Innovation Studies in Higher Education Research

  • Liudvika LeišytėEmail author
Living reference work entry



Innovation studies focus on the exploration of the introduction of new or improved products, new production techniques, and new organizational structures and processes in organizations.



Innovation literature differentiates between product, process innovation, technical and nontechnical as well as incremental and radical innovations. Incremental innovation emphasizes cost or feature improvements in existing products or services, while radical innovation concerns the development of new businesses or product lines based on new ideas or technologies or substantial cost reductions that transform the economics of a business (Leifer et al. 2010, p. 5). As innovation studies encompass a broad literature which focuses on types, forms, channels, processes, governance, management, as...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jussi Valimaa
    • 1
  • Terhi Nokkala
    • 2
  1. 1.Higher education studies team (HIEST)University ofJyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Finnish Institute for Educational ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskylän yliopistoFinland