Innovation: Organization & Management Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Digital Innovation

Innovation

Innovation: Organization & Management is inviting submissions for a forthcoming special issue on Digital Innovation. There will also be an associated paper development workshop linked to the special issue.

Special issue theme

Since the turn of the millennium, the pervasive adoption of digital technologies and digitally enabled infrastructures has fundamentally changed the nature of products and services, in many cases transforming entire industries. Recent advances in digital technologies such as blockchain, digital payment, virtual and augmented realities, data analytics, Internet of Things, and 3D printing are bringing about dramatic changes in society, economy, and organizations. In the social realm, digital innovations have created an online culture of creativity via sharing and (re)mixing of information, with dramatic implications for content industries such as news and music (see for instance Waldfogel, 2012). In the economic realm, digital innovations have led to the ability to utilize “shared” inputs or resources (e.g., cars, tools, accommodations), leading to the disruption of traditional markets including temporary labor markets, automotive rental and sales, and hotels and hospitality. In the organizational realm, both the management of new digital products and services and the use of digital innovations in organizational processes present significant to management challenges.

Digital innovation can be defined as “the creation of (and consequent change in) market offerings, business processes, or models that result from the use of digital technology” (Nambisan, Lyytinen, Majchrzak, & Song, 2017). Digital innovation cuts across traditional industry and sector boundaries and involves inherently networked architectures, products and services. The ongoing digitization of products and services is leading to radically new disruptive and dynamic business models. Scholars who have written about digital innovation have offered important insights into the nature of digital innovation (such as the role of generativity and layered modular architectures; the incompleteness of designs, etc.), arguing that digital innovation comes with less predefined innovating agency and blurs the outcomes of innovation in terms of scope and reach (Garud, Jain, & Tuertscher, 2008; Nambisan et al., 2017; Yoo, Boland, Lyytinen, & Majchrzak, 2012; Yoo, Henfridsson, & Lyytinen, 2010).

Digital innovation is an interdisciplinary topic calling for ideas and insights from across the management and organization studies fields. The overall thrust of this special issue is to understand the two aspects of the phenomenon that is digital innovation. The first aspect relates to the new products and services that have been made possible by digital innovation. This aspect considers how investments in digital information and technologies lead to new product, service, organizational, and social innovation. Furthermore, it also covers how the use of digital technology transforms the way that value is created and extracted with new products and services. The second aspect considers how digitization influences the invention process itself, and how the innovation process becomes digitized. ICT is not only a general-purpose technology that can be used in many industrial processes, but one that can also be used to improve those processes; an invention technology (Koutroumpis, Leiponen, & Thomas, 2017). This leads to many organizational challenges for managers as they adopt and adjust to new digital technologies.

Potential Research Questions
We are open to a broad scope of contexts, including but not limited to business, government, and not for profit. At the same time, we have identified the following questions as being of interest for the proposed Special Issue, however this list is not exhaustive.

Generating Digital Innovations - how investments in digital technologies lead to new product, service, organizational, management, and social innovations.

  • How does digitization of organizational processes enable new business models?
  • How is the management of digital innovation different from traditional products and services?
  • How does the greater levels of interconnectivity (as evidenced by platforms and ecosystems) result in different organizational and management processes?
  • How does increasing technological and industry-level convergence enable the emergence of digital innovation?
  • How does the advance of digital technology give rise to new opportunities for innovation? Does this systematically vary across industry or sector?
  • How do the innovation processes of products and services designed to be unfinished products differ from traditional products and services?
  • How does the use of digital technology as strategy or complementary resources change the way value is created and extracted?
  • What are the limits of digital innovation?

Digitalizing Innovation Processes - how the innovation process itself becomes digitized.

  • How does crowdsourcing and other principles of distributed innovation influence the innovation process?
  • How is the resourcing and organization of the innovation process being digitized? Are there systematic differences across industries and sectors?
  • How does the digitization of organizational and innovation processes enable new business models?
  • How do digital innovation processes facilitate more dynamic and disruptive value propositions?
  • What policy implications are there for digital innovation processes?

The primary goal of this call is to gather high quality empirical papers. However, conceptual papers that push the envelope will also be considered.

Paper Development Workshop
To encourage potential contributions to the Special Issue, in conjunction with the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management, the Special Issue Editors and the editors of Innovation: Organization and Management will host a Paper Development Workshop at LaSalle-URL in Barcelona Spain early in 2019.  For more information, click here.

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References
Garud, R., Jain, S., & Tuertscher, P. 2008. Incomplete by design and designing for incompleteness. Organization Studies, 29(3): 351-371.
Koutroumpis, P., Leiponen, A., & Thomas, L. D. W. 2017. Invention machines: How instruments and information technologies drive global technological progress. ETLA Working Papers, ETLA - The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy. http://pub.etla.fi/ETLA-Working-Papers-52.pdf.
Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K., Majchrzak, A., & Song, M. 2017. Digital innovation management: Reinventing innovation management research in a digital world. MIS Quarterly, 41(1): 223-238.
Waldfogel, J. 2012. And the bands played on: Digital disintermediation and the quality of new recorded music. SSRN,
Yoo, Y., Boland, R. J., Lyytinen, K., & Majchrzak, A. 2012. Organizing for Innovation in the Digitized World. Organization Science, 23(5): 1398-1408.
Yoo, Y., Henfridsson, O., & Lyytinen, K. 2010. The new organizing logic of digital innovation: An agenda for information systems research. Information Systems Research, 21(4): 724-735.

Instructions for Submissions

Manuscripts for the Special Issue should be submitted by September 1, 2019. Manuscripts that do not fit the topical focus of the Special Issue may be considered for a regular issue of Innovation: Organization and Management (see the journal information here and here). IOM is a new journal that seeks to publish outstanding scholarly work at the intersection of innovation and organization theory. Authors can expect rapid and high-quality reviews by appropriate leading scholars in the field and clear editorial guidance should a revision be requested. For any queries, contact Llewellyn Thomas: llewellyn.thomas@salle.url.edu.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Marcel Bogers, University of Copenhagen
  • Guest Editor: Raghu Garud, Pennsylvania State University
  • Guest Editor: Aija Leiponen, Cornell University
  • Guest Editor: Llewellyn D W Thomas, LaSalle Universitat Ramon Llull
  • Guest Editor: Philipp Tuertscher, VU Amsterdam
  • Guest Editor: Youngjin Yoo, Case Western Reserve University