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Advances in Software Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5126069, 25 pages
Review Article

Innovation Drivers and Outputs for Software Firms: Literature Review and Concept Development

1University of Skövde, P.O. Box 408, 541 28 Skövde, Sweden
2School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands

Received 1 September 2015; Revised 21 December 2015; Accepted 13 January 2016

Academic Editor: Luigi Lavazza

Copyright © 2016 Jeremy Rose and Brent Furneaux. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Software innovation, the ability to produce novel and useful software systems, is an important capability for software development organizations and information system developers alike. However, the software development literature has traditionally focused on automation and efficiency while the innovation literature has given relatively little consideration to the software development context. As a result, there is a gap in our understanding of how software product and process innovation can be managed. Specifically, little attention has been directed toward synthesizing prior learning or providing an integrative perspective on the key concepts and focus of software innovation research. We therefore identify 93 journal articles and conference papers within the domain of software innovation and analyse repeating patterns in this literature using content analysis and causal mapping. We identify drivers and outputs for software innovation and develop an integrated theory-oriented concept map. We then discuss the implications of this map for future research.