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Design-driven innovation: exploring enablers and barriers
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production. Högskolan i Jönköping.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8305-4412
2019 (English)In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107, Vol. 31, no 5, p. 721-743Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This study aims to explore the enablers and barriers to design-driven innovation, defined as the innovation of product meanings, in the product-development process. Previous research provides some insights into what enables and hinders design-driven innovation; however a detailed understanding of these factors is missing. Design/methodology/approach – A long-term case study was conducted at a furniture company between 2009 and 2016. Interviews were conducted with respondents within the company, as well as with partners such as retailers and designers. Findings – This paper presents an overview of the identified enablers and barriers. The results demonstrate that enablers and barriers occur in all phases of the product-development process. Second, the connections between enablers and barriers are presented. These are found both within and across different phases, and extend beyond the company’s influence. Research limitations/implications – This study demonstrates how the innovation of product meanings is influenced throughout all phases of the product-development process. Therefore, there is a need to go beyond the mere identification of enablers and barriers. More is gained from generating a thorough understanding of the causes and connections of these factors, including the changes over time. Practical implications – This study demonstrates the need for companies to be able to map what enables and hinders design-driven innovation in their product-development process, where a distinction needs to be made between internal and external factors, to enhance value creation. Originality/value – This study presents a rare long-term case study on design-driven innovation. This study provides new knowledge on the enablers and barriers a company faces while adapting its productdevelopment process to accommodate design-driven innovation.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited , 2019. Vol. 31, no 5, p. 721-743
Keywords [en]
Design-driven innovation, Product-development process, Product meanings, Furniture company, Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics, Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31735DOI: 10.1108/EBR-07-2018-0122OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-31735DiVA, id: diva2:1394140
Available from: 2020-02-18 Created: 2020-02-18 Last updated: 2020-03-18Bibliographically approved

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