Research on Innovation Management / Innovation Centers

I am writing my thesis in the field of innovation management and innovation centers and I want to make sure that I do not miss any important aspects in my research - that´s why I would like to discuss some points here since I believe some of you are real experts on this topic.

Starting with my research it would be awesome to get some recommendations on some reading material. Who are inspiring personalities related to this subject and what sources should I definitely include into my research?
Can you recommend any interesting journals for that topic? I am also looking for outstanding examples of including innovation research in modern corporations - if you know an exciting example let me know about it.

I am thankful for any source of inspiration

Edit: I innitially posted this request on the Off topic board, but I think it might get more attention here, please let me know when you think it should be moved, since the topic is not directly design related.