Management of New Ideas during Early Design Phases of Innovative Products in the Surf Industry (P261)

  • Olivier Pialot
  • Jérémy Legardeur
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This paper focuses on the early design phases of innovative projects in the surf and sliding industry. More precisely, the questions of the innovation opportunities development and new ideas management are addressed here from a theoretical model and methodology perspectives and a software tool proposition for the information management during the early design phases. Our model is based on three dimensions (Potential Technology and Concept) and highlights the need of interactions between them regarding strategic and operational levels. Starting from the analysis of the three dimensions of our PTC model, different opportunities for the innovation are identified. Based on a case study of the design of a surf wetsuit, the paper presents the ID2 software tool (Innovation Development and Diffusion) dedicated to structure the preliminary exchanges among all stakeholders involved in the innovation process. This tool is mainly oriented towards the consolidation and the diffusion of new ideas in the early phases of innovative development.

Key words

Early design phases Innovation process PTC model C-K theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Pialot
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jérémy Legardeur
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.ESTIA ResearchBidartFrance
  2. 2.INPG Grenoble University - G-SCOPGrenobleFrance
  3. 3.IMS - Bordeaux 1 UniversityBordeauxFrance

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