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The theoretical framework of enterprise digital innovation: insights from a qualitative meta-analysis

Qin Lin (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 28 February 2023

Issue publication date: 17 July 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to excavate the external and internal driving factors of enterprise digital innovation and further condense the function mechanisms and response actions of the innovation process as well as the final innovation outcomes to propose the theoretical framework of enterprise digital innovation with the logic thread of “innovation motivation–innovation process–innovation result”.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the digital background and integrating previous case studies on enterprise digital innovation, this study uses qualitative meta-analysis to explore the motivations of enterprise digital innovation, the function mechanisms and response actions of innovation process as well as the innovation outcomes.

Findings

This study finds that digitally transformed enterprises driven by external environmental factors and internal organizational factors follow the logic of adaptive and open innovation, and finally accomplish the digital innovation results of products, services, processes, business models, technology and social responsibility through the response actions of adaptation and interaction mechanisms.

Originality/value

In the digital economy era, digital innovation has become the key strategic choice for enterprise transformation, upgrading and innovation. Why and how enterprises realize digital innovation with the help of emerging digital technology remain to be explored. This study has important theoretical significance and practical value for the digital innovation and transformation of enterprises under the digital background.

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Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Research Program of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (No. 2022RC084).

Citation

Lin, Q. (2024), "The theoretical framework of enterprise digital innovation: insights from a qualitative meta-analysis", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 27 No. 6, pp. 2149-2172. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-09-2022-0496

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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