Learning to Innovate: MIT Sloan Management Review Focuses on Two Papers by WPI Professor

Erwin Danneels

The Spring 2008 issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review looks at two recent papers by Erwin Danneels, associate professor of management at WPI, in an article titled “Learning to Innovate.” In his articles, "Second-Order Competencies and Schumpeterian Rents" (working paper, November 2007) and “Organizational Antecedents of Second-Order Competencies” (Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 29, No. 5, May 2008), Danneels suggests that the ability to learn is an important skill for companies that want to transform technical innovation into new products and enter new markets.

Danneels’ research interests focus on the growth and renewal of corporations through product innovation, the characteristics of corporations with innovative new products, and the effects of innovative products on firm performance. His work is currently supported by a three-year National Science Foundation grant that is funding a large-scale study of product innovation and growth in public firms in the United States.

  • Read the MIT Sloan Management Review article.
  • Read more about Professor Danneels' research in this article in WPI’s magazine, Transformations.
  • Visit Professor Danneels' professional webpage.

April 17, 2008

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