Locating disruptive innovation activities and processes in knowledge-intensive industries

  • Anita Nusselt

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This thesis examines how the organisation of technology intelligence processes influences the identification of disruptive technological innovations. It poses the question, ‘Are process-oriented or unstructured procedures and activities within a technology management department in leading global manufacturing companies useful for identifying disruptive innovations?’ This research addresses this question and examines the emerging role of identifying disruptive technological innovations in the context of industrial technology management. Hence, this study analyses the processes and activities in the technology intelligence process in 20 multinational companies in the automotive, fast-moving consumer goods, aerospace, and energy and electronics industries to identify disruptive innovations. It investigates the differences between these industries and organisations as well as the management of processes and activities in a technology management department within an organisation to identify disruptive innovations. It demonstrates that the organisation of a technology intelligence process influences a technology management department and how this can be crucial in identifying disruptive technological innovations in knowledge-intensive industries.
Date of AwardJul 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton
SupervisorAndrew Grantham (Supervisor), Kevin Turner (Supervisor) & Aline Figlioli (Supervisor)

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