YABBA DABBA DOO: Boosting Multidisciplinary Innovation through Design-driven Approach.

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The current hype that design is central to various kinds of development projects tends to gloss over how demanding collaboration and new knowledge-building is in a multidisciplinary setting. Therefore more empirical studies are needed to investigate in detail projects where a design-driven approach has been used in innovation projects, to evaluate its impact and outcomes. This paper presents a case study on a project where a design-driven method is pushing multidisciplinary innovation. The study is based on participant observation. The data consists of field notes on project workshops, project participants’ feedback and interviews.
The findings show that the design-driven approach has enabled a different process flow: it has fostered traditional multidisciplinary knowledge-building towards a more uncertain path. The experimental way of working has caused inconvenience, but it also pushed forward participants’ ways of thinking and working and even created ‘co-design innovation spaces’. Furthermore the process has fostered participants even towards transdisciplinary knowledge-building.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNext Wave, 21st DMI: Academic Design Management Conference
Subtitle of host publication1-2 August 2018. Ravensbourne University, London, UK
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherDesign Management Institute
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventDMI: Academic Design Management Conference - Ravensbourne University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Aug 20182 Aug 2018
Conference number: 21

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2640-4702


ConferenceDMI: Academic Design Management Conference
Abbreviated titleADMC
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Design-driven
  • Innovation
  • Design thinking
  • Multidisciplinary


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