Dr. Julia Schmitt was presented with a first place ISPIM Dissertation Award.
Presented to doctoral candidates who shape insight, theories, and tools as to how to think and act in the future when it comes to innovation management, Dr. Schmitt received the ISPIM Innovation Management Dissertation Award in recognition of her outstanding dissertation titled "Circular Innovation Processes: The Role of Absorptive Capacity, Innovation Communities, and Integrated Management Systems in Cradle-to-Cradle Product Development". The academic work provides a deeper understanding of companies' innovation processes to support a circular economy.
Her work extends theory regarding absorptive capacity to include the role of actors while also highlighting the role of the C2C standard as a boundary object during the absorptive process. Understanding innovation processes as a co-creator of knowledge and innovation can help companies more easily take advantage of opportunities provided by a circular economy in order to support innovation.