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Summer School - Collaboration for Innovation, Transformation and Sustainability, 8-12 July 2019, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2019

Deadline: Mar 01, 2019

Event Dates: from Jul 08, 2019 12:00 to Jul 12, 2019 12:00

Collaboration for Innovation, Transformation and Sustainability

How collaboration is changing organizations

Why and how are organizations increasingly using collaboration as a strategic tool to develop their innovation activities? Which types of teams are better prepared to collaborate with external parties? How are collaborative networks built and how can they be managed effectively? What role can collaboration play for social and sustainability focused innovation?

These are questions that have deserved ample attention from scholars, managers, and policy makers in recent years. This is not surprising since the increased complexity of innovation processes leads organizations to search beyond their own boundaries for valuable knowledge and skills that complement their own capabilities. Organizations are now part of open ecosystems where they cooperate with a diverse set of partners from business, civil society, academia and government.

The core aim of the Collaboration for Innovation, Transformation and Sustainability Summer School is to help young researchers address relevant research questions that will contribute to our understanding of how collaboration is implemented by organizations. Our ambition is to provide PhD students with the opportunity to develop their research with the support of a diverse set of researchers that investigate collaboration from different perspectives.

The intense and diverse nature of this summer school will allow participants to acquire knowledge on both the specific topic of collaboration but also on the process of developing a PhD thesis. By bringing together several top scholars in the field, the summer school will also allow participants to develop a deep understating of research in the field of collaboration and create social ties that will be important for their future careers.


To apply, kindly fill out the online application form before 1 May 2019. Please include a CV and Motivation Letter with your application.

Target audience & requirements

The summer school is designed for PhD students that are developing research in the field of collaboration and open innovation. Participants should be part of a PhD programme and should be developing a thesis in the field of collaboration.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English .


The summer school will start on Sunday with a guided city tour that will be followed by welcoming drinks and a welcome dinner. This opening social event will be followed by five days of academic activities aimed at developing the knowledge and skills of the participants.
On Monday, following the introduction to the summer school, there will a session focused on the process of writing a PhD thesis on the field of collaboration. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to present their PhD projects.
Each of the following three days will be dedicated to specific topics: Tuesday to sustainability and social innovation, on Wednesday the focus will move to collaboration at the Team Level and on Thursday attention will be given to the role of networks. These days will include seminars from top scholars in the each field, sessions focused on methodological challenges and interactive activities. On Thursday afternoon, the participants will discuss their work and reflect on the inputs that they got during the summer school.
On Friday the summer school will be closed with sessions focused on the interactions between policy and research in the field of collaboration. Managers from SME and policy makers will discuss the challenges faced by businesses in collaborative environments and how research can contribute with possible solutions.
The summer school will end with a farewell dinner.

Learning outcomes

After this summer school you will be able to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical perspectives used by existing research on collaboration and sustainability;
  • Understand the methodological challenges associated to research on collaboration;
  • Identify research opportunities that address managerial and policy challenges;
  • Improve network skills.


40 hours including preparatory work. Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fees & accommodation

€ 750 fee: includes participation, housing with the other summer school participants (6 - 13 July), opening and closing dinner, guided city tour, welcoming drinks, lunches and coffee breaks.

€505 fee: includes participation, opening and closing dinner, guided city tour, welcoming drinks, lunches and coffee breaks.

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