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The interrelation between design and innovation - the role of different professional backgrounds

Journal article
Authors Bettina Minder
Astrid Heidemann Lassen
Published in The Design Journal
Volume forthcoming
ISSN 1460-6925
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Language en
Subject categories Economics and Business, Technology and social change


Design and innovation share the interest in creativity and development of novel solutions. However, literature does also provides sufficient material pointing to divergent views on the interrelation between two fields, where the focus lies on the distinction between two opposing discourses: one focusing on human-centeredness processes, the other favouring more linear process models (innovation management). Hence, design is increasingly often considered in innovation management because (not despite) the conflicts from different world-views (Brown, 2008, Boland and Collopy, 2004). Conceptual clarity becomes however more and more important, because the inclusion of design perspectives happen in situation, which require conscious shaping of innovation environment to harness complexity (Garud and Karnoe, 2013). This paper addresses the question of how the two concepts are understood and interrelated by both fields (innovation and design). The paper is based on empirical material from expert interviews from the design and management.

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