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Rationale: Innovation Management is maturing as a research field, creating increasing demands for rigor in research design, execution and publication of both basic and applied research. Accordingly, the (ISPIM) innovation management community could benefit from better resources to learn, share and develop research-related skills.

Purpose: The objective is twofold: 1. to increase the level of scholarship of the ISPIM Community and to enable ISPIM scholars to design, execute and publish research that is more rigorous and impactful in the field of innovation management; 2. to increase the level of competence of innovation executives and managers to solve real-world problems using rigorous, grounded methods and tools.


Scope: The Innovation Research Skills SIG's includes a broad range of topics and methods in the field of innovation management. It promotes excellence in the use of traditional research methods and academic publishing formats, as well as exploring the potential, application and development of less commonly used methods. The SIG will run on a multi-year basis, and although initially focused around ISPIM events, it can branch out with its own events, publications etc. as appropriate. The SIG overlaps with other ISPIM activities, most notably the PhD Lab and Community. The synergies between different activities will be explored.

Methods for Industry: We discuss innovation management challenges that industries face and identify how researchers can help solve them. The Research Skills SIG gives special attention to methods and skills for applied research in innovation management and builds an effective collaboration between practitioners and academics. Discover more here.

Target audience: Primarily, any level of academic or practitioner wishing to improve their innovation research skills, but also anyone else interested in basic or applied research such as consultants and intermediaries.

The Innovation Research Skills Special Interest Group helps researchers and practitioners meet the demand for rigor and impact in research design, execution and communication.


ISPIM Action Innovation Management Community


As part of the Innovation Research Skills SIG, this is a platform for activities, publications and networking for researchers who want to use research techniques that go deep into understanding the dynamics of real world innovation management.  Action research is not new but it is underutilised. Accordingly, a tool called Action Innovation Management (AIM) helps researchers overcome application barriers and ensures rigorous and relevant action research in the field of innovation management.

We invite all researchers interested in action research to join our community and hope that they will take an active role in it by participating in our events, stimulating discussions online and providing us with feedback and ideas on what we could do for our members.




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LUT University


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RMIT University


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SIG Action Group:

  • Allen Alexander – New Methodologies for Innovation Management Research

  • Nina Tura: Researcher Lab Experience

  • Thomas Clauss – Measurement and Modeling in Quantitative Research

  • Urs Daellenbach – Mixed Method Approaches to Innovation Management Research

  • Eelko Huizingh – Research Publication Strategies

  • Joona Keränen - Qualitative Research Design and Analysis

  • Anton Kriz – Action Research

  • Anne-Laure Mention - Quantitative Research

  • Heidi Olander – Qualitative Research Design and Analysis

  • Kyriaki Papageorgiou – Ethnographic Methods

  • Teemu Santonen – Network Analysis, Scientometrics

  • Jane Webb – Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods, PhD Research


To get involved or find out more, subscribe to the group or contact Steffen Conn