Innovation Management Research

The Mack Institute’s research begins with the premise that emerging technologies change paradigms: they upend the very structure of established firms. Traditional management principles don’t take into account the high levels of risk and uncertainty that result from disruptive innovation.

Innovation management is an intrinsically cross-industry field. Our activities are driven by four priorities that together define our academic domain.

Since 1994, the Mack Institute has provided over $3.6 million in funding toward more than 400 projects that advance our research priorities.

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Latest Research

Grow Faster by Changing Your Innovation Narrative

Published Research

Managers have no shortage of advice on how to achieve organic sales growth through innovation. Prescriptions range from emulating the best practices of innovative companies like Amazon, Starbucks, and 3M to adopting popular concepts such as design thinking, lean startup principles, innovation boot camps, and co-creation with customers. Read More

Responses to Rival Exit: Product Variety, Market Expansion, and Preexisting Market Structure

Published Research

This study investigates incumbent responses to a main rival’s exit. We argue that long‐time rivals have developed an equilibrium by offering a mix of overlapping and unique products and by choosing geographic proximity to each other. A rival’s exit, however, disrupts this equilibrium and motivates surviving firms to expand in both product and geographic spaces ...Read More

New Barriers to New Work? Evidence from Job Transitions in the Innovation Economy

Funded Research Proposal

The modern knowledge economy depends crucially on innovation, but adaptation to innovation has been linked to economic ills such as wage inequality, skill polarization, and geographic divergence. Between 2000 and 2016 alone, the U.S. shed approximately 6 million manufacturing jobs largely as a result of increasing pressure from automation and international trade. Read More