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Innovation as a knowledge‐based outcome

Innovation as a knowledge‐based outcome Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide clarity to the concept of innovation and its various definitions. Design/methodology/approach – The article reviews the innovation literature and proposes that innovation has been conceptualized either from a process or from an outcome perspective. Also, the authors show that there is a substantive difference between innovation seen in the traditional innovation literature and innovation as conceived in the knowledge management literature. Findings – The paper proposes a general framework to categorize the existing views of innovation and show that innovation as an outcome has not been clearly defined from a knowledge perspective. To address this gap, the authors develop a new definition of an innovation outcome based on knowledge elements. Research limitations/implications – The research lays the groundwork for more comprehensive methods of measuring innovation and innovativeness, which is particularly useful for the study of service innovation. Practical implications – The framework and definition expand the ability of managers to measure and understand the key factors of innovation. Originality/value – The research contributes to the literature by developing a comprehensive knowledge‐based, outcome‐oriented definition of innovation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Knowledge Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1367-3270
DOI
10.1108/13673271111179299
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide clarity to the concept of innovation and its various definitions. Design/methodology/approach – The article reviews the innovation literature and proposes that innovation has been conceptualized either from a process or from an outcome perspective. Also, the authors show that there is a substantive difference between innovation seen in the traditional innovation literature and innovation as conceived in the knowledge management literature. Findings – The paper proposes a general framework to categorize the existing views of innovation and show that innovation as an outcome has not been clearly defined from a knowledge perspective. To address this gap, the authors develop a new definition of an innovation outcome based on knowledge elements. Research limitations/implications – The research lays the groundwork for more comprehensive methods of measuring innovation and innovativeness, which is particularly useful for the study of service innovation. Practical implications – The framework and definition expand the ability of managers to measure and understand the key factors of innovation. Originality/value – The research contributes to the literature by developing a comprehensive knowledge‐based, outcome‐oriented definition of innovation.

Journal

Journal of Knowledge ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 25, 2011

Keywords: Innovation; Knowledge; Process; Outcome; Definition; Knowledge management

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