New tools for the early stages of eco-innovation:an evaluation of simplified TRIZ tools


Dekoninck, E., Harrison, D. and Stanton, N. A., 2007. New tools for the early stages of eco-innovation:an evaluation of simplified TRIZ tools. Journal of Design Research, 6 (1-2), pp. 122-141.

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Eco-innovation is a design approach for reducing the environmental impact of products, processes and services. It aims to decrease the environmental impact of products whilst maximising customer and business value. Integrating design-led environmental approaches at the earliest stages of product development is critical to their effectiveness. This paper reports on a controlled workshop experiment to test a structured method – TRIZ (the theory of inventive problem solving) – for enhancing eco-innovation, particularly in the early stages of team design. The quantitative and qualitative data suggest that TRIZ tools are not best suited to the team design activities at the earliest stages of innovation. The teams’ outputs did include interesting new technology developments. The information provided to designers in early-stage workshops plays a bigger role than expected in innovation. © 2007 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsDekoninck, E., Harrison, D. and Stanton, N. A.
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Uncontrolled Keywordscontrolled experiment,design information,early stages of innovation,early-stage workshops,eco-innovation,team design activities,team work,triz tools,computer graphics and computer-aided design,engineering (miscellaneous)
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
ID Code49465


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