IJIMT 2018 Vol.9(3): 119-123 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2018.9.3.799

The Impact of Past Innovation Activities on the Future Innovation Success in the B-to-B Sector

Oliver Wiesener
Abstract— The innovation success of a firm is often measured by factors such as the number of patents or the turnover of new products developed in the last three years. Those measurements share the principle to rate the innovation success of a firm by its past performances. They show whether a firm has done a good job in an innovation context. This leads to the question, if that kind of rating is also valid to rate the future innovation success of a firm. Some authors mention beneath past-orientated innovation factors also measurements to anticipate the future innovation success. Additionally, past innovation activities may have an effect on the future innovation success. Accordingly, this article addresses the impact of past innovation factors on the future innovation success based on a quantitative survey within the B-to-B sector. The contribution of ex-post innovation factors will be tested with regard to their contribution to the future innovation success. If there is a link between past innovation activities and the future innovation success, this could be used to develop the innovation strategy of a firm, for instance.

Index Terms— Innovation success, innovation performance, innovation competence, success factors.

Oliver Wiesener is with Stuttgart Media University, Stuttgart, 70569 Germany (e-mail: wiesener@hdm-stuttgart.de).

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Cite: Oliver Wiesener, " The Impact of Past Innovation Activities on the Future Innovation Success in the B-to-B Sector," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 119-123, 2018.

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