Perspectives on innovation: The role of engineering design

Ola Isaksson*, Claudia Eckert, Olivia Borgue, Sophie I. Hallstedt, Andreas Makoto Hein, Killian Gericke, Massimo Panarotto, Yoram Reich, Anna B. Öhrwall Rönnbäck

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1235-1244
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
StatePublished - 2019
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2019 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019


  • Design engineering
  • Design management
  • Design process
  • Innovation


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