A socio-internactive framework for the fuzzy front end

Frido E. Smulders, Egon van den Broek, Mascha C. van der Voort

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Abstract

This paper aims to illustrate that the dominating rational-analytic perspective on the Fuzzy Front End (FFE) of innovation could benefit by a complementary socio-interactive perspective that addresses the social processes during the FFE. We have developed a still fledgling socio-interactive framework blending existing knowledge of the FFE with theories from design methodology and the psycho-social sciences. For the framework constructs like the interplay of design problem and design solution, mental models and social processes are used and applied to the results of an empirical study for illustration. The paper ends by discussing the results and presenting a future research agenda including implications for management.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publication14th International Product Development Management Conference, 11-12 june 2007, Porto, Portugal
EditorsA. Fernandes, A. Teixeira, R. Natal Jorge
Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
PublisherEuropean Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)
Pages1439-1450
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2007
Event14th International Product Development Management Conference, IPDMC 2007 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 10 Jun 200712 Jun 2007
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameInternational Product Development Management Conference
PublisherEuropean Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)
ISSN (Print)1998-7374

Conference

Conference14th International Product Development Management Conference, IPDMC 2007
Abbreviated titleIPDMC
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period10/06/0712/06/07

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • HMI-HF: Human Factors
  • socio-interactive
  • Fuzzy Front End (FFE)
  • Mental models
  • Engineering
  • Management
  • EWI-21104
  • IR-58726
  • METIS-246412
  • Design

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Smulders, F. E., van den Broek, E., & van der Voort, M. C. (2007). A socio-internactive framework for the fuzzy front end. In A. Fernandes, A. Teixeira, & R. Natal Jorge (Eds.), 14th International Product Development Management Conference, 11-12 june 2007, Porto, Portugal (pp. 1439-1450). (International Product Development Management Conference). Brussels, Belgium: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).