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Developing Radical Service Innovations In Healthcare — The Role Of Design Methods

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    (University of Exeter Business School, Exeter EX4 4ST, United Kingdom)


    (National Health Service Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Warwick, United Kingdom)

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    This paper looks at the management of service innovation. In particular, it explores the challenge of public services and argues that there is a need for new approaches to the ways which engage users as more active co-creators within the innovation process. It draws on wider research on radical innovation being carried out as part of a long-term international programme and reports on a series of case studies of experiments in the health sector in the UK using tools like ethnography and prototyping to enable innovation.The paper argues that a potentially valuable toolkit can be found in the field of design methods. By their nature, design tools are used to help articulate needs and give them shape and form; as such they are critical to the "front end" of any innovation process. Methods like ethnography allow for deep insights into user needs, including those not clearly articulated whilst prototyping provides the possibility of creating a set of "boundary objects" around which design discussions which include users and their perspectives can be carried out.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 04 ()
    Pages: 555-568

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:13:y:2009:i:04:p:555-568
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