Innovation's domain: The need for a sharper yet broader focus

S. P. Raj, Gerard A. Athaide

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Abstract

Kahn's (2022) essay notes the growth in centers for innovation and entrepreneurship on college campuses and prompted his call for a clearer understanding and appreciation of the roles of the two phenomena. Kahn argues that while entrepreneurship focuses on new “venture” creation, innovation focuses on “offering” creation, i.e., creating new products, services, marketing methods, etc. His essay stimulated us to reflect on how the study and practice of innovation management have evolved and developed, especially in the marketing discipline. In large part, recent interest in entrepreneurship and innovation has been fueled by digital technologies (DT). These technologies have enabled entrepreneurial start-ups as well as elevated the prominence of innovative marketing practices as a source of competitive advantage. Despite their relevance for innovations in marketing strategy formulation and execution, research on DT-enabled marketing innovation is limited and fragmented. Against this background, this article describes the Snyder Innovation Management Center at Syracuse University's emphasis on the academic study of innovation management in a marketing context. The Center's areas of focus offer a useful starting point for a sharpened yet broader focus concerning to the study of innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-488
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Product Innovation Management
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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