Design as an element of innovation: Evaluating design in technology-based firms

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Abstract

Design is increasingly gaining recognition as a fruitful means to improve business performance. Technology-based firms are an important source of innovation, and therefore it is important to develop a means to study the relationship between technology-based firms’ emphasis on design as an element of innovation and their performance. This article develops a model for evaluating technology-based firms’ design emphasis. The model is based on a synthesis approach to studying innovation in both services and manufacturing and a three-dimensional definition of design.

The application of the model is demonstrated using a set of new technology-based firms. The empirical study confirms the appropriateness of using the synthesis approach for studying design as an element of innovation in technology-based firms. The application of the model provides a classification which can be used as a basis for studying the relationship between design emphasis and performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-374
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation Management
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

Keywords

  • innovation
  • design
  • technology-based firms
  • performance

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