The Innovation Network Scoreboard: Towards key Performance Indicators for the Assessment of Innovation Networks

Holger Kohl, Jan-Patrick Cap, Erik Blaich, Ariane M. von Raesfeld Meijer

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This work operationalizes a framework for the assessment of innovation networks. While a theoretical framework provides value to scholars, practitioners require concrete methods and indicators that they can apply to their projects. Scholars face the same demand when conducting empirical research. This paper seeks to meet this demand, while also contributing to the theoretical perspective by uniting different research streams in the field of network research in one framework, the Innovation Network Scoreboard. The concept of innovation networks has gained popularity during recent years and much research has been dedicated to the relation between networks and innovation outcome. Still, scholars have criticized the field of network research for lacking academic consensus and generalizable empirical findings. These circumstances make it difficult for practitioners to apply network theories and to draw conclusions for real world networks. We suggest key performance indicators that provide practitioners with some guidance in this difficult task. The suggested measures are based on an extensive literature review. We have chosen concepts, for which to our interpretation some academic consensus has been reached. According to the previously introduced model we developed key performance indicators for the dimensions input factors of innovation networks, network characteristics in terms of network content, network structure and network atmosphere and finally innovation output. Combined, these dimensions provide a holistic overview over an innovation network and allow for a root cause analysis that provides hints on the cause of a change in innovation output. We provide quantitative measures for each dimension and summarize those in the Innovation Network Scoreboard. This tool provides a concise overview over the most important indicators of innovation networks. Furthermore, we describe concrete approaches to the measurement of each indicator. In sum a concrete method is provided to practitioners for the evaluation of innovation networks from different perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECIE Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
EditorsR.P. Dameri, R. Garelli, M. Resta, L. Beltrametti
Place of PublicationGenoa, Italy
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2015
Event10th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2015 - University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
Duration: 17 Sep 201518 Sep 2015
Conference number: 10


Conference10th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2015
Abbreviated titleECIE 2015


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