Research at the Chair for Innovation Management


The focus of our research lies on research questions whose answers contribute to both, theory and practice to derive implications for researchers, managers, and policy makers. In our research, we take a behavioral perspective on the study of Innovation Management, with the overarching goal to explain how organizational actors can successfully innovate despite challenging conditions in established organizations as well as new ventures.

We are committed to cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative empirical research, building on a broad array of empirical methods. Data are collected using large-scale surveys, ethnographies, laboratory experiments, interview studies, or secondary data with the aim to publish in established international journals.

Current Research Topics

Organizing and Supporting Creativity and Innovation: The role of resources for creativity and innovation, diagnosing and fostering creativity and innovation, digitalization of the innovation process.

Consequences of Adverse Conditions for Innovators: Learning from failures and setbacks in innovative endeavors, innovator resilience, consequences of workplace stress and stressors for innovators and ways to mitigate them.

Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Base of the Pyramid: Patterns of creativity in sustainable innovative endeavors at the base of the pyramid, the role of material and social resources in social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ongoing Research Projects

The Human Side of Digitizing the Innovation Process

Duration: 1.9.2019 - 29.2.2020

People: Prof. Dr. Weiß (Prinicpal Researcher)

Funding Institution: Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR)

Description:The current digital transformation has profound consequences for companies. In this regard, the increasing digitization clearly is a driver of innovation on the industry or societal level. What has gone largely unnoticed so far, however, are the consequences digitization has for innovation processes in organizations and whether it facilitates or hampers innovation activities within them. In particular, the consequences for those people in organizations that actually are responsible for driving innovation projects and creating innovations, i.e., innovators, are still not well understood. Hence, there is a lack of understanding of the effects digitization has on the human side of innovation. Therefore, the primary aim of this research project is to examine which aspects of digitization are conducive or detrimental for innovation in organizations and to provide evidence based recommendations how management can minimize negative side effects of digitization on organizational innovation processes.