Innovation Management - The Leadership Role of the CEO
Most leading organizations have recognized the need to become more innovative. However, as pointed out by leading management scholars such as Gary Hamel, the approaches needed to boost the innovation performance of an organization are far from clear. As companies are increasingly starting to devise and implement innovation initiatives, there is an urgent need to understand the CEO's role in identifying what is required, communicating how it should be implemented, and ensuring that it is achieved. Numerous studies have looked at the development of business strategy but few have done this in the context of innovation. This topic will form a doctoral research project in starting 2006, investigating companies' innovation programmes:
- To identify how companies focus on innovation.
- To understand the range of tasks that the CEO and the top management team need to address.
It is expected that a range of research methods will be used to investigate management actions to boost innovation and companies that are interested in this research are encouraged to contact CIPS. Further details: Professor Keith Goffin and Dr Marek Szwejczewski.