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Opportunities for creativity in project work – importance of goals and problem solving
KTH, Superseded Departments, Machine Design.
2004 (English)In: Engineering Management Conference, 2004. Proceedings. 2004 IEEE International, 2004, 978-983 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper shows how the organizing of a PDproject was perceived by the project members and whateffects it had on creativity. The project had chosen atraditional way of efficient organizing, based on processes andmethods with carefully prepared plans, specifications andhigh levels of control. Surprising technical difficultiesoccurred within the project which pointed at the importanceof creativity also io later phases of PD development. Theresults reveal that the opportunities for creativity wereimpaired within the project due to lack of clarity in goals andlimitations in problem solying.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. 978-983 p.
Keyword [en]
oject work, creativity, problem solving
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5167DOI: 10.1109/IEMC.2004.1408837Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-17644412046ISBN: 0-7803-8519-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5167DiVA: diva2:7972
Conference
IEMC – 2004
Note
QC 20101001Available from: 2005-05-30 Created: 2005-05-30 Last updated: 2010-10-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Innovativeness in product development-Studies on industrial project work
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovativeness in product development-Studies on industrial project work
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

For many organizations, efficiency in product development is a question of accel¬erating project operations and being innovative in products and technical solutions, and this has interesting consequences for project work. This thesis aims to study technical development work in project groups in order to identify factors that support innovativeness.

In this thesis, innovativeness is defined as the ability of project groups to arrive at new ideas and solutions for technical problems, and their implementation. It is hoped that the studies in this thesis will contribute new knowledge in the product development research area, using complementary theories.

This thesis is based on four case studies of product development projects, representing different types of industry. The cases involve the development of new, complex industrial products and are reported in four appended papers. The research reported in this thesis has primarily, but not exclusively, adopted a qualitative approach.

The studies have shown that innovativeness is favored by project work characterized by lower levels of control, the continuous acquisition of knowledge and a sense of responsibility and interest in tasks, as well as a continuous formulation and definition of tasks and problems. In addition, project work characterized by commitment and interaction have also been found to be important for innovativeness.

Three factors supporting innovativeness are presented. Interactive product utilization in work is an alternative to detailed planning in solving coordination needs and maintaining a system view within a project. Interactive control mechanisms are important because product specifications often need to be defined as the project progresses. An interactive social environment supports technical problem solving by providing opportunities for spontaneous interaction between project members.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2005. 52 p.
Series
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2005:12
Keyword
Business studies, Innovativeness, creativity, project work, product development, Företagsekonomi
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-229 (URN)
Public defence
2005-06-03, Salongen, Biblioteket, Osquars backe 31, Stockholm, 10:00
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QC 20101001Available from: 2005-05-30 Created: 2005-05-30 Last updated: 2010-10-01Bibliographically approved

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