The routinization of innovation research: a constructively critical review of the state-of-the-science
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Special Issue: The bright and dark sides of individual and group innovation. Guest Editors: Onne Janssen, Evert van de Vliert and Michael West
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 147–173, March 2004
How to Cite
Anderson, N., De Dreu, C. K. W. and Nijstad, B. A. (2004), The routinization of innovation research: a constructively critical review of the state-of-the-science. J. Organiz. Behav., 25: 147–173. doi: 10.1002/job.236
- Issue published online: 2 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JUN 2003
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 replication–extension, 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. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.