Innovation Management Measurement: A Review

27 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Richard Adams

Cranfield School of Management

John Bessant

Cranfield University - School of Management

Robert Phelps

Cranfield University - School of Management

Abstract

Measurement of the process of innovation is critical for both practitioners and academics, yet the literature is characterized by a diversity of approaches, prescriptions and practices that can be confusing and contradictory. Conceptualized as a process, innovation measurement lends itself to disaggregation into a series of separate studies. The consequence of this is the absence of a holistic framework covering the range of activities required to turn ideas into useful and marketable products. We attempt to address this gap by reviewing the literature pertaining to the measurement of innovation management at the level of the firm. Drawing on a wide body of literature, we first develop a synthesized framework of the innovation management process consisting of seven categories: inputs management, knowledge management, innovation strategy, organizational culture and structure, portfolio management, project management and commercialization. Second, we populate each category of the framework with factors empirically demonstrated to be significant in the innovation process, and illustrative measures to map the territory of innovation management measurement. The review makes two important contributions. First, it takes the difficult step of incorporating a vastly diverse literature into a single framework. Second, it provides a framework against which managers can evaluate their own innovation activity, explore the extent to which their organization is nominally innovative or whether or not innovation is embedded throughout their organization, and identify areas for improvement.

Suggested Citation

Adams, Richard and Bessant, John and Phelps, Robert, Innovation Management Measurement: A Review. International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 21-47, March 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=895598 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2370.2006.00119.x

Richard Adams (Contact Author)

Cranfield School of Management ( email )

Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL
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John Bessant

Cranfield University - School of Management ( email )

Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

Robert Phelps

Cranfield University - School of Management

Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

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