Convergence and interdisciplinarity in innovation management: a review, critique, and future directions
Publication typeJournal article with impact factor
JournalThe Service Industries Journal
Publication Begin page774
Publication End page788
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AbstractKnowledge integration in the interstices between different disciplinary fields is becoming a critical challenge to innovation management. As disciplines converge into new hybrid fields, such as information and communication technology or nano-biotechnology, it ultimately creates winners and losers, be they new firms that displace incumbents or individual scientists better positioned to reap rewards from new targeted grants. While received literature recognizes the importance of interdisciplinarity, little is known about its theoretical and conceptual antecedents. To meet this challenge, we first review and critique the literature on interdisciplinarity from a knowledge-based perspective, and, second, identify challenges for innovation management and formulate implications for further research. In particular, we outline how individual and team-level heterogeneity should be addressed. By adopting such a micro-level perspective, innovation management can embrace heterogeneity and effectively unlock the true value of interdisciplinary knowledge.
KeywordConvergence, Interdisciplinarity, Innovation Management, Knowledge Integration, Knowledge Management, Review