The concept design-driven innovation focuses on innovating product meanings. It has been studied from a variety of perspectives and contexts since the early 2000s. However, a complete overview of the literature published in this area is currently missing. The purpose of this study is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how design-driven innovation contributes to value creation in product development.
In this systematic literature review, 57 papers and book chapters that cover design-driven innovation were identified and analyzed. An iterative coding process was followed to derive five facets of design-driven innovation that contribute to value creation.
Design-driven innovation creates value by focusing on the intangible values of products. The following five facets of design-driven innovation that contribute to value creation were identified: development of new product meanings, knowledge generation, actors and collaborations, capabilities and process. These facets and their interrelations are presented in a theoretical framework.
The main practical implication of this study is that it is now clear that the five facets of design-driven innovation are interrelated and reinforce each other. Therefore, companies need to approach design-driven innovation from a holistic perspective.
This paper contributes to theory by presenting the theoretical framework that provides an overview of available knowledge and that creates a context for future research.
De Goey, H., Hilletofth, P. and Eriksson, L. (2019), "Design-driven innovation: a systematic literature review", European Business Review, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 92-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBR-09-2017-0160Download as .RIS
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