Design Theory

Methods and Organization for Innovation

  • Pascal Le Masson
  • Benoit Weil
  • Armand Hatchuel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pascal Le Masson, Benoit Weil, Armand Hatchuel
    Pages 1-17
  3. Pascal Le Masson, Benoit Weil, Armand Hatchuel
    Pages 19-60
  4. Pascal Le Masson, Benoit Weil, Armand Hatchuel
    Pages 125-185
  5. Pascal Le Masson, Benoit Weil, Armand Hatchuel
    Pages 187-334
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 337-388

About this book


This textbook presents the core of recent advances in design theory and its implications for design methods and design organization. Providing a unified perspective on different design methods and approaches, from the most classic (systematic design) to the most advanced (C-K theory), it offers a unique and integrated presentation of traditional and contemporary theories in the field.

Examining the principles of each theory, this guide utilizes numerous real life industrial applications, with clear links to engineering design, industrial design, management, economics, psychology and creativity. Containing a section of exams with detailed answers, it is useful for courses in design theory, engineering design and advanced innovation management.

"Students and professors, practitioners and researchers in diverse disciplines, interested in design, will find in this book a rich and vital source for studying fundamental design methods and tools as well as the most advanced design theories that work in practice".

Professor Yoram Reich, Tel Aviv University, Editor-in-Chief, Research In Engineering Design.

Twenty years of research in design theory and engineering have shown that training in creative design is indeed possible and offers remarkably operational methods - this book is indispensable for all leaders and practitioners who wish to strengthen theinnovation capacity of their company.

Pascal Daloz
Executive Vice President
Dassault Systèmes


C-K Theory Systematic Design Axiomatic Design Optimization Theory and Decision Theory Innovative Design Methods Rule-based Design System Engineering Industrial Design R&D Organization

Authors and affiliations

  • Pascal Le Masson
    • 1
  • Benoit Weil
    • 2
  • Armand Hatchuel
    • 3
  1. 1.MINES ParisTech—PSL Research UniversityParisFrance
  2. 2.MINES ParisTech—PSL Research UniversityParisFrance
  3. 3.MINES ParisTech—PSL Research UniversityParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50276-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50277-9
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