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Towards innovation measurement in the software industry

Journal article
Authors Henry Edison
Nauman bin Ali
Richard Torkar
Published in Journal of Systems and Software
Volume 86
Issue 5
Pages 1390-1407
ISSN 0164-1212
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Pages 1390-1407
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2013.01.01...
https://gup.ub.gu.se/file/101717
Keywords Innovation; Measurement; Systematic literature review; Metrics; Empirical study
Subject categories Software Engineering

Abstract

In today's highly competitive business environments with shortened product and technology life cycle, it is critical for software industry to continuously innovate. This goal can be achieved by developing a better understanding and control of the activities and determinants of innovation. Innovation measurement initiatives assess innovation capability, output and performance to help develop such an understanding. This study explores various aspects relevant to innovation measurement ranging from definitions, measurement frameworks and metrics that have been proposed in literature and used in practice. A systematic literature review followed by an online questionnaire and interviews with practitioners and academics were employed to identify a comprehensive definition of innovation that can be used in software industry. The metrics for the evaluation of determinants, inputs, outputs and performance were also aggregated and categorised. Based on these findings, a conceptual model of the key measurable elements of innovation was constructed from the findings of the systematic review. The model was further refined after feedback from academia and industry through interviews.

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