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The Dutch innovation manager from a project manager perspective

Bartelds, J. (2016) The Dutch innovation manager from a project manager perspective.

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Abstract:Nowadays there is a growing number of innovation managers within companies. The function of the innovation manager is not known so companies are not able to hire the perfect innovation manager and schools in general will not able to properly educate potential innovation managers. This article therefore reports on this lack of information by comparing project manager theory with innovation manager practice in order to structure a general job description. The results show that innovation manager can partially be derived from the theory found by the project manager. In order to be an effective innovation manager some additional features to the project manager are needed due to the high speed changing environment and uncertainty of innovations. This research shows what the differences and similarities are between those distinct managers and also explains what the general function of the innovation manager is. It can be concluded that the innovation manager is the possible link between a trend watcher and the project manager. The innovation manager will then be responsible to produce a case from trends derived from the trend watcher and give the business to a project manager in order to make the possible trend a successful product or service.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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