Fail early, fail often: exploring stanford's ME310 course as a basis to improve innovation outpost efficacy
Paper in proceedings, 2018

In this case study, we compare knowledge transfer between innovation teams in two contexts: an industry-sponsored graduate student capstone course to their corporate sponsors, and innovation outposts (IOs) to their parent companies. Through interviews with different stakeholders, we identified best practices for and challenges to innovation transfer, with personal relationships and tangible communication of ideas through prototypes being key to success. We call for more longitudinal studies to explore both the soft and hard benefits of innovation outposts.


design education

knowledge transfer

knowledge management

innovation outpost


Daniel Stenholm

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Dylan Moore

Stanford University

Larry Leifer

Stanford University

Dag Henrik Bergsjö

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

DS92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference

1847-9073 (ISSN)


15th International Design Conference
Dubrovnik, Croatia,

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