Qualitative Research on Management Control for Innovation

Submissions open 1st January 2024


Innovation lies at the heart of organizational success in an ever-evolving business landscape. As businesses face increasing pressure to remain competitive and adapt to changing market dynamics, effective management controls play a pivotal role in fostering a culture of innovation as well as driving creative enterprises and innovation processes. This special issue aims to explore the diverse dimensions of management control used across different innovation contexts. We invite authors to submit papers that open up new areas around the design and use of management controls for innovation drawing on insights from both theory and practice. 

To promote a wider understanding, this special issue aims to incorporate papers from diverse perspectives and contexts. Theoretical contributions could be grounded in management, leadership, organizational behavior, marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, international business, information systems, knowledge management and human resource management theories, all of which have implications for the development and use of management controls for innovation. Additionally, innovation occurs in various contexts, from startups to multinational corporations, and across national boundaries and often between organizations from different industries. We also welcome papers that delve into the nuances of both the successful and unsuccessful use of management control for innovation.

List of topic areas 

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:  

  1. Innovative management control practices for fostering innovation  

  1. Organizational culture, leadership and empowerment for innovation practices 

  1. Digital technologies and management control for fostering innovation 

  1. Management controls used in product development projects 

  1. Performance measurement and management control for innovation 

  1. Management control and strategic management during the innovation process 

  1. Human resource management control, performance and culture in innovation settings 

  1. Management controls for promoting sustainability and social innovation initiatives 

  1. Open innovation and collaborative interorganizational management controls 

  1. The role of management control in organizational learning and knowledge management to support innovation.

As required by Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management and Emerald’s policy, all papers will undergo a double-blind review.

Submissions information

Submissions open: 1 January 2024

Submissions close: 1 December 2024

Publication in early 2026

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