Call for Papers – “Managing Values for Innovation” – Special Issue of Int. Journal of Innovation Management

“Managing Values for Innovation: Cases, Methods, and Theories” – Special Issue of International Journal of Innovation Management (IJIM)

Guest Editors: Henning Breuer, Florian Lüdeke-Freund, John Bessant

Contact: henning.breuer (at)

Journal website:

Special issue topic

Innovation research increasingly attends to the role that values and normative orientations play for innovation and its management (Breuer & Lüdeke-Freund, 2017a, 2017b). Newer streams such as responsible, social, and sustainable innovation result from an explicit orientation towards values and normative orientations (e.g., Adams et al., 2016; Lubberink et al., 2017; Owen et al., 2013; Stilgoe et al., 2013), where values of privacy, equity, justice, safety, and further issues humans deeply care about serve as sources, levers, and orientation marks for innovation. However, reviewing the current literature reveals gaps in terms of empirical cases, applicable methods for researchers and practitioners, and theoretical frameworks. Only few studies investigate, for example, the impact of values on financial or innovation performance, or find indicators for a positive relationship between organisational values, business model innovation, and corporate financial performance (e.g., Globocnik et al., 2020; Manohar & Pandit, 2014; Pedersen et al., 2018). Accordingly, our knowledge about the ‘normative turn’ in innovation research and management and the emerging ‘values-based view’ on innovation is still scarce.

Invited contributions

We invite researchers from various fields (e.g., innovation management, business and management studies, cultural studies, organisational psychology, sociology, or ethnography) and are interested in, for example:

  • Empirical studies: Cases of values-based innovation in practise and evidence-based assessment of their impact.
  • Innovation research methods: Analytical and empirical methods to elaborate upon the role of values in business organisations and their innovation projects and management.
  • Innovation facilitation methods: How to work with values in innovation management and entrepreneurial settings. Success factors and failure in the design of facilitation methods and assessment of their impacts.
  • Theoretical contributions: Theoretical frameworks explaining in how far values motivate and guide innovation and its management.

Tentative timeline

  • Full paper submission: between 1st July and 31st August 2020
  • Initial review: December 2020
  • Revised papers: March 2021
  • Second review: June 2021
  • Revised papers: September 2021
  • Handing in papers for final review by IJIM and production: November 2021

Submission procedure

We invite original, full-length research papers up to 40 pages (incl. references and appendices, excl. cover page and abstract; 12pt. Times-like fonts, 1.5 spacing). All authors must use the online submission system of IJIM and follow the journal’s submission guidelines (

Paper development workshops at ISPIM 2020 and NBM 2020

Authors are invited to join our paper development workshops at ISPIM 2020, 8/9thth June 2020, and NBM 2020, 1st/2nd July 2020. For submission details see the conference websites. In parallel to submitting through the conference systems, send your conference papers to h.breuer (at) and fluedeke-freund (at)


Adams, R., Jeanrenaud, S., Bessant, J., Denyer, D., Overy, P. (2016). Sustainability‐oriented Innovation: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 18, No. 2, 180-225.

Breuer, H., Lüdeke-Freund, F. (2017a). Values-Based Innovation Management. London, Palgrave Macmillan.

Breuer, H., Lüdeke-Freund, F. (2017b). Values-Based Network and Business Model Innovation. International Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 21, No. 3, 1-35.

Globocnik, D., Rauter, R., Baumgartner, R. J. (2020). Synergy or Conflict? The Relationships Among Organisational Culture, Sustainability-Related Innovation Performance, And Economic Innovation Performance. International Journal of Innovation Management, doi: 10.1142/S1363919620500048.

Lubberink, R., Blok, V., van Ophem, J., Omta, O. (2017). Lessons for Responsible Innovation in the Business Context: A Systematic Literature Review of Responsible, Social and Sustainable Innovation Practices. Sustainability 2017, Vol. 9, doi: 10.3390/su9050721.

Manohar, S.S., Pandit, S.R. (2014). Core values and beliefs: A study of leading innovative organizations. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 125, 667–680.

Owen, R., Bessant, J., Heintz, M. (Eds.) (2013). Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society. Wiley, London, pp. 51–74.

Pedersen, E.R.G., Gwozdz, W., Hvass, K.K. (2018). Exploring the Relationship Between Business Model Innovation, Corporate Sustainability, and Organisational Values within the Fashion Industry. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 149, No. 2, 267–284.

Stilgoe, J., Owen, R., Macnaghten, P. (2013). Developing a framework for responsible innovation. Research Policy, Vol. 42, 1568–1580.

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