Conditions for Innovation: Insights from a Multi-case Study


  • Magnus Wiktorsson School of Innovation, Design and Engineering Mälardalen University
  • Margareta Groth VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems.



multiple case study, interview, innovation process, innovation conditions


The paper is based on a multiple-case study of conditions for product-based innovations. Key actors from 18 cases were interviewed concerning the specific character of the innovation process, its parts and phases, with a focus on the realization phase. The cases are analyzed and discussed on the basis of an experience-based framework with seven specific components. In addition, the data are illustrated and discussed by more general themes of successful and unsuccessful innovation processes. It is concluded that the components of the used framework are necessary but individually not sufficient to maintain a continuous friction-free innovation process. The dynamics of the innovation processes are well illustrated by the framework.


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Author Biographies

Magnus Wiktorsson, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering Mälardalen University

Associate professor
Product and Process development
School of Innovation, Design and Engineering
Mälardalen University

Margareta Groth, VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems.

Head of Manufacturing and Materials Department
at VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. PhD in materials processing.


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How to Cite

Wiktorsson, M., & Groth, M. (2011). Conditions for Innovation: Insights from a Multi-case Study. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 6(2), 203–217.



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