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Product and process novelty in small companies´design processes: A multiple case study
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för industriell ekonomi. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production. (Industriell ekonomi)
2009 (English)In: 10th International CINet Conference: Enhancing the innovation environment, Brisbane, Australia, 6-8 September 2009, 2009, p. 1-16Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study explores the design processes in small established companies and investigates how these design processes are executed. How two different kinds of novelty influence the design processes is further examined: the relative novelty of the product being developed and the relative novelty of design processes. The relative novelty of the product is high if it is a radically new product to develop. High relative novelty for design processes typically means no experience or knowledge about design processes. Based on an embedded multiple case study of three small established companies in Sweden, eight different design processes are described and analyzed. The results show that the design processes differ, even within the same company. The results also show that relative novelty affects the design process. If the relative novelty of both the product to be developed and of design processes is low, a linear, structured, and systematic design process was found to work. A design process that is cyclical, experimental, and knowledge-creating seems to work no matter the relative novelty.

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2009. p. 1-16
Keywords [en]
design process, small companies, novelty, new product development, innovation
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-5026DiVA, id: diva2:230728
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10th International CINet Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 6-8 September 2009
Available from: 2009-10-14 Created: 2009-08-12 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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