Trending Topics in Innovation Management

Last week, 233 papers have been presented at the ISPIM conference. Although not proceeded yet, the papers and abstracts are already available for ISPIM members. Being a member, I was able to scan all the abstracts, titles and keywords for trending topics. After a few manual adjustments, such as combining words and ignoring research-related terminology I could come up with the following wordcloud. It identifies the main topics that are currently trending in innovation management.


So what can we conclude:

Trending Topics

The top 10 of trending topics definitely are (leaving some that don’t mean anything without context):

  1. Technology
  2. Business
  3. Processes
  4. Open Innovation
  5. New Product
  6. Development
  7. Services
  8. Performance
  9. Market
  10. Entrepreneurship

Question Marks

Question marks to me are the topics that haven’t been mentioned quite often in recent research, but from which we could expect that they would be studied a bit more (because they are hot or because they have been studied widely in the past). The infamous list of question marks would be as followed:

  1. Society
  2. End-users
  3. Education
  4. Culture
  5. Consumers
  6. Incubators
  7. Co-Creation
  8. Tools
  9. Diversity
  10. Networks

To me it seems interesting that many terms in this list refer to co-creation (end-users, consumers, co-creation, networks – although it must be said that words as collaboration and customers end up higher in the word cloud). This topic has been researched widely over the last few years, but seems to gain less interest this year. Also the cultural aspects get less attention then would be expected (knowing that innovation management basically is all about changing behaviour).

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