Innovation Research & Policy Network

The Innovation Research & Policy Network (IRPN) is directed by Scott Stern and Eric von Hippel. Stern is School of Management Distinguished Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management; von Hippel is T. Wilson Professor of Innovation Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management.

Professional Announcements and Job Openings:

IRPN Professional Announcements is distributed weekly and includes announcements including conferences, professional meetings, calls for papers, and Professional Job Openings. Please contact for more information.


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Research Paper Series:

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Professional Directory:

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