Developing a framework based on past innovation mechanisms

Examensarbete för masterexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Developing a framework based on past innovation mechanisms
Authors: Jonsson, Kasper
Olsson, Martin
Abstract: Abstract This thesis aims to improve innovation rates at Mycronic AB, a company which has seen a decrease in their innovation rates over the last several years, compared to past development efforts. The thesis therefore investigates innovations mechanisms from past innovative projects, with the intent of reusing this knowledge, in the form of a visual framework. The thesis also studies past projects through a knowledge management (KM) perspective to understand if potential barriers towards reusing these innovation mechanisms could explain the decrease in innovation rate seen today.Abstract A literature study was performed to deepen the understanding of the field of knowledge management, and technology management, and especially what is important for innovation in a company. This knowledge would then serve as a foundation for a case study, which was used to investigate innovation mechanisms and barriers from past projects. Based on the result of the case study a visual framework could be created. This framework presents the identified innovation mechanisms, both positive and negative, alongside the innovation process which was identified for these projects. The framework could be used to support activities aimed at innovation or used to encourage innovation in general. The framework could also be used to establish R&D activities with the goal of increasing innovation. By implementing the framework into the organization, it could be possible to encourage a sustained innovative culture in the long term.Abstract The identified barriers could, in part, explain why the company has been unable to reuse the knowledge from these past projects. The identified barriers can serve as a starting point for continued work with KM. Overcoming these barriers could over time improve innovation.
Keywords: Produktion;Innovation och entreprenörskap (nyttiggörande);Maskinteknik;Production;Innovation & Entrepreneurship;Mechanical Engineering
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för industri- och materialvetenskap
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Industrial and Materials Science
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses (IMS)

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