Project Managers Are the Best Candidates to Manage Innovation


  • Arturo Lavalle Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi
  • Oliviero Casale Tuv Intercert srl



Innovation Management, Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, Competences, Project Management


New technologies are changing our society bringing both great opportunities and enormous risks; therefore it is of paramount importance to understand how to cope with the ongoing digital transformation and how to manage the innovation it brings in all sectors and at all levels. The ability to innovate is a crucial factor for long-term corporate success. Everybody agrees on the importance to bring innovation within companies and organizations but there is little consensus on how to do it. Over the last years, a strong debate has raised on the identification of innovation manager’s tasks and duties and, above all, on the background and skills that this new professional profile should possess in order to effectively manage innovation. Very often, the innovation manager is seen as someone mostly resembling to a R&D or an IT Manager. Nevertheless, innovation is not only technology-led but encompasses a broader variety of aspects. This suggests that a different and more comprehensive background should be considered when codifying the innovation manager profile. This paper intends to identify this background by showing the strict correlation between project management and innovation management with the aim to emphasize why project management should represent the proper competency and experiential framework for innovation managers.

Author Biographies

Arturo Lavalle, Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi

Head of Research and Development Department at Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi and Head of  R&D Office at the interuniversity Consortium For.Com.. He is President of the Technical Scientific Committee of Assinrete, the Italian national association of enterprise networks professionals. He received his Master in Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Professional Qualification in "Project Cycle Management" at the CNR - (Italian National Research Council). He is senior project manager of national and international research projects and is actively involved in the definition and implementation of internationalization and business development strategies of his university. Over the last years, he has also been engaged in the identification and transfer of the new competencies required by digital transformation and Industry 4.0 phenomenon.

Oliviero Casale, Tuv Intercert srl

- Business Network Manager AICQ Certificate Sicev - AICTT Auditor Business and Territorial Technology Transfer- MOG Auditor 231 - Risk Manager - Professional Teacher- Workplace Safety Trainer - RSPP - Integrated Systems Quality Safety Environment - Zero Faults Objective System - ADR Manager Conciliamo Bologna - Facilitator




How to Cite

Lavalle, A., & Casale, O. (2020). Project Managers Are the Best Candidates to Manage Innovation. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 13(1), pp. 48–61.