Idea selection in suggestion systems: a thematic similarity perspective

Fröhlich, Julia Katharina (2013). Idea selection in suggestion systems: a thematic similarity perspective (Unpublished). In: Academy of Management Conference (AOM). Orlando (USA). 09.-13.08.2013.

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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.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

de Groote, Julia Katharina


600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations




Nicole Oehrli

Date Deposited:

06 Jul 2018 14:59

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05 Dec 2022 15:11


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