Innovation in consulting firms: what are the foundations?

Lemus Aguilar, Isaac and Hidalgo Nuchera, Antonio (2015). Innovation in consulting firms: what are the foundations?. In: "IAMOT 2015. 24th INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE. Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth", 8-11 June 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 978-1-77592-111-0. pp. 1-18.

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Title: Innovation in consulting firms: what are the foundations?
Author/s:
  • Lemus Aguilar, Isaac
  • Hidalgo Nuchera, Antonio
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: IAMOT 2015. 24th INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE. Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth
Event Dates: 8-11 June 2015
Event Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Title of Book: IAMOT 2015. 24th International Association for Management of Technology Conference Proceedings. Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth
Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-1-77592-111-0
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Innovation; Services; Consulting Firms; KIBS; Professional Service Firms; Project-based
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Innovation inside consulting firms has missed specific attention in academic research. Consulting firms usually are considered to be part of Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS), Professional Service Firms (PSF) or Project-based Firms (PbF). However, consultancies possess particular characteristics that might affect generalizations made in studies targeting all the categories stated before. Consulting firms usually help other companies to be innovative, but they also need to have innovation within themselves in order to survive in the market, maintain and attract more clients. The objective of this paper is to explore the theoretical basis and to analyze the emerging literature related to innovation in consulting firms. This may help to understand what characteristics differentiate innovation in consulting firms from innovation in other service organizations. The methodology applied is based on a semi-quantitative literature review involving three main steps: first, we identify keywords to select the articles and create a database; second we make a quantitative analysis on the database using information from Science Direct, Emerald Insight and Google Scholar (journals, citations, type of firms, academic clusters); and finally, we identify the main contributors and research streams on the field. Our database has 206 publications including journals articles, conference papers, books and working papers: more than 70% of these publications have been published in the period from 2008 to 2014 and 24% (59 articles) focused on service innovation in the context of consulting firms. From these 59 articles, 15 articles have been considered as relevant works according to the methodology used. Some scientific journals stand out with their contribution in the literature: Research Policy, International Journal of Project Management, Journal of Knowledge Management and Scandinavian Journal of Management.

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Item ID: 42701
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/42701/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:42701
Official URL: http://www.iamot2015.com/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 Jul 2016 15:18
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016 15:00
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