Strategic Management of Innovation and Design

Cambridge University Press
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There is now widespread agreement that innovation holds the key to future economic and social prosperity in developed countries. Experts studying contemporary capitalism also agree that the battle against unemployment and relocations can only be won through innovation. But what kind of innovation is required and what is the best way to manage, steer and organize it? Grounded on experiences of innovative firms and based on recent design theories, this book argues that instead of relying on traditional R&D and project management techniques, the strategic management of innovation must be based on innovative design activities. It analyses and explains new management principles and techniques that deal with these activities, including innovation fields, lineages, C-K (Concept-Knowledge) diagrams and design spaces. The book is ideal for advanced courses in innovation management in industrial design schools, business schools, engineering schools, as well as managers looking to improve their practice.
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Pascal Le Masson is Professor of Design, Innovation and Management at Mines ParisTech. He is a professor of the Chair of Design Theory and Methods for Innovation and the head of the Engineering Design and Management Curricula. His work focuses on the management of innovative design capabilities. He is working with leading companies in innovation management (such as Renault, STmicroelectronics, Dassault Systèmes, Saab Aerospace, Schlumberger, Vallourec–Mannesmann and Areva), in partnerships with a number of leading universities, including Chalmers University of Technology, Aachen RWTH, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon and Tel Aviv University.

Benoit Weil is Professor of Design and Management at the Centre for Management Science (CGS) at École des Mines, Paris.

Armand Hatchuel is Professor of Industrial Design and Management and Deputy Director of the Centre for Management Science (CGS) at École des Mines, Paris.

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Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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Published on
Sep 9, 2010
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Pages
704
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ISBN
9781139915595
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Entrepreneurship
Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Strategic Planning
Technology & Engineering / Engineering (General)
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Innovation matters – being able to create value from ideas is crucial to survival and growth. But while any organization might get lucky once being able to repeat the trick requires learning and developing particular ways of working which enable the process. Over a hundred years of research and practical experience now provides a knowledge base from which we can draw to help develop such approaches.
But how do we move from prescription to implementation? And how does the innovation challenge play out over the lifetime of an organization? How does it renew its capability to innovate and do so against a background of dramatically changing markets, technologies and social trends?
This book draws on a detailed history of a large German company (HELLA ), now active in over 35 countries, employing 34,000 people. It didn't start out that way, it began as an entrepreneurial start-up in the late 19th century in the (then) uncertain early days of the car industry. It moved from selling whips and other buggy accessories for horse-drawn carriages to horns and lamps for the new-fangled motor cars beginning to appear on the roads of north-western Germany. The journey since then has been one of innovation – in products and processes, in entering new markets, in adding services to its products, and in changing its underlying business models. Survival for over a hundred years is not an accident – it has been built on learning how to innovate and on constantly challenging and updating those models.
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