-Year Impact Factor: 5.622, Fnege cat. 2, CNRS Cat. 3)
In consultation with the conference organizers and the Editors of Technovation, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their papers to a regular issue of this journal.


Best paper awards : “DIF 2019 Best paper Award” and “Young Researcher Best Paper Awards”

The scientific committee offers 2 Young Researcher Best Paper Awards” to Young Researchers who will present a paper as first author (be no more than 35 years old). These “Best papers” will be send to the European Journal of International Management, or  International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business for evaluation and the young researchers will be reimbursed of the registration fees.


The authors of the DIF 2019 Best Paper Award will be invited to publish their paper in a special issue of the conference.


Registration fee

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Anderson, C. (2014). Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, Crown Business.

Bryniolfsson, E. MCAfee, A. (2014). The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, W. W. Norton & Company.

Elia, G., Margherita, A., Petti, C. (2016). An Operational Model to Develop Technology Entrepreneurship “EGO-System, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, online only.

Kelly, K. (2016). The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, Viking.



Organizers and Staff

Conference chairs: Prof. Marta Peris Ortiz (UPV, ES), Prof. Jean-Michel Sahut (IDRAC, FR), Ass. Prof. Denis Schweizer (JMBS, CA), and Ass. Prof. Yang Song (Jilin Univeristy, CN).

Organizing committee: Marta Peris Ortiz (UPV, ES), Jean-Michel Sahut (IDRAC, FR), Scientific Association CREADIF, Carlos Rueda Armengot (UPV, ES), Francisco J. Villar Villanueva (UPV, ES), Fco. de Borja Trujillo Ruiz (UPV, ES), Pilar Conesa García (UPV, ES), Carlos Devece Carañana (UPV, ES), Gregorio Rius Sorolla (UPV, ES)

Executive Secretary: Sofia Estellés Miquel (UPV, ES).













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