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Requirements as a Means to Drive Innovation: A Reason-Based Perspective

[+] Author Affiliations
Lars Almefelt, Fredrik Andersson

Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden

Paper No. DETC2004-57227, pp. 89-98; 10 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3a: 16th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4696-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Requirements and their management is a focused issue in industrial product development, as well as in systematic design methodology presented in literature. Reflecting current industrial practice — typically involving a strong focus on efficiency issues such as the use of standard components, development lead-time, and productivity — there is a risk that the consideration of innovation and product value is suppressed. This paper presents possible factors that facilitate the creation of innovative products. These factors, condensed, form a basis for a reason-based method that confronts requirements and solutions with innovation and value issues. A possible application of the proposed method is demonstrated using an industrial product development case.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Innovation



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