Innovation management practices: review and guidance for future research in SMEs

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This article aims to identify the innovation management practices used by companies worldwide and referenced in the scientific literature. This study employed a scoping review methodology proposed by Manchado et al. (Medicina y seguridad del trabajo 55:12–19, 2009). A total of 322 documents were located and screened by two reviewers. After we applied the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 19 articles were analysed in depth. This article identifies the innovation management practices used by different kinds of companies, focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises. The review found a total of 116 practices, grouped into 13 categories. These categories were classified based on the innovation management process. The practices most frequently cited by authors were the application of project management fundamentals, product changes and process improvements, idea generation techniques, and practices related to human talent management for innovation. This article provides a framework of good practices for companies that wish to improve their innovation management process.

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Table 12 Characteristics of the initial records recovered per year

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Table 13 Innovation management practices identified in the scoping review

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Pertuz, V., Pérez, A. Innovation management practices: review and guidance for future research in SMEs. Manag Rev Q 71, 177–213 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11301-020-00183-9

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Keywords

  • Innovation management practices
  • Innovation management
  • Scoping review

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  • O31
  • O32
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