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Navigating Innovation

How to Identify, Prioritize and Capture Opportunities for Strategic Success


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Benoit Gailly
    Pages 1-2
  3. Benoit Gailly
    Pages 57-104
  4. Benoit Gailly
    Pages 105-146
  5. Benoit Gailly
    Pages 195-221
  6. Benoit Gailly
    Pages 223-224
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-238

About this book


Every firm must maintain an entrepreneurial ecosystem and a coherent innovation strategy in order to stay ahead of the competition. For managers this means being able to build a vision of what innovation looks like in the context of their organization, fostering entrepreneurial behaviour, spotting opportunities and making the right decisions. Based on years of practical experience and unique insight, this handy guide identifies fundamental challenges and is rooted in concrete examples. Accompanied by a brand new app for iPhone and Android as well as a companion website, this is an easy dip in, dip out guide with a focus on successful execution. Navigating Innovation is a one-stop-shop, giving you a deeper understanding of the core concepts and tools to capture the right opportunities for your business.



Innovation Organization Strategy Management Entrepreneurial Behaviour Execution Business Opportunity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Louvain School of ManagementUniversité catholique de LouvainLouvain-La-NeuveBelgium

About the authors

Benoit Gailly is Professor of Innovation Management and Strategy in the Center for Research in Entrepreneurial Change and Innovative Strategies (CRECIS) at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He held the Puilaetco Chair in Management and Financing of Technology Innovation at the Louvain School of Management (LSM) from 2001 to 2006, and is Program Director of the Executive Master’s Degree in Innovation Management. Benoit is also the former LSM Vice-Dean for Corporate Relations and former Chair of the committee regarding the transfer and valorization of research results for the Academic Council. Before his time at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Benoit also studied at Roskilde University in Denmark and INSEAD. His research focuses on innovation-based strategies and innovation support systems. He is the author of numerous scientific publications on innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as Developing Innovative Organizations published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. A former manager at McKinsey and an entrepreneur and advisor for several innovation networks and companies (both large firms and start-ups), Benoit is also a member of the Essenscia Innovation Circle and the Secretary General of the GRD Network.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Finance, Business & Banking


“This is a well written and structured book and goes a long way to fulfilling its one stop shop objective. … The book provides a roadmap, but they’re the ones who will have to organize and enable the journey.” (John Bessant, International Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 24 (1), 2020)

“It’s certainly ambitious — it claims to offer a ‘one stop shop’ for the fundamentals of innovation management best practices. And it is well grounded; the foundations are based on a literature review of over 2,000 pieces of research — a good cross-section of the traveller’s experience we’ve accumulated over the past hundred years of trying to understand innovation management. …  it’s full of helpful examples and, importantly, enabling tools, a valuable feature is the app, which is available to complement the book.” (John Bessant, International Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 24 (1), August 19, 2019)