Design Entrepreneurship in Innovation

Aftab, Mersha, English, Stuart, Lievesley, Matthew, Antonio De Filho, Marcos, Agustine Rusli, Helen, Smith, Penelope and Hunt, Pete (2016) Design Entrepreneurship in Innovation. In: 20th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference Inflection Point: Design Research Meets Design Practice Boston, 28th - 29th July 2016, Boston, MA.

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The paper demonstrates the need for an entrepreneurial attitude and competence in designers of today in order to ensure innovation. The paper considers evidence from four design innovation case studies to explore the relationship between design capabilities and the wider conditions necessary for innovation. All four case studies have been conducted in collaboration with commercial organisations seeking innovation, and designers and academics based in a university in the United Kingdom.

First, a review of design’s capabilities is presented from the literature. Second, evidence from each case study is mapped to the UK Design Council’s popular model of design process: the double diamond. This allows findings across the four cases to be compared and discussed, considering how design’s capabilities contribute to the conditions necessary to transform design effort into innovation. Third, the role of design within the ‘define’ stage of the double diamond is articulated. The initial findings state that the lack of connector-­ integrator capability in designers during the ‘define’ phase lead to weak interpretation of the problem space, and consequently contributed to design’s inability to convert ideas into real products in the ‘delivery’ phase.

The paper concludes that for design to effectively drive innovation it needs to secure entrepreneurial support i.e. with an appetite for risk/reward; in the early part of the design process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: cloud; enterprise; value of design; user experience
Subjects: N200 Management studies
W200 Design studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Mersha Aftab
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 13:19
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 07:17

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