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ISPIM (The International Society for Professional Innovation Management) originated in an initiative taken by Professor Knut Holt at the University of Trondheim in 1973.[1] Wishing to initiate a modern approach to innovation management research, Professor Holt started a programme of studies on Needs Assessment and Information Behaviour: the NAIB Program.

The objective was to present tools and guidelines for practical application to product innovation processes, which was a new field of enquiry at the time. During this period an international group formally founded ISPIM and held the first international conference on product innovation management.[2] In the years since then, ISPIM has organised scientific and managerial publications, conferences and symposia.

ISPIM has 400 members, holds scientific gatherings and produces scientific publications in innovation management research.[3]


  1. ^ Holt, K., Setzen, J. Innovation Research at the Int. Institute for the Management of Technology. Omega, The Int Jl of Mgmt Science, Vol 3, No 2, 1975.
  2. ^ Trondheim 20 June 1974
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