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Samuelsson, P., Sukhov, A., Lu, C. & Kaluza, J. (2019). Public management logics for service innovation. In: Per Kristensson, Peter R. Magnusson, Lars Witell (Ed.), Service Innovation for Sustainable Business: Stimulating, Realizing and Capturing the value from Service Innovation (pp. 49-73). New Jersey: World Scientific
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2019 (English)In: Service Innovation for Sustainable Business: Stimulating, Realizing and Capturing the value from Service Innovation / [ed] Per Kristensson, Peter R. Magnusson, Lars Witell, New Jersey: World Scientific , 2019, p. 49-73Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The following sections are included: Introduction Applying a Practice View to Service Innovation Public Management Logics for Service Innovation Presenting a Model for Public Management Logics for Innovation Discussion and Implications References

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New Jersey: World Scientific, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-73347 (URN)10.1142/9789813273382_0004 (DOI)2-s2.0-85067167441 (Scopus ID)9789813273382 (ISBN)9789813273375 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-07-02 Created: 2019-07-02 Last updated: 2020-03-27Bibliographically approved
Sukhov, A. (2019). The human side of idea screening. (Doctoral dissertation). Karlstads universitet
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In extant research, idea screening has been viewed as a gate where ideas for innovations are evaluated and selected for further development. Given that organizations have limited resources, and cannot implement all of the ideas, idea screening acts as a bottleneck during the innovation process. Thus far, research studies have mainly focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of idea screening through e.g. crowdsourcing, improving its accuracy, and even developing algorithms that mimic human evaluations. However, this pursuit of technical and procedural optimization has only reinforced the perception of idea screening as a strict decision gate, limiting our understanding of this phenomenon. Consequentially, this has led to a gap between how idea screening is portrayed by research and what is happening during screening. The aim of this study is thus to explore idea screening from the evaluator’s perspective in order to enrich our current understanding of this phenomenon and to reduce the gap between theory and practice. The methodological approach used was inspired by mixed methods research, and the empirical base consisted of a total of 1,305 idea screening cases performed by 245 people, focusing on technology-based ideas for innovations. The findings showed that evaluators did not just evaluate and select ideas for further development, but were engaged in generative activities that helped them to understand ideas and envision their future potential. This indicated that idea screening is not a strict decision gate, but is also a stage where ideas can be refined. The findings propose a change of logic as regards how to understand idea screening, and how to find ideas of high quality, i.e. good ideas are not created during idea generation, and then discovered during screening, they are instead created by the evaluators during screening. Recognising this opens up new opportunities for capturing activities that can improve screening.

Abstract [en]

What is a good idea for innovation? This is indeed a fascinating question. Practitioners want to know how to find good ideas that will contribute towards successful innovation projects, while researchers may face the challenging task of understanding what is “good” to begin with. In order to find an answer to this question, I have chosen to focus this doctoral thesis on the phenomenon of idea screening, whereby people engage in the process of determining the quality of ideas for innovations.

In my own view, idea screening is an activity that consists of perception (the process of making sense and becoming aware) and judgement (reaching conclusions about what has been perceived). Breaking down these concepts into further detail has allowed me to zoom in on the core of what leads to the perception of a “good” idea, gradually changing my initial understanding away from “what constitutes a good idea for innovation?” towards “what makes people think that the idea is good?”. This change of perspective emphasizes the importance of the human side of idea screening and feeds further into a discussion about whether ideas present opportunities that can be discovered, or whether ideas are constructed by the people who create these opportunities. The answer is undoubtedly – both.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstads universitet, 2019. p. 87
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2019:34
Keywords
comprehension, front end of innovation, generativity, idea screening, mechanisms, mixed methods research, sensemaking
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75769 (URN)978-91-7867-059-8 (ISBN)978-91-7867-069-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-01-22, 11D121, Andersalen, Universitetsgatan 2, Karlstad, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2019-12-17 Created: 2019-11-18 Last updated: 2020-03-16Bibliographically approved
Sukhov, A. & Magnusson, P. (2019). What is an idea for innovation?. In: Per Kristensson, Peter Magnusson, Lars Witell (Ed.), Service Innovation for Sustainable Business: Stimulating, Realizing and Capturing the Value from Service Innovation (pp. 29-47). World Scientific
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2019 (English)In: Service Innovation for Sustainable Business: Stimulating, Realizing and Capturing the Value from Service Innovation / [ed] Per Kristensson, Peter Magnusson, Lars Witell, World Scientific, 2019, p. 29-47Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

1. There is no unified model for what an idea for innovation is.

2. This chapter provides a model for describing the anatomy of an idea

and also defines the boundary conditions to be fulfilled for realizing it.

3. An idea is defined as a short contextual narrative consisting of a solution

to a certain problem. Ideas have a dual purpose: they provide a

description for a certain plan of action, but also trigger new associations

and give rise to new ideas. A checklist for managing idea development

is provided.

4. This is a conceptual chapter that is relevant for both private and public

innovation management practices.

5. This chapter relates to Chapters 2 and 4.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
World Scientific, 2019
Keywords
Innovation, Idea, Fuzzy Front End, Front End of Innovation, Definition, Problem-solving
National Category
Business Administration Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71917 (URN)10.1142/9789813273382_0003 (DOI)9789813273375 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-11-18Bibliographically approved
Sukhov, A., Sihvonen, A., Olsson, L. E. & Magnusson, P. (2018). That makes sense to me: Openness to change and sensemaking in idea screening. International Journal of Innovation Management, 22(8), 1-15, Article ID 1840009.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>That makes sense to me: Openness to change and sensemaking in idea screening
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation Management, ISSN 1363-9196, E-ISSN 1757-5877, Vol. 22, no 8, p. 1-15, article id 1840009Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines how a person’s sense of identity (expressed in terms of openness to change vs. conservation) influences the way in which they screen early ideas for innovation projects. To study this, we recruited 20 experts from a leading IT-consultancy firm to individually evaluate and comment on 12 R&D project ideas. This data was then analysed by using a configurational approach (fsQCA) to understand how different experts combine various evaluation dimensions together to make sense of and decide on the goodness of an idea. The findings show that experts who are open to change view ideas as opportunities and approach idea screening as a generative process, while conservative experts are more reserved in their idea screening activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
World Scientific, 2018
Keywords
Sensemaking; idea screening; evaluation; values; identity; openness to change; conservative; fsQCA
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70330 (URN)10.1142/S1363919618400091 (DOI)000454058700003 ()
Available from: 2018-11-29 Created: 2018-11-29 Last updated: 2019-11-18Bibliographically approved
Sukhov, A. (2018). The role of perceived comprehension in idea evaluation. Creativity and Innovation Management, 27(2), 183-195
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of perceived comprehension in idea evaluation
2018 (English)In: Creativity and Innovation Management, ISSN 0963-1690, E-ISSN 1467-8691, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 183-195Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Idea evaluation is a vital stage in the front end of innovation, which helps managers decide the direction of future innovation projects. Often, idea evaluations are crowdsourced from users in order to know their preferences. However, since early ideas are incomplete, evaluations may be exposed to cognitive bias. Previous research suggests that people have a tendency to fill inthe gaps in idea descriptions and understand them implicitly, but this can lead to additional processing and result in the undervaluation of the idea. This study tests the relationship betweenidea completeness, the assessors’ subjective comprehension, and the perceived quality of early ideas for public transport services. The results show that there is no consistently direct effect between completeness and idea quality, which suggests that idea evaluations do not rely on informed decision‐making (i.e., decisions based on the provided information). In fact, people who think they comprehend an idea also perceive its quality more higher than people who do not comprehend it. An increase in completeness acts as an aid for comprehension. These findings have important implications for idea management, and point to the significant effect of incomprehension during evaluation, something which needs to be taken into account when using crowdsourcing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2018
Keywords
Comprehension, Idea Quality, Assessment, Evaluation, Innovation, Crowdsourcing
National Category
Business Administration Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66479 (URN)10.1111/caim.12262 (DOI)000431629800007 ()
Available from: 2018-02-26 Created: 2018-02-26 Last updated: 2019-11-18Bibliographically approved
Netz, J., Sukhov, A., Olsson, L. E. & Magnusson, P. (2016). Intuitive judgments might not be that intuitive after all: Insights from think-loud protocols in idea assessment.. In: : . Paper presented at 6th CIM Community Workshop, Potsdam, GERMANY.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intuitive judgments might not be that intuitive after all: Insights from think-loud protocols in idea assessment.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Economics and Business Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75178 (URN)
Conference
6th CIM Community Workshop, Potsdam, GERMANY
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2019-10-10Bibliographically approved
Björk, J., Magnusson, M., Magnusson, P., Olsson, L. E. & Sukhov, A. (2016). The What, Who, When, Where, and How of Idea Assessment.. In: : . Paper presented at The 2016 ISPIM Innovation Forum - Charting the future of innovation management, Boston, USA, 13-16 March 2016.
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2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In contemporary innovation management literature there is limitedcomprehensive understanding regarding how different domains andfactors affect and bias early assessment of new product/service ideas.This paper aims at reviewing domains that previous research hasidentified affecting the evaluation of an idea and compiles them into aconceptual framework, and to test this framework among leading expertsand practitioners in the field of idea management. Empirical findings fromtwo workshops indicate that the identified domains in the framework areindeed relevant, but that additional aspect are highlighted and recognized by practitioners. We note that a proactive and deliberate approach to idea assessment needs to be carefully designed, attending to all factors in the presented framework in a comprehensive manner, while taking the organization's specific innovation needs and demands into account.

