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What happens to rejected ideas?: exploring the life of ideas following the completion of projects
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13): Design For Harmonies / [ed] U Lindemann; S Venkataraman; YS Kim; SW Lee; M Cantamessa; B Yannou, Design Research Society, 2013, Vol. 3, 229-238 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In an ongoing development project there is a risk that promising ideas are rejected due to time constraints. Given that ideas are the carriers of innovation, and that novel and radical ideas are, to a greater extent, exposed to rejections and resistance than more conservative, those ideas, previously rejected from projects, could be seen as a potential goldmine of innovations. The aim of this paper is to explore the ‘life’ of rejected ideas following the completion of design projects. An exploratory approach was chosen in order to gather information about companies’ ways of working with rejected ideas. Respondents from seven companies were interviewed, and two main routes for managing rejected ideas became apparent: codification and personalisation. All participating companies had some sort of codification approach, but this was always complemented by a personalisation approach, whether implicit or explicitly stated. This is important as an idea management system is unable to fully carry an idea forward as it lacks intent, insight, and argumentation. Furthermore, responsibility for rejected ideas and maturity of ideas both seem to affect the processing of rejected ideas

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Design Research Society, 2013. Vol. 3, 229-238 p.
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Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ISSN 2220-4334 ; 3
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-40691Local ID: fe9ef198-5d19-4a68-840c-fe681fbd79c8ISBN: 978-1-904670-46-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-40691DiVA: diva2:1014212
Conference
International Conference on Engineering Design : 19/08/2013 - 22/08/2013
Projects
PIEp - Product Innovation Engineering Programme
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Validerad; 2013; 20130507 (petert)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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