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In the field of tension between creativity and efficiency: a systematic literature review of management control systems for innovation activities

Philipp Lill (Strascheg Institute for Innovation, Transformation & Entrepreneurship (Site), EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Wiesbaden, Germany)
Andreas Wald (School of Business and Law, Universitetet i Agder, Kristiansand, Norway)
Jan Christoph Munck (Strascheg Institute for Innovation, Transformation & Entrepreneurship (Site), EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Wiesbaden, Germany)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 1 April 2020

Issue publication date: 27 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The number of theoretical and empirical research on management control of innovation activities has significantly increased. Existing studies in this field are characterized by a wide dispersion and a multitude of different definitions. The purpose of this article is to provide a systematic review of the literature on management control of innovation activities and to synthesize the current body of knowledge.

Design/methodology/approach

Following a systematic review approach, this article reviews 79 articles on management control for innovation activities from 1959 to 2019 and inductively derives a multi-dimensional framework.

Findings

The review of existing studies advances the debate about the detrimental versus beneficial character of management control systems for innovation, showing that the repressing character of control is not inherent to control itself, but emanates from the design of the respective management control system.

Research limitations/implications

The multi-dimensional framework connects and combines existing research and thus synthesizes the current state of knowledge in this field. Additionally, the framework can guide practitioners to systematically assess context factors and consequences of their management control systems design, and it shows avenues for future research.

Originality/value

The scientific and practical value of this paper is the convergence of the current body of knowledge consisting of various definitions and conceptualizations and the identification of avenues for future research.

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Citation

Lill, P., Wald, A. and Munck, J.C. (2021), "In the field of tension between creativity and efficiency: a systematic literature review of management control systems for innovation activities", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 919-950. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-11-2019-0329

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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