Innovation Uncertainties and Socio-Political Legitimization Minitrack

Innovation Uncertainties and Socio-Political Legitimization minitrack focuses primarily around innovation uncertainties from a societal perspective and how social-political legitimization supports or hinders processes and organizations’ strategies for developing and diffusing new technologies knowledge diffusion and innovation commercialization. The trend for modern corporate management is to be cognizant of the social right for business to exist and to be inclusive of a broader range of stakeholders and the concerns of society. Organizations should thus actively seek out knowledge from various stakeholders as early as possible in the development cycle, when such feedback is most able to shape the technology for more effective diffusion. Strategies that fail to consider legitimization processes, especially in controversial social environments and/or varying institutional settings, could result in costly delays or promising technology left sitting on the shelf. This track explores how technology developers need to identify key uncertainties of the innovation during the early phases of the technology’s development, allowing them to shape the technology for more efficient diffusion.

This minitrack seeks papers that investigate issues related to innovation uncertainties and explore how organizations can proactively incorporate stakeholder considerations in new development. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovation uncertainties
  • Stakeholder management/ambiguity
  • New product/service development
  • Intellectual property management
  • Societal benefits realization
  • Cognitive legitimization
  • Socio-political legitimization
  • Sustainability
  • Business ethics
  • Public policy formulation
  • Innovation process management
  • Project management
  • Technological diffusion
  • New innovation marketing
  • Technological forecasting
  • Strategic planning
  • Human resource skills management
  • New product/service development

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Vernon Bachor (Primary Contact)
Winona State University

Jeremy Hall
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

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