Nov. 2016

Call for Submissions: 2016 PDMA Doctoral Dissertation Competition

The call for the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition is now open. This competition fosters rigorous academic research on innovation and new product development and encourages close ties between the academic and corporate worlds.
  • Applicants may propose research on any aspect of the development, commercialization, adoption, management, or strategy of innovation or new products/services.
  • Doctoral dissertations may take one or more perspectives on innovation or new products/services (market, organization, team, manager, consumer, etc.).
  • Dissertation proposals that involve multiple research disciplines, cross functional lines, and those that make substantial advancement to our knowledge in the field are particularly encouraged. 
Submission Deadline: December 12, 2016
Competition Co-Chairs: Jelena Spanjol (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) & Gaia Rubera (Bocconi University, Italy)

Read complete details on the evaluation process, submitting your submission, scheduled deadlines, and benefits to the winner.
2016 PDMA Annual Conference: A Recap
The 2016 PDMA Annual Conference hosted another successful gathering of hundreds of product developers and product managers from Fortune 500 companies, as well as academics from universities around the world in Atlanta on Oct. 15-19.

2016 OCI Award - Passing the Torch and Celebration Dinner

Read the full recap. For an insider look at the 2016 PDMA Annual Conference, check out the conference photo album.
The History of Design Influencing Tomorrow's Breakthoughs

Visions Issue 2 dives deep into the history of design thinking shaping industry leaders' identities and investing early in exploration and experimentation as NPD professionals pursue solutions for an undefined future.

The cover story, "The Power of Design Thinking," comes from K. Scott Swan and Abbie Griffin, authors of the new book "Design Thinking: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA." Swan and Griffin delve into historical design movements and how they helped shape organizations' design identities. They urge NPD professional to recognize that while history offers lessons and options, but "creativity and innovation are required to response to the ever-changing social and competitive context."

Also in this issue, don't miss "Predicting Disruptive Activity," an exclusive look at what OCI recipient UnitedHealth Group has been up to since winning the award in 2011, and Visions Editor-in-Chief Brad Barbera's interview with Dr. Gina O'Connor on navigating inherent risks and uncertainties to successfully execute breakthrough innovation in "Breaking the Mold."

November Book Review

Breaking Failure by Alexander D. Edsel. FT Press: Upper Saddle River, NJ (2016). 221 pages. US$44.99 (hard cover).

Breaking Failure by Alexander Edsel examines business failure and underperformance that occurs in many businesses and industries today. The director of the Master of Science in Marketing program for the Naveen Jindal School of Business at The University of Texas at Dallas, Edsel has more than 20 years of product and marketing management experience in the chemical, tech and health care fields.

PDMA Chapter Highlights
Highlight on PDMA Utah: Building Your Patent Fortress

Join the PDMA Utah Chapter for "Building Your Patent Fortress" on November 29, 2016 at Access SLC in Salt Lake City, UT. The event will feature David Jones of Klugonyx. For all event details, access the flyer.

A Reminder for 2017 Chapter Leadership Interest: If you live near the PDMA Chapters below, please do not hesitate to reach out with interest! We are currently seeking to fill Board of Director positions for the following Chapters:

  • PDMA Boston Chapter: Currently seeking a Webmaster to assist with online events and website upkeep. 
  • PDMA West Michigan Chapter: Currently seeking general leadership to join the Board of Directors. If you are interested in communications, finance, or event planning, please reach out with interest.
Email with interest. We will put you touch with current PDMA Chapter leadership to pursue next steps.

Download the New Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM) Mobile App
Just Announced: The new JPIM App is now available!

Download the JPIM app for iOS devices to easily read all of the 2016 issues as well as articles awaiting publication under "Early View". 

Get the @JournalPIM app at the Apple App Store! (Not yet available for Android.) Stay current with the latest research on the management of innovation.

Access the November 2016 Issue of JPIM Online Now! 

Log in using your member or non-member login to access abstracts or full articles

Remember: an electronic subscription to JPIM is included with PDMA membership and hard copy subscriptions for members can be purchased here

Access more information on how institutions and libraries can purchase subscriptions.

Connect With PDMA
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Congratulations on Your NPDP Certification!
Congratulations to the PDMA community members who earned their NPDP Certification in October 2016! Learn more about NPDP Certification.

Xiaoling Gao

Mark Miller

Juichi Sung

Max van den Berg

Chung-Lun Wei
Thomas Zarembinski
In This Issue


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Refer a Friend to PDMA
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Participate in the Refer a Friend Campaign to receive $50 for each new member you recruit. 

Simply have them enter your name in the "Referred By" section in the membership application. At the end of the quarter, we'll send you check. Easy as that.
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View the 2016 Partner Program - a quick reference for all sponsorship opportunities in the coming year!


Let's drive innovation together. Contact the PDMA Sales Team today.

Submit a Book Review

Earn PDHs for NPDP Recertification by writing a book review for PDMA! Learn how here.


Contact Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP with questions or submissions.

Feedback and Submissions
Send your feedback, submissions and questions to Elizabeth Conner
Upcoming Chapter and Global Affiliate Events
Chicago Chapter
November 29, 2016
Innovation Networking and Presentation

Utah Chapter
November 29, 2016
Building Your Patent Fortress

Pittsburgh Chapter
December 1, 2016
Beyond the Champion: Roles and Responsibilities for an Innovation Function

Chicago Chapter
December 2, 2016
Breakfast Club Downtown

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