The Future of Innovation

  • Sveiby, Karl-Erik (Project manager, academic)
  • Segercrantz, Beata (Project manager, academic)
  • Berglund, Karin (Project participant)
  • Gripenberg, Pernilla (Working partner)

Project: Externally funded project

Project Details


Innovation is one of the most commonly mentioned concepts in social science, but unintended and undesirable consequences of innovation are rarely studied. Innovation research seems to assume that ‘innovation is good’ regardless of its effects. This is known as the ‘pro-innovation bias’. The bias limits the ability of decision makers and change agents to anticipate unintended and undesirable consequences.

The research project comprises some 20 scholars from a large number of countries and different disciplines, who share an interest in and concern about undesirable consequences of innovation.
The aim is to challenge contemporary innovation research by problematizing its underlying assumptions and promoting a more nuanced way of considering the consequences of innovation.
Effective start/end date17.12.2008 → …


  • Unknown funder: €9,000.00
  • Unknown funder: €341,514.00

Research Output

  • 1 Anthology
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article

Challenging the innovation paradigm

Sveiby, K-E. (ed.), Gripenberg, P. (ed.) & Segercrantz, B. (ed.), 2012, New York: Routledge. 272 p. (Routledge studies in technology, work and organizations; no. 9)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyScientificpeer-review

  • Innovation and the Global Financial Crisis: Systemic Consequences of Incompetence

    Sveiby, K-E., 12.2012, In : International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management . 16, 1/2, p. 30-50 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Unintended and Undesirable consequences of Innovation

    Sveiby, K-E., Segercrantz, B. U., Gripenberg, P., Eriksson, A. & Aminoff, A., 22.06.2009, Conference proceedings of the XX ISPIM conference: The Future of Innovation Vienna 21-24.6 2009. Vienna

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientific