Designing an Innovation Engine Model and a Software Tool to Meet Large Organizations Challenges with SMEs Capabilities, a Pilot Study

Amini, A. (2015) Designing an Innovation Engine Model and a Software Tool to Meet Large Organizations Challenges with SMEs Capabilities, a Pilot Study. Designing an Innovation Engine Model and a Software Tool to Meet Large Organizations Challenges with SMEs Capabilities, a Pilot Study, 195 (7). pp. 251-257.

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Abstract

Innovation models and innovation software tools are mechanisms designed to support innovation and collaboration activities.
However, innovation models tend to be limited to close innovation or their implementation is not cost-effective for SMEs, while
innovation software tools lack features for the collaboration of multiple organizations. Improved models and appropriate, well
designed, software tools could address large organizations' challenges with SMEs capabilities, better foster innovation activities
and encourage economic growth and jobs creation. This study piloted two 1.5-hour-workshops with 12 Enterprise Systems MSc
students to design an innovation model and a software tool with PICTIVE participatory design technique. In the first workshop
participants received a talk about innovation and were separated into three groups of four people. Each group was provided with
one of three scenarios: the design of a robot exploring Mars, the design of an adrenaline auto-injector for severe allergies or the
design of a new ambulance. Groups brainstormed ideas and created a diagram of the components that an innovation model
should include to provide an effective collaboration between organizations. In the second workshop, groups implemented their
model in an innovation software tool using participatory design. Two researchers observed the workshops and took notes of the
group presentations. Three main components comprised their innovation models: Large organizations, SMEs and other
institutions, and components for the management of the collaboration. Groups suggested to implement their model in a web site
portal with features that support the definition of the challenge, the involvement of different stakeholders, sections to capture
large organizations' needs and SMEs' capabilities, features to support the identification of the best partners, the best collaboration
agreement and the management of intellectual property. Results were very insightfu

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G200 Operational Research
G500 Information Systems
J900 Others in Technology
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology > Enterprise Systems
Depositing User: Ardavan Amini
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 13:59
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 13:59
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6716

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