Postgraduate: Advanced Design. Innovation and Transdisciplinarity in AD

Posted by komninos at 12 October 2015 in Ανακοινώσεις Προπτυχιακών & Μεταπτυχιακού

Advanced DesignThe following three courses offer an introduction to innovation theory and practice.  The first outlines the landscape of innovation; the second the systemic understanding of innovation; and the third focuses on innovation and new product development methods.

Each course consists of three parts: (1) a lecture, (2) participants comments / views on topics from a given literature, and (3) a discussion / debate on a given topic. Before each course, students should consult the corresponding literature  and have prepared their interventions.

20 October
The landscape of innovation: Concept, theories, and metrics
The aim of this introductory discussion is to present the landscape of innovation as generation and implementation of new knowledge. We focus on the concept, types of innovation, milestones in the evolution of theoretical thinking, and key innovation models. We will discuss also how to measure innovation; which simple and composite indicators are used; and the influence of metrics on the understanding of innovation.

LECTURE: Innovation. Concept, theories, metrics
Innovation: Concept, theories, metrics
STUDENT INTERVENTIONS: Each participant selects and comments (5 minutes) on a subject from
1.1. OECD (2006) Oslo Manual. OECD Publishing. Only: Chap 2 (pp. 27-43). Chap 3 (45-61). Chap 5 (75-88). Chap 7 (105-114).
Download: OECD (2006) Oslo Manual.
1.2. European Commission (2015). Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015. Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Download: Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015
DEBATE: Is innovation performance of Greece low? Why?

27 October
The rationality of the irrational: Innovation systems. Building blocks, typology, and management
Innovation systems approach is currently the dominant understanding of how innovation is produced. Starting from an explanation – why this happens – we will discuss their building blocks, and various ways that systems are set, from small-scale systems based on spatial proximity, to larger-scale institutional systems, and global cyber-physical systems. This systemic perspective will allow also defining the management and planning of innovation systems, and the need to sustain systems of innovation without demolishing their internal functionality and dynamics.

LECTURE: Innovation systems. Building blocks, typology, and management
Innovation systems. BB, typology and design
STUDENT INTERVENTIONS: Each participant selects and comments (5 minutes) on a subject from:
2.1. Radjou, N. (2004). Innovation Networks. Forester Research.
Download: Radjou, N. (2004). Innovation Networks. Forester Research.
2.2. Komninos, N., and Tsamis, A. (2007). The System of Innovation in Greece: Structural asymmetries and policy failure. IJIRD, 1 (1-23).
Download: Komninos, N, and Tsamis, A. (2007). The System of Innovation in Greece Structural asymmetries and policy failure
2.3. Doloreux, D. and Parto, S. (2005). Regional innovation systems: current discourse and unresolved issues. Technology in Society, 27 (133-153).
Download: Doloreux, D. and Parto, S. (2005). Regional innovation systems current discourse and unresolved issues
2.4.Seo J.K. (2009). Balanced national development strategies: The construction of innovation cities in Korea. Land Use Policy, 26 (649-661).
Download: Seo J.K. (2009). Balanced national development strategies The construction of innovation cities in Korea
DEBATE: Can you launch your own innovation initiative?

24 November
The request for the objective best: Innovation practice, method, and techniques
Can innovation be foreseen or planned? A series of methods try resolving the conceptual contradiction of innovation vs. prediction, such as strategic planning for innovation, new product development and stage-gate methodologies, innovation portfolio management, digital assistants and user-driven innovation.

LECTURE: Managing the unknown: Innovation practice, method, and techniques
NPD. Design from a system-driven perspective
STUDENT INTERVENTIONS: Each participant selects and comments (5 minutes) on a subject from:
3.1. Edgett, S. (2015). Idea-to-Launch (Stage-Gate) model: An overview.
Download: http://www.stage-gate.net/downloads/wp/wp_10.pdf
3.2. Komninos, I., Milossis, D., and Komninos, N. (2006). Product Life Cycle Management: A Guide to New Product Development. Report to the European Commission, Interreg 3C.
Download: Komninos, I., Milossis, D., and Komninos, N. (2006). Product Life Cycle Management A Guide to New Product Development.
DEBATE: Designing a new product. Method or intuition? Individual or crowdsourcing?

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