Establishing and Leveraging networks in design education innovation projects

Spencer, Nick, Walden, Roderick, Leong, Benny, Bailey, Mark and Aftab, Mersha (2014) Establishing and Leveraging networks in design education innovation projects. In: 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 4th - 5th September 2014, Enschede, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

Project networking is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from individuals, groups and organisations external to a project’s core team. The ability to establish and leverage networks is an increasingly important component of developing open innovation practices within many industries. This research examines the strategies and tactics employed by multidisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate students to finding, forming and utilising idea-­supporting networks. Three academic institutions, Northumbria University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and The University of Technology Sydney, brought together a multidisciplinary collection of students and academics to explore hand hygiene solutions in their respective domestic culture and a foreign culture. While each of the student teams aimed to produce design research that uncovered opportunities for social benefit and profit, the project concurrently sought to explore two research questions: 1) what approaches to establishing networks in innovation projects emerge during a globally connected educational programme and 2) what value is leveraged to support project development? This research builds on work about Open Innovation Networks focusing on idea development and reports findings about innovation enhancement and innovation suppression that emerged as a result of distributed digital design research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation, Networked Intelligence, Multidisciplinary, Project Networks
Subjects: W200 Design studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: Mersha Aftab
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 14:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 13:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21392

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