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Financial projections in innovation selection: the role of scenario presentation, expertise, and risk

Avagyan, Vardan, Camacho, Nuno, Van der Stede, Wim ORCID: 0000-0003-3005-2410 and Stremersch, Stefan (2021) Financial projections in innovation selection: the role of scenario presentation, expertise, and risk. International Journal of Research in Marketing. ISSN 0167-8116

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ijresmar.2021.10.009

Abstract

Innovation project selection is a decision of major relevance to firms. Errors in this decisionmay have serious consequences for firms, especially as many firms struggle with optimiz-ing innovation project selection decisions. In their pitches to innovation decision-makers,project teams invariably present financial projections on their innovation projects, whichoften include best- and worst-case scenario presentation. Despite the potential influencethe presentation of such financial projections has on firms’ innovation project selectiondecisions, this topic has not received sufficient attention in the literature. This study exam-ines the role of scenario presentation on financial projections in innovation project selec-tion by conducting two conjoint experiments among 2,425 managers and 11 follow-upinterviews with senior executives. First, the findings of this study suggest that firms shouldhelp project teams present small- rather than large-range scenarios. This is important for atleast the 57% of firms surveyed in this study where project teams are reported to present‘too wide’ and ‘too extreme’ scenarios. Second, firms seeking to promote transformationalinnovation in their innovation pipeline should make the presentation of small-range sce-narios required for an innovation proposal to be presented to a project selection commit-tee. This is relevant for 79% of surveyed firms that would like to select moretransformational than core innovation projects and especially for the half of which thatcurrently do not require scenario presentation. Third, project teams with less expertiseshould develop scenarios analytically rather than intuitively and convey the project’sstrategic merit to decision-makers to help increase innovation project selection likelihood

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Accounting
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 17:21
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2021 10:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/112474

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