National Category
Business Administration Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75179 (URN)
Conference
The 2016 ISPIM Innovation Forum - Charting the future of innovation management, Boston, USA, 13-16 March 2016
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2019-10-10Bibliographically approved
Sukhov, A., Magnusson, P. R. & Olsson, L. E. (2015). A conceptual model of the idea construct in innovation contexts: Laying the groundwork for a generative idea assessment approach. In: John Humphreys (Ed.), Academy of Management Proceedings: Meeting Abstract Supplement. Paper presented at Opening Governance - The 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August 7-11, 2015, Vancouver (pp. 17256). Academy of Management, 1
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A conceptual model of the idea construct in innovation contexts: Laying the groundwork for a generative idea assessment approach
2015 (English)In: Academy of Management Proceedings: Meeting Abstract Supplement / [ed] John Humphreys, Academy of Management , 2015, Vol. 1, p. 17256-Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is often said that all innovation starts with an idea. But what is an idea for innovation? What actually constitutes a new idea is seldom reflected upon by idea management literature. The lack of a unified understanding of what constitutes an idea might result in potentially good ideas being rejected due to not being elaborated enough to receive a fair assessment. Furthermore, the lack of solid definition of an idea has implications for research on idea management, as empirical studies on ideation and idea evaluation are difficult to compare when the studied object – the idea – is not defined. Based on a synthesis of psychology and management research, this paper contributes with a conceptual model of the idea construct. It identifies the need for ideas to possess a degree of completion before being assessed. The model assists a greater understanding of when an idea is ready to be assessed. We further discuss the models’ implications for idea management in the early phases of the idea management process with respect to two different aspects of idea nurturing. The idea definition presented in this paper has implications for reorganising the idea assessment process to incorporate value adding activates such as idea nurturing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academy of Management, 2015
Series
Academy of Management Proceedings, ISSN 0065-0668
Keywords
idea definition, Ideation, Innovation
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41919 (URN)10.5465/AMBPP.2015.17256abstract (DOI)
Conference
Opening Governance - The 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August 7-11, 2015, Vancouver
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-25 Last updated: 2019-07-11Bibliographically approved
Netz, J., Sukhov, A. & Magnusson, P. R. (2015). Exploring the merits if internal outsourcing to increase effectiveness and efficiency in idea screening. In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Product Development Management Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 14-16, 2015.: . Paper presented at Innovation & Product Development Management Conference - IPDMC. Copenhagen, Denmark: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the merits if internal outsourcing to increase effectiveness and efficiency in idea screening
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Product Development Management Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 14-16, 2015., Copenhagen, Denmark: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management , 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen, Denmark: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, 2015
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41920 (URN)
Conference
Innovation & Product Development Management Conference - IPDMC
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-25 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved
Sukhov, A., Magnusson, P. R. & Olsson, L. E. (2015). Rethinking idea assessment: the generative approach. In: Innovation & Product Development Management Conference - IPDM: . Paper presented at IPDM 2015 - The 22nd Innovation & Product Development Management Conference, 14-16 June 2015, Copenhagen. Copenhagen,: EIASM
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rethinking idea assessment: the generative approach
2015 (English)In: Innovation & Product Development Management Conference - IPDM, Copenhagen,: EIASM , 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen,: EIASM, 2015
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41918 (URN)
Conference
IPDM 2015 - The 22nd Innovation & Product Development Management Conference, 14-16 June 2015, Copenhagen
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-25 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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