Registration for AoM 2022 PDW panel discussion and paper presentation

PDW: Corporate Underground: Bootleg Innovation, and creative and constructive deviance.

We welcome all to participate for the panel discussion and the paper presentation at the beginning of this exciting Professional Development Workshop (PDW) about bootleg innovation, corporate underground, creative deviance and constructive deviance with particular focus on R&D and general innovation activities. This PDW is "Virtual-only: Zoom "webinar" style" and currently scheduled on 7th of Aug 2022, from 2:00PM to 5:00PM during AoM annual meeting 2022. All times are Pacific (Seattle time) (UTC-7).

In the second part of this PDW, participants will attend a pre-selected roundtable facilitated by an experienced scholar in the field. Participants who wish to participate in the individualized feedback session will need to submit a proposal about "Bootleg Innovation, and creative and constructive deviance" (Abstract 300 words). We will only be able to accept a small group of participants for part two and the round table discussions, as such we encourage early submission. Application to for roundtable part two:


Employees often have to escape into the organizational underground to be creative, following radical or disruptive ideas, shield new ideas from management or co-workers or just to gather first data, which is called bootlegging or creative deviance. It is defined as a non-formalized and non-declared bottom-up innovation process for the benefit of the bootlegger’s firm. It violates - deliberately or not - corporate norms (Augsdorfer, 2021).

This PDW sheds light on this relatively under-researched and underrepresented research topic within the broad field of innovation and technology management. The objective is to increase our understanding about the corporate underground, creative deviance and constructive deviance with particular focus on R&D and general innovation activities.


Peter Augsdörfer; Technical University of Applied Sciences Ingolstadt, Germany

Charalampos Mainemelis; Alba Graduate Business School, Greece

Evy Sakellariou; Kingston University London

Dietfried Globocnik; University of Graz

Main contact from the organizer team (please contact for any questions):

Anika Stephan-Korus; HES-SO // School of Management Fribourg -

Current Agenda:              


Agenda Topic 


10 min 

Welcoming the participants and short introduction 

Anika Stephan-Korus

40 min 

Current status of research in the field of underground innovation – what we know, where we agree, what is open for exploration

Charalampos Mainemelis; Peter Augsdörfer; Dietfried Globocnik; Evy Sakellariou 

60 min 

Paper presentations and Q&A 


40 min 

Roundtables - Exchange Session & New Ideas 


20 min 

Overall feedback about underground projects by Charalampos Mainemelis and TIM expert

Charalampos Mainemelis (and TIM expert)  

10 min



Participation of PDW is free.


We welcome the following formats for applications for the paper presentation (open for all participants and the closed roundtables):

  • Paper presentation and Q&A: Submit a full research paper (max 30-page long double-space paper)
  • Roundtables applications: Submit and abstract up to 300 words. The topic may be related to new research ideas, interaction with interdisciplinary research topics, and new PhD research topics.

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Internship Manager for Degree Course International Management; Head of International Academic Relations for the Business School; Head of International Academic Relations for THI
Prof. Dr. Peter Augsdörfer
Tel.: +49 841 9348-2070
Raum: F213