Innovation Champions' Activities and Influences in Organizations : A Literature Review

Creators: Drechsler, Katharina and Reibenspiess, Victoria and Eckhardt, Andreas and Wagner, Heinz-Theo
Title: Innovation Champions' Activities and Influences in Organizations : A Literature Review
Item Type: Article or issue of a publication series
Projects: CROSS
Journal or Series Title: International Journal of Innovation Management : IJIM
Date: 2021
Divisions: Informationsmanagement
Abstract (ENG): Innovation champions often play a pivotal role in facilitating new ideas and technology-based innovations within organisations. The rise of digital technology has led to radical changes in the nature of innovation and calls for an assessment of existing knowledge on innovation champions’ activities and their influence on organisations and networks. This paper provides a systematic, interdisciplinary literature review on innovation champions from an individual and organisational perspective. Based on a search of 149 high-quality journals and conference proceedings, we identified 92 articles as relevant and synthesised prior knowledge on innovation champions. We find that, whereas innovation champions’ activities have been explored in detail, research on innovation champions’ influence, especially on networks, has been limited. Furthermore, we identify research gaps with respect to differences in innovation champions’ activities at distinct stages of the innovation lifecycle and the formation of innovation champions’ networks.
Forthcoming: No
Language: English
Citation:

Drechsler, Katharina and Reibenspiess, Victoria and Eckhardt, Andreas and Wagner, Heinz-Theo (2021) Innovation Champions' Activities and Influences in Organizations : A Literature Review. International Journal of Innovation Management : IJIM. ISSN 1363-9196

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