THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INNOVATION METRICS: A CASE STUDY

DS 80-8 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 8: Innovation and Creativity, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15

Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco CantaMESsa, Dorian Marjanovic, Francesca Montagna
Author: Benaim, Andre; Elfsberg, Jenny; Larsson, Tobias C.; Larsson, Andreas
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden; 2: Lund University, Sweden; 3: Volvo Construction Equipment
Section: Innovation and Creativity
Page(s): 213-224
ISBN: 978-1-904670-71-1
ISSN: 2220-4334

Abstract

The paper explores the implementation process of an innovation measuring system prototype to support a heavy machinery multinational company to secure their innovative capability. In general,companies recognize the importance of becoming innovative to become, or remain, competitive on a global market. The case company decided to pilot a metric system that corresponds to the crucial factors to secure innovative capability and work with the stepwise improvement based on the assessment results. The methods are based on design-research approach and participatory action research. Interviews, surveys and observation were used, as well as, workshops were conducted to develop and follow up the implementation innovation measuring system.
The findings explore topics and open questions related to metric selection, purpose and use of the selected indicators, as well as challenges related to the implementation of the metric system. Some of the conclusions question the viability of measuring project teams, as well as, it suggests the need for further research to clarify whether team metrics need to be develop in parallel to organizational ones.

Keywords: Innovation, Evaluation, Teamwork

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