Innovation and the Promise of an International Standard: ISO 56000

Call for papers for: International Journal of Innovation Science

Guest editors:

Tojin Eapen (College of Business, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, University of Missouri, U.S.A.)

Rodrigo Lobo (Guttman Community College, City University of New York, U.S.A.)


Innovation Management Systems (IMS)

In November of 2020, the International Standards Organization (ISO) announced the formation of the working group, ISO 56001 (Innovation Management Standard). This announcement sets in motion the creation of a global auditable standard for the administration and management of Innovation within the broader ISO 56000 family of standards that focus on Innovation Management. Given that standards form the basis for the introduction of new technologies and innovations, they ensure that all aspects of production or processes across different companies will be mutually compatible. Essentially, a common set of terms and processes reduce friction between companies that are increasingly interconnected in an increasingly coordinated effort to innovate within and across companies and industries. This reduction in innovation friction is expected to do for innovation in the 2020’s and beyond what ISO 9001 did for quality starting in the late 80’s.  


Aim of the special issue

The aim of this issue is to highlight and capitalize on the growing international recognition, both academically and in industry, of the importance of an interoperable set of standards for innovation.  The growing field of innovation science calls for a global agreement on innovation (a standard) so that individuals, companies, countries and the global community can begin to experience the benefits of innovation outside of a few select organizations. Even if a company is successful in internal innovation the complexity of global business requires an innovative company to partner with other innovative companies. Without a standard for innovation management, partners in innovation may as well be speaking different languages. A key driver of global scientific breakthrough has been and remains the academic press, where research and ideas are presented relatively free of commercial pressures and in a universal language of math and science. The mRNA vaccine technology recognized as the key to breaking the COVID-19 pandemic is a good case in point. From this perspective, a significant barrier to innovation both in business and science is a lack of a lingua franca. This special issue will serve to highlight both broader issues relating to the role of standards in facilitating communication of innovation as well as specific applications of ISO 56000 series of standards in its role as a common language (framework) for innovation.


Submission details

Manuscripts (no longer than 7500 words including abstracts, tables, figures and references) should be prepared in accordance with the journal’s submission guidelines (see and submitted before September 30, 2021. It is anticipated that the special issue will be published in early 2022.


Important Dates

April 16th, 2021: Submission window open

September 30th, 2021: Manuscript submission deadline