The scientific committee of the DIF invites you to submit your paper in various areas of Digital, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Financing for an in-person presentation at INSEEC, Lyon Campus.

Due to Covid-19 situation during the winter of 2021, the DIF organizing committee decided to organize the conference in two steps:

- online sessions took place on December 20 and 21, 2021

in-person conference is scheduled on June 30 and July 1, 2022.

We made this decision to split the event to help preventing the spread of COVID-19 and hope to have an in-person conference to better promote exchanges between researchers, which we believe are crucial to create new knowledge and collaborations.

The December sessions were a great success, and we hope to continue with the in-person conference in June 2022.... 


Keynote Speaker: Prof. David B. Audretsch, Indiana University

Speech title: "Entrepreneurship in the Digital Era"


Details of Paper Submission and Due Date

Interested contributors should submit preferably full papers in PDF files (in English or French), but extended abstracts (1,000 to 1,500 words) may also be considered if they show considerable promise through the conference website: NEW SUBMISSION.


Early submissions are highly encouraged and decision (acceptance or rejection) on papers are made as soon as the peer-review is completed. Submissions and presentations at the conference can be in English or French. 


You can submit a paper to the regular sessions (list of topics below), Workshop on Fintech, Workshop on Entreprneurship, or Special Interest Groups - SIG (see the Menu on the left).


Non-exhaustive list of topics

- Impact of digital technologies (artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, IoT…) on people

- Impact of digital technologies (artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, IoT…) on processes

- Application of AI, Machine Learning, Big Data and Blockchain in Marketing, Strategy, Finance, Human Ressources, Tourism...

- Impact of Covid-19 on the digital innovation

- Management of digital innovation or IT systems

- Digital transformation, strategy and competitiveness of firms

- Business model and Innovation

- Social innovation

- Digital innovation, open innovation and knowledge management

- Digital platforms and multisided markets

- Entrepreneurship / intrapreneurship and innovation

- Dynamics, growth strategy, and governance of digital firms

- Digital marketing

- CSR, Human resources, Human capital 

- E-Government, governance & digital public services

- E-learning, e-education and e-pedagogy

- Risk management and Innovation

- Governance, Risk management, CSR and IT

- Financing of digital innovations, start-ups, SMEs and high-tech firms

- Incubators, Business Angels, Venture capital and Private equity 

- Electronic markets and trading platforms

- FinTech and Alternative finance (crowdfunding and P2P lending)

- Blockchain and Smart contracts

- Big data, sentiments and financial markets

- Digital finance, money, banking, and insurance: Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, ICO, token offerings, future of payments, e-banking, e-finance, AssurTech...

- Innovations and digital tourism


Best paper awards: “Young Researcher Best Paper Awards” and “DIF 2021-2022 Best paper Award”.

The scientific committee offers 2 “Young Researcher Best Paper Awards” to Young Researchers who will present a paper as first author (be no more than 35 years old). These “Best papers” will be send to the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business or Gestion 2000 for a fast track reviewing procedure.

The authors of the “DIF 2021-2022 Best Paper Award” will be invited to publish their paper in a special issue of the conference.





Partner Scientific Associations




Conference chairs: Prof. Pascal Montagnon & Prof. Eric Braune (INSEEC U. Research Center, FR), Prof. Jean-Michel Sahut (IDRAC, FR), Prof. Denis Schweizer (JMSB, CA), Yang Song (Jilin University, CN) 

Organizing committee: P. Montagnon, E. Braune & F. Aubrun (INSEEC U. Research Center, FR), Scientific Association CREADIF








International Journal of Information Management (SSCI, ABS 3)



Management International (Fnege 2)



Canadian Journal of Administrative Science (SSCI, ABS 2)



Finance Research Letters (ABS 2)



International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ABS 2)



Gestion et Management Public (Fnege 3)



Gestion 2000 (Scopus, Fnege 4)







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