Hot potatoes and double diamond in a whiz: can techniques and processes really lead to innovation?

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Dowlen, C (2012). Hot potatoes and double diamond in a whiz: can techniques and processes really lead to innovation? International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium 06 - 07 Sep 2012 London South Bank University.
AuthorsDowlen, C
Abstract

The paper introduces a brief student project that was carried out with a large number of groups of students from engineering and design backgrounds. This was intended to provide the students with an experience of developing innovative ideas from the pre-idea position to the stage of putting forward concrete proposals for action. The paper relays the experience of running such a project and its benefits, but then asks the questions of how close it came to achieving its goal of getting students involved in an innovation process. Innovation would seem to require three conditions for it to exist. The first is a significantly different idea: the second is an environment that nurtures the idea and the third is the society that is prepared to take up and disseminate the embodied idea. The small six-week project aims to provide some techniques that make the achievement of these criteria more likely. It resulted in changed behaviour from some students but for significant innovation to take place a longer period needs to be used to develop and nurture it.

KeywordsInnovation; group projects; techniques
Year2012
PublisherLondon South Bank University
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CC BY 4.0
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Print06 Sep 2012
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Deposited22 Aug 2017
Accepted01 May 2012
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