Perspectives on Innovation: The Role of Engineering Design

Ola Isaksson, Claudia Eckert, Olivia Borgue, Sophie I Hallstedt, Andreas Makoto Hein, Killian Gericke, Massimo Panarotto, Yoram Reich, Anna B Öhrwall Rönnbäck
2019 Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design  
AbstractThe aim of the paper is to foster a discussion in the engineering design community about its understanding of the innovation phenomena and the unique contribution that comes from engineering design. The paper reports on the dialouge originating from a series of workshops with participants from different backgrounds in engineering design, systems engineering, industrial design psychology and business.Definitions of innovation are revisited as used in business, management and engineering
more » ... esign contexts. The role of innovation is then discussed related to product development from (i) the management perspective, (ii) a systems architecture perspective and (iii) in relation to sustainable development as one driver of innovation.It is argued that engineering design has a central role in how to realise the novelty aspect of innovation and often plays a critical role in maturing these into the valuable products, and there is a need to articulate the role of engineering design in innovation to better resonate with the business and management research.
doi:10.1017/dsi.2019.129 fatcat:u2ffulu7cbb45mv2hbbstdxavm