Perspectives on innovation: The role of engineering design
Paper i proceeding, 2019

The aim of the paper is to foster a discussion in the engineering design community about its understanding of the innovation phenomena and the unique contribution that comes from engineering design. The paper reports on the dialouge originating from a series of workshops with participants from different backgrounds in engineering design, systems engineering, industrial design psychology and business. Definitions of innovation are revisited as used in business, management and engineering design contexts. The role of innovation is then discussed related to product development from (i) the management perspective, (ii) a systems architecture perspective and (iii) in relation to sustainable development as one driver of innovation. It is argued that engineering design has a central role in how to realise the novelty aspect of innovation and often plays a critical role in maturing these into the valuable products, and there is a need to articulate the role of engineering design in innovation to better resonate with the business and management research.

Design engineering

Design process


Design management


Ola Isaksson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling

C. M. Eckert

Open University

Olivia Borgue

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling

S.I. Hallstedt

Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, BTH

Andreas Makoto Hein

Université Paris-Saclay

Killian Gericke

Université du Luxembourg

Massimo Panarotto

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling

Yoram Reich

Tel Aviv University

Anna B. Öhrwall Rönnbäck

Luleå tekniska universitet

Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED

22204334 (ISSN) 22204342 (eISSN)

Vol. 2019-August 1235-1244

22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2019
Delft, Netherlands,




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