Twenty Challenges for Innovation Studies

43 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2016

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Ben Martin

SPRU, University of Sussex; University of Cambridge - Judge Business School - Centre for Science and Policy (CSAP) and Centre for Business Research (CBR)

Date Written: October 28, 2015

Abstract

With the field of innovation studies now half a century old, the occasion has been marked by several studies looking back to identify the main advances made over its lifetime. Starting from a list of 20 advances over the field’s history, this discussion paper sets out 20 challenges for coming decades. The intention is to prompt a debate within the innovation studies community on what are, or should be, the key challenges for us to take up, and more generally on what sort of field we aspire to be. It is argued that the empirical focus of our studies has failed to keep pace with the fast changing world and economy, especially the shift from manufacturing to services and the increasingly urgent need for sustainability. Moreover, the very way we conceptualise, define, operationalise and analyse ‘innovation’ seems somewhat rooted in the past, leaving us less able to grapple with other less visible or ‘dark’ forms of innovation.

Keywords: innovation studies, science policy, research challenges, dark innovation

JEL Classification: O30, O32, O38, Q55

Suggested Citation

Martin, Benjamin R., Twenty Challenges for Innovation Studies (October 28, 2015). SWPS 2015-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2744637 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2744637

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