Innovation Research

We focus on innovation system research on the meso and micro-level.

An innovation system in a country or region consists of different actors who interact with each other in order to generate knowledge, transfer it to the other actors, and produce an innovative product or service. One of the main approaches in defining such systems is the triple-helix approach, in which the research and education system (universities, research institutes, etc.), government, and industry are the main players. Nevertheless, the triple-helix approach does not clearly define the role of intermediaries. Intermediaries play various roles in an innovation system, for instance providing transfer services and thus facilitating knowledge transfer between the actors or supporting actors to develop their capacity by providing support in innovation management, etc. Hence, it is necessary to consider intermediary organizations (innovation services) as one of the main actors in an innovation system.

On company-level we research the concepts and tools in order to develop Innovation Management Systems. Innovation Management is of particular importance in order to reduce the failure rate in innovations projects and to enhance the effectiveness of innovation process. We developed a concept of Innovation Managements System which covers the following key elements: Innovation Strategy, Innovation Organisation, Innovation Process Management, and Innovation Culture.

We apply quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods, for the thorough analysis of real-world challenges through a multi-method approach that examines the differential effects (or lack thereof) caused by method-specific variance. In this sense, we are able to combine theoretical knowledge with practice-relevant experience, in order to provide pragmatic solutions to our partners and clients.

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