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Effectively Leveraging Design for Corporate Innovation

Travis J. Brown

A chapter in The Challenges of Corporate Entrepreneurship in the Disruptive Age, 2018, vol. 28, pp 141-162 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract This chapter focuses on practical considerations for organizations when endeavoring to invest in design, specifically how designers and their organizations should view their profession for the benefit of corporate innovation. Given the lack of consensus regarding what strategic design entails, the author interviewed strategic designers from across the United States to solicit their opinions on design thinking, strategic design, and design strategy, the relationship between those concepts, and how those concepts are, could be, and should be reflected in practice.The overarching purpose of this chapter is to explore the relatively nascent profession of strategic design, from which the author distinguishes design strategy, as well as to provide guidance regarding how design and designers should be viewed and supported by the leadership of their organizations in order to fully empower them to support innovation. In addition, this chapter serves to better define the concepts of design thinking, strategic design, and design strategy. While design as a discipline is broad, for the sake of consistency, the author discusses design in the context of technological development and, in turn, in terms of human-computer interaction.

Keywords: Design thinking; design strategy; strategic design; corporate innovation; affect; open interpretation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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