Managing ideation and concept integration in the product innovation work process for non-assembled products

Lager Thomas*, Chris Simms, Johan Frishammar

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Abstract

In an exploratory inquiry, involving informants in nineteen global manufacturing companies in six sectors of the process industries, ideation and concept integration during the predevelopment of non-assembled products was studied. New and previously deployed constructs and concepts related to innovation in a process-industrial context have initially been developed, refined, and empirically tested. The findings demonstrate the importance of an early integration of constructs and concepts for raw material innovation, innovation-related process technology, and product innovation, as a prerequisite for successful ideation of new or improved products in the process industries. Companies in different sectors of the process industries can implement and use the novel “integrated framework” for contextualization and conceptualization of new product ideas in their development or reconfiguration of an enhanced work process for non-assembled products.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Technology Management
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 14 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Process Industry
  • non-assembled products
  • product concept
  • process concept
  • ideation
  • Quality Function Deployment
  • contextualization
  • conceptualization
  • product development

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