Innovation Communities

Teamworking of Key Persons - A Success Factor in Radical Innovation

  • Klaus Fichter
  • Severin Beucker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Klaus Fichter, Severin Beucker
    Pages 57-226
  3. Klaus Fichter, Severin Beucker
    Pages 227-267
  4. Klaus Fichter, Severin Beucker
    Pages 269-326
  5. Klaus Fichter, Severin Beucker
    Pages 327-337

About this book


Self-organising networks have become the dominant innovators of complex technologies and radical innovation. The growing need for co-operation to ensure innovation success calls for a broader understanding of what makes innovation projects successful and requires new concepts. The book introduces the new concept of “innovation communities”, defining them as informal networks of like-minded individuals who act as innovation promotors or champions. These key figures come from various companies and organisations and will team up in a project-related fashion, jointly promoting a certain innovation, product or idea either on one or across different levels of an innovation system.

The publication presents findings from surveys that demonstrate that networks of champions are a success factor in radical innovation. Five case studies of noteworthy innovation projects illustrate why the collaboration of champions can make innovation projects more successful. Furthermore, the book presents hands-on methods and includes best-practice cases and guidelines on how to develop innovation communities.

This publication comprises empirical findings and practical experiences that are valuable for the following groups in particular: Entrepreneurs; Innovation, R&D, and network managers; Innovation and strategy consultants; Innovation and start-up intermediaries; Innovation researchers; Government officials and politicians responsible for R&D and innovation programmes and funding


Innovation communities Innovation management Networks of promotors and champions Open innovation Radical innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Fichter
    • 1
  • Severin Beucker
    • 2
  1. 1.BerlinGermany
  2. 2.SustainabilityBorderstep Institute for Innovation andBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-22127-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-22128-6
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