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Innovation/Disruption as Part of the Engineering Design Process

Posted December 16, 2014 2:00 AM by wagman262
Pathfinder Tags: design disruption innovation product

The Engineering360 editors are interested in better understanding how innovation and disruption play roles in the product/project design cycle. As a start, I'd like to hear your thoughts on how conscious you and your design team are at arriving at solutions that are innovative and that might lead to disruption of existing technologies. We are planning a research project around this topic in the coming weeks, so your input now will help us prepare a survey instrument.

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Re: Innovation/Disruption as Part of the Engineering Design Process

12/17/2014 12:05 AM

I am at present working for a very established company in it's field that has got that way through exactly that innovation to present methodologies. That said the culture has changed in resent times pushed by the present day need for paper degree's over hard won experience on the job and the thousands of years of experience is over looked in favor of doing the same old same through a fear of being held accountable for the change (obviously if it goes to hell in a hand bag) I am sure they would stand chest out for any medal to be rewarded, but present corporate culture is to cover you A than push new boundaries.

I will be looking with interest at comments and results of any studies that you publish.

Good luck

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12/17/2014 9:24 AM

Thank you for your comment. We'll try to get at reasons to favor the status quo over advocating innovation. I would venture to say that engineering is no different from other professions where change/innovation is difficult to come by.

David

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12/18/2014 2:00 AM

I venture that it is a state of the society we live in. In todays world experience is down played by the youth who can gain accreditation and certification easier that the hard knocks. Maybe there is also a less tolerant attitude to the socially inept. A lot of innovative minds are not Neurotypical leaning more to the Autistic spectrum. Socially if you do not fit you do not count. I wonder Einstein how would have been excepted in todays society.

There are so many side street to you proposed study I wait with baited breath to see were it may lead you and the issues you find along the way.

Again good luck.

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12/18/2014 12:24 PM

Thank you for your reply! We'll make the survey available through the community when it's ready to go, and hope for widespread participation!

David

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