The Unintended and Undesirable Consequences: Neglected by Innovation Research

Karl-Erik Sveiby, Pernilla Gripenberg, Beata Segercrantz

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The chapter is organized as follows: First, we develop a theoretical framework for studying unintended consequences of innovation. Then, we present the results of the fi rst literature review on what undesirable consequences of innovation have been found and position them tentatively in relation to Fagerberg and Verspagen’s (2009) mapping of ‘innovation studies.’ We then validate our fi rst search results by conducting a second article search,3 this time focused on the fi ve most infl uential journals in ‘innovation studies,’ and reporting the reading of the six most infl uential innovation handbooks. Finally, we discuss the fi ndings and draw some conclusions concerning research in the scientifi c fi eld of innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging the Innovation Paradigm
EditorsKarl-Erik Sveiby, Pernilla Gripenberg, Beata Segercrantz
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-52275-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-203-12097-2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Technology, Work and Organizations


  • 512 Business and Management
  • KOTA2012

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising
  • AoS: Leading for growth and well-being


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