In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Technology and Innovation Management

  • Introduction
  • Reference Resources
  • Journals
  • Classical Works
  • Policy

Management Technology and Innovation Management
Elizabeth J. Altman, Frank Nagle, Michael L. Tushman
  • LAST REVIEWED: 28 January 2013
  • LAST MODIFIED: 28 January 2013
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199846740-0025


The goal of this annotated bibliography on technology and innovation is to organize and present the most important literature relevant to a scholar seeking to understand and advance the field. It includes articles that are highly cited and foundational pieces, as well as recent articles that help give the reader a sense of where the field is headed and where likely opportunities for future research lie. This article seeks to strike an equilibrium among the variety of perspectives that exist in technology and innovation literature, balancing new and old research as well as economic, organizational, and cross-disciplinary methodologies. The innovative process is broadly considered here, as well as the technologies that result from it, including business model innovation, service-level innovation, and product innovation, highlighting articles that utilize diverse levels of analysis. As technological advancements dramatically reduce information processing, storage, and communication costs and our world becomes more interconnected and networked, the innovation process itself is rapidly evolving. Scholars must root themselves in the literature of the past, but be flexible enough to incorporate such rapid changes into their models of innovation and technology. For this reason, the early sections of this bibliography present the Classical Works, from which other works derive. The discussion then turns to literature related to technology Change and Diffusion, an important part of the process through which the environments in which firms exist evolve. Next, the article explores technology and innovation Strategy, which drives the development of new technologies and helps dictate the organizational structure of firms and institutions. The article then focuses on technology and innovation Development, from which learning occurs, resulting in a shaping of strategy and organization. Then it focuses on Organizational Perspectives related to technology and innovation, which help to structure the development process and add context to strategic decision making. Finally, literature is presented related to technology and innovation Policy, which directly shapes the environment to which firms must react. Together, these six areas (classics, change/diffusion, strategy, development, organization, and policy) allow scholars to better understand the outcomes of the innovation processes that shape products and services, drive firm success, and influence society.

Reference Resources

There are a number of compilations that overview the state of the technology and innovation field as it was at the time of publication. Fagerberg, et al. 2005 explores the technology and innovation fields from a number of different disciplinary perspectives. Baum 2002 focuses on organizational topics but includes a variety of technology- and innovation-related chapters. Walsh and Brief 2007– is a yearly publication that summarizes and critiques the latest literature in multiple fields, including technology and innovation. Clegg, et al. 2006 includes both macro and micro analyses of organizations that are relevant to innovation.

  • Baum, Joel A. C., ed. The Blackwell Companion to Organizations. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002.

    This volume includes contributions from fifty international scholars, each chapter following a standardized structure with five common elements. The authors discuss three levels of the organization for each topic: intraorganizational, organizational, and interorganizational. Topics covered include networks, ecology, and technology perspectives.

  • Clegg, Stuart R., Cynthia Hardy, Thomas B. Lawrence, and Walter R. Nord, eds. The SAGE Handbook of Organization Studies. 2d ed. London and Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2006.

    This updated version of a seminal work published ten years before contains thirty chapters. Providing an overview of research in organization studies, the editors use the metaphor of conversations to guide their selection and introduction of topics. The first section discusses theorizing in the field, while the second explores specific issues, many of which are related to innovation.

  • Fagerberg, Jan, David C. Mowery, and Richard R. Nelson, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Innovation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

    This handbook presents a collection of articles addressing the phenomenon of innovation from a variety of disciplines. The articles are intended to summarize the field and encompass the innovation process from innovation creation to the role of institutions and organizations in innovation to the importance of innovation for economic growth and competitiveness.

  • Walsh, James P., and Arthur P. Brief, eds. Academy of Management Annals. London: Routledge, 2007–.

    The AOM Annals are a yearly series of books featuring invited articles that summarize recent advances in multiple fields of management. The Annals are intended to not only review and critique existing literature but also to discuss areas for future study.

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