Managing the front-end phase of process innovation under conditions of high uncertainty

Vinit Parida, Pankaj C. Patel, Johan Frishammar, Joakim Wincent

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Using a fuzzy-set qualitative comparison analysis, we identify and examine key
conditions for success in early front-end phases of process innovation projects. We focus on the very initial stage of the innovation process—the front-end phase—and a selection of conditions for managing highly uncertain process innovation projects. In high-uncertainty projects coupled with high levels of equivocality, formalizing roles and processes should be consistently avoided; however, idea screening is beneficial. Moreover, in successful innovation projects formalized processes but not formalized roles are beneficial. The findings suggest that formalizing roles and processes, a success factor in prior studies of innovation, does not result in success of process innovation projects.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalQuality & Quantity
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1983-2000
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 01.07.2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Innovation
  • fsQCA
  • Uncertainty
  • Process innovation
  • Fuzzy front-end
  • Equivocality


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