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IKON Research Unit

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Developing the social science of innovation

IKON is a research network based at Warwick Business School which carries out funded research projects in the fields of innovation, information technology and organization studies. IKON members help to develop the social science of innovation by applying theoretical perspectives from social and organization theory to team-based empirical studies of the creation, translation and adoption of technological and organizational innovations.

Our focus on the social and processual nature of innovative activities spans a range of theoretical perspectives, and this is reflected in current projects. IKON research has been published in a wide variety of books and journals, including Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Management Learning, International Studies of Management and Organization and Research Policy.

The IKON network (Directors, Professor Jacky Swan and Professor Davide Nicolini) is centred on Warwick Business School in the UK, but IKON has links to a number of other individuals and institutions in the UK and internationally, including Professor Harry Scarbrough (Cass), Professor Maxine Robertson (Queen Mary University of London), Professor Mike Bresnen (Manchester) and Professor Sue Newell (University of Sussex).

IKON supporting policy and practice

IKON's work includes support for policy and practitioner groups through various forms of engagement, including:

  • the production of commissioned reports (including reports for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development on 'Evaluating Human Capital' and for the British Standards Institute on 'Knowledge Management in the Public Sector')
  • the development and management of the Knowledge and Innovation Network (KIN) whose membership comprises a number of leading organizations from private and public sectors including PwC, Severn Trent Water, Macmillan Cancer Support and Norton Rose Fulbright.

The IKON Newsletter

The IKON newsletter is a summary guide to the current research and dissemination activities within the IKON research centre and a copy of an earlier edition is available here. (PDF Document)


IKON Directors

Professor Jacky Swan
Professor Davide Nicolini


Maria L Garcia
Room 2.134
Warwick Business School
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

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