Teaming up for mutual learning: A case study of merging innovation aproaches of a medium-sized company

Søren Bolvig Poulsen, Tanja Aabo Pedersen, Nis Ovesen

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Abstract

The focus of this paper is two-folded within the theme of collaboration between education and industry. Firstly it unfolds how learning for design-engineer students can be established and facilitated in a dynamic setting with industrial partners and secondly how industrial partners can benefit from student collaboration. The paper is based on research activities carried out in the context of a 3rd semester project at the Industrial Design Msc. program at The School of Architecture, Design & Planning at Aalborg University. Here, the teaching style is Problem Based Learning (PBL). In PBL, student’s focuses on a complex problem that does not have a single correct answer – in this case the addressed problem was concerned with the innovation approach of a medium-sized company. Traditionally innovation projects and strategic planning has emerged from top managers offices and has been based on i.a. technological an economic factors. An alternative approach has emerged, which suggests that innovation is most successfully initiated by the research and design resources with-in a company. The two approaches are denoted as respectively Top-down and Bottom-up [5]. Practicing the Top-down approach was familiar and integrated within the company, while the student introduced the Bottom-up approach during the project - the initiatives, experiences and observations are reported in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education for Creativity and Business Innovation : The 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsAhmed Kovacevic, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Lyndon Buck, Peter Hogarth
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
PublisherDesign Society
Publication dateSep 2011
Pages585-590
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-33-9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
EventThe 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 20119 Sep 2011

Conference

ConferenceThe 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period08/09/201109/09/2011

Keywords

  • collaboration
  • industry
  • problem-based learning
  • bottom-up strategies

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