The routinization of innovation research: a constructively critical review of the state-of-the-science
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
In this review we argue that facilitators of innovation at the individual, group, and organizational levels have been reliably
identified, and that validated process models of innovation have been developed. However, a content analysis of selected research
published between 1997 and 2002 suggests a routinization of innovation research, with a heavy focus on replicationextension,
cross-sectional designs, and a single level of analysis. We discuss five innovative pathways for future work: Study innovation
as an independent variable, across cultures, within a multi-level framework, and use meta-analysis and triangulation. To illustrate
we propose a distress-related innovation model of the relations between negatively connotated variables and innovation at
the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis.
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