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Update on academic publications

Our paper “Thematic Thinking and Individual Performance in Research and Development” will be published in the November issue of the reknown Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Froehlich, Julia K., Hoegl, Martin, & Weiss, Matthias. (2015). “Thematic Thinking and Individual Performance in Research and Development“. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 32, 939-953.


Our paper “Idea Selection in Suggestion Systems: A Thematic Similarity Perspective”  that has been accepted for publication at  R&D Management in June is now available as early view.


The literature on the fuzzy front-end of innovation, and in particular on suggestion systems, has focused mainly on organizational aspects and individual characteristics of submitters. We take a different approach and focus on the idea itself. To differentiate different ideas, we build on recent research in cognition that distinguishes two types of similarities: feature-based, taxonomic similarity, and context-based, thematic similarity. We operationalize the type of similarity in terms of idea character (‘thematicness’) and idea presentation (scenario and experiential proximity) with idea evaluation. Data were obtained from the suggestion system of the research and development department of a multinational manufacturer of consumer goods. We identify significant, positive relationships for all characteristics with idea evaluations. We discuss our findings in the context of bounded creativity approaches, derive theoretical and practical implications, and recommend avenues for future research.


Julia K. de Groote
Julia K. de Groote
conducts research on thematic thinking at the University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland) and is author of "Using Thematic Thinking to Achieve Business Success, Growth, and Innovation".

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