Customer Inspired Innovation with Designer as Innovation Catalyst

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Conference Proceeding
The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Conference Proceedings, 2015
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This study explores the processes of introduction, implementation and integration of design-led innovation within a family owned company driven by engineering innovation in a sector dominated by product and process improvements. This paper is based on the outcomes of an investigation of a family manufacturing company in the METS sector over an 11-month period, where the researcher was embedded in the firm to deliver value to the company by using an action research approach. The design innovation catalyst used a design-led innovation process to capture customer insights that led to changes at the leadership, managerial and employee level of the organisation.
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