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BibTex format

author = {Criscuolo, P and Dahlander, L and Grohsjean, T and Salter, A},
doi = {10.5465/amj.2014.0861},
journal = {Academy of Management Journal},
pages = {433--460},
title = {Evaluating novelty: the role of panels in the selection of R&D projects},
url = {},
volume = {60},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Building on a unique, multi-source, and multi-method study of R&D projects in a leadingprofessional service firm, we develop the argument that organizations are more likely to fundprojects with intermediate levels of novelty. That is, some project novelty increases the share ofrequested funds received, but too much novelty is difficult to appreciate and is selected against.While prior research has considered the characteristics of the individuals generating projectideas, we shift the focus to panel selectors and explore how they shape the evaluation of novelty.We theorize that a high panel workload reduces panel preference for novelty in selection,whereas a diversity of panel expertise and a shared location between panel and applicant increasepreference for novelty. We explore the implications of these findings for theories of innovationsearch, organizational selection, and managerial practice.
AU - Criscuolo,P
AU - Dahlander,L
AU - Grohsjean,T
AU - Salter,A
DO - 10.5465/amj.2014.0861
EP - 460
PY - 2016///
SN - 1535-3990
SP - 433
TI - Evaluating novelty: the role of panels in the selection of R&D projects
T2 - Academy of Management Journal
UR -
UR -
VL - 60
ER -