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Understanding the drivers of innovation in an organization: a literature review

Mugdha Vinod Dani ( Symbiosis International University , Pune, India)
Aradhana Vikas Gandhi ( Symbiosis Institute of Business Management and Symbiosis Centre for Behavioral Studies , Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 18 August 2021




Innovation is an engine that drives the organization and allows it to outcompete in the economic environment. This paper aims to analyze scientific publications between 1980 and January 2021 concerning innovation indicators at organizational and individual levels. The study identifies 11 unique indicators to evaluate innovation, thus enhancing existing knowledge in the domain.


A total of 175 randomly selected journal articles were systematically analyzed.


While innovation has received significant attention in the commercial sector, the focus on the construct in academic research has remained relatively narrow. The analysis offers a comprehensive view of innovation drivers at an organizational and individual level.

Research limitations/implications

The literature review offers a deeper understanding of the indicators of innovation impacting organizational performance.


The analysis and methodology discussed aim to assist managers, researchers and policymakers in comprehending the various innovation indicators; such understanding may enhance individual and organizational efficiency.



Dani, M.V. and Gandhi, A.V. (2021), "Understanding the drivers of innovation in an organization: a literature review", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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