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Portfolio Management Of Innovation Fields : Applying Ck Design Theory In Cross Industry Exploratory Partnership


  • Thomas Gillier

    () (ERPI - Equipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs - UL - Université de Lorraine, EDF - EDF, MINATEC IDEAs Laboratory - CEA - Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives)

  • Gérald Piat

    () (EDF - EDF)

  • Benoît Roussel

    () (ERPI - Equipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs - UL - Université de Lorraine)

  • Patrick Truchot

    (ERPI - Equipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs - UL - Université de Lorraine)


Our paper refers to an industrial practice based on an integrated theoretical framework of design, CK design theory (Hatchuel and Weil, 2002, Hatchuel and Weil, 2003, Hatchuel and Weil, 2008), to support people in management of innovation fields. This study is based on an empirical case in a new form of R&D partnerships, the Cross Industry Exploratory Partnerships. MINATEC IDEAs Laboratory® is composed of a broad scope of partners 2 which aims to co-explore opportunities of micronanotechnologies. The paper deals with a strategic design tool, OPERA, which has been experimented since 2007 and involved participation of design team work and powerholders. During two years, creative insights and projects of the two laboratory's major innovation fields have been collected and structured within CK theory. This tool permits power-holders to drive innovation projects by giving an overview of explored concepts (and still not explored), activation and production of competencies and knowledge.

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  • Thomas Gillier & Gérald Piat & Benoît Roussel & Patrick Truchot, 2009. "Portfolio Management Of Innovation Fields : Applying Ck Design Theory In Cross Industry Exploratory Partnership," Post-Print hal-00416790, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00416790
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    1. Christophe Midler & Philippe Silberzahn, 2008. "Creating Products in the Absence of Markets: A Robust Design Approach," Post-Print hal-00404187, HAL.
    2. Hagedoorn, John, 2002. "Inter-firm R&D partnerships: an overview of major trends and patterns since 1960," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 477-492, May.
    3. Shantanu Bhattacharya & V. Krishnan & Vijay Mahajan, 1998. "Managing New Product Definition in Highly Dynamic Environments," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 44(11-Part-2), pages 50-64, November.
    4. Sylvain Lenfle, 2008. "Exploration and Project Management," Post-Print hal-00404168, HAL.
    5. Segrestin, Blanche, 2005. "Partnering to explore: The Renault-Nissan Alliance as a forerunner of new cooperative patterns," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 657-672, June.
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    7. Akın Kazakçı & Thomas Gillier & Gérald Piat, 2008. "Investigating co-innovation in exploratory partnerships: An analytical framework based on design theory," Post-Print hal-00417247, HAL.
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    CK theory; innovative design; innovation partnership; OPERA; design theory; management of innovation; théorie C-K; conception innovante; partenariat d'exploration; co-exploration; pilotage de l'innovation;

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