Different scholars have varying understandings of the notion „innovation research“. Here is what I understand it to be:
A cross disciplinary science that focuses on the analysis of how the new comes into being. New can mean products, services, processes or combinations thereof. My particular interest in on integrated offerings of products and services, sometimes called product-service-systems (PSS).
Innovation research can focus on single or multiple actors and their role within innovation systems, such as firms in general, manufacturer / producer, market intermediaries (e.g., consultanices, brokers), consumer/ user and user communities, supplier, governmental and regulatory bodies, etc.
Studies can be performed on different levels, such as the individual inventor or user, within teams or projects, firms, but also across firms within one or multiple industries or countries. Hence, one might distinguish between innovation economics and innovation management.