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Collaborating to innovate: a systematic literature review towards a framework on digital innovator roles

Caschera, Miriana (2020) Collaborating to innovate: a systematic literature review towards a framework on digital innovator roles.

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Abstract:Focus: In recent years, the role of digitalization and digital innovation have become more relevant. Important contributors to the innovation process relying on ICT technologies are innovator roles, commonly referred to as champions and promoters, which foster the creation, development and implementation of innovation products and services through their skill and expertise. Purpose: The aim of this study is to build a framework on digital innovator roles, by identifying and understanding the innovator roles, functions, and interactions inside and outside their networks, which make the implementation of digital novelties achievable. Design/Methodology/Research approach: Relying on a systematic literature approach, this study analyses 52 articles published in journals found through the Scopus and WoS search engines. Findings: Results showed how the digital transformation process is not only related to the introduction of new digital tools, but the outcome of teamwork of people interacting to develop digital innovations, requiring new soft skills, stakeholders involvement and clear directives, highlighting the need for digitalization as a shared organizational culture. Contributions: On a theorical level this work provides a comprehensive view of the role played by innovators in the successful achievement of digital innovations combined with the challenging and successful factors of digital innovations on which to base future empirical researches. On a practical level this study provides managers a framework to consider when aiming for digitalization processes and when recruiting employees or assigning them a specific task. Originality/Value: Through a systematic and replicable approach, this study combines literature related to digitalization, innovator roles and networks of collaboration.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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