Policies for design and policies for innovation: contrasting perspectives and remaining challenges

Hobday, Mike, Boddington, Anne and Grantham, Andrew (2012) Policies for design and policies for innovation: contrasting perspectives and remaining challenges Technovation, 32 (5). pp. 272-281. ISSN 0166-4972

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Abstract

Innovation policy makers and analysts have traditionally paid little attention to design policy. Design has either been absent or a poor ‘second cousin’ within the broader field of innovation policy which tends to privilege research and development (R&D). However, in many countries, improving the contribution of design to innovation, business performance and national economic growth is becoming a key policy aim of government. This paper examines design within the wider context of innovation policy and, in turn, examines policy making from a modern design perspective. Design policies tend to reflect first or second generation models of innovation, rather than systems or network based (‘fifth generation’ models). However, modern ‘design thinking’ can be used to help identify problems with the current paradigm of policy making in both design and innovation fields and to suggest alternative approaches which might be useful for both design and innovation policy.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:This work has been supported by investment from the University of Brighton’s “Research Challenge” initiative designed to stimulate new and emerging fields of research.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Design policy; Innovation policy; Design thinking; CENTRIM
Subjects:W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
W000 Creative Arts and Design
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1016/j.technovation.2011.12.002
Faculties:Faculty of Arts
Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
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ID Code:9426
Deposited By:editor centrim
Deposited On:08 Nov 2011 18:13
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