In this paper, we examine the roles of innovation experts in organizations as part of a new and evolving field of knowledge. In our examination, we integrate two fields of study: The rise of new experts in organizations and the development of role identity. Our main goal is to map the epistemological processes these new experts go through coupled with their perceived identity, roles, and duties. Based on interviews with 33 innovation experts in profit and nonprofit organizations, we analyze the role expectations, the complexities associated with this role, and the unfolding identity processes. The analysis is based on three analytical lenses for understanding the identity processes of innovation experts in organizations: “becoming,” “doing,” and “relating.” Our findings are that identity work is needed to facilitate adaptation and reduce ambiguity in the work of innovation experts.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|
|Publisher||Emerald Group Holdings Ltd.|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - 2021|
|Name||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|
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© 2021 by Emerald Publishing Limited.
- Identity process
- Identity work
- Innovation experts
- Innovation management
- Role expectations