Designers initiating open innovation with multi-stakeholder through co-reflection sessions

O. Tomico Plasencia, Y. Lu, S.E. Baha, P. Lehto, T. Hivikoski

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    This paper explores a designerly approach to open innovation initiation as start of the PhD research of the third author. More specifically, it presents the application of co-reflection sessions by designers in a healthcare open innovation project to initiate multi-stakeholder participation. Integrating co-reflection in open innovation initiation provides designers with the opportunity to a) negotiate with and function in multi-disciplinary environments consisting of stakeholder representatives and stakeholder customers (possible end-users); b) analyze complexity and structure of stakeholder ambitions, wishes, concerns and restrictions in order to frame a collaboration space; c) synthesize, visualize and materialize the value proposition to communicate the benefits to multi-stakeholder networks in order to define a design space and motivate their participation; and what is more important, keeping the balance between design thinking and design action. Lessons learned from this study a) can be used to provide a set of skills and practical guidance to designers when initiating open innovation b) define a spectrum for research on how designers can initiate innovation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIASDR2011, The 4th World Conference on Design Research
    EditorsN.F.M. Roozenburg, L. Chen, P.J. Stappers
    Place of PublicationDelft
    PublisherTechnische Universiteit Delft
    ISBN (Print)978-94-6190-719-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event2011 IASDR International Design Research Conference - Delft, Netherlands
    Duration: 31 Oct 20114 Nov 2011


    Conference2011 IASDR International Design Research Conference
    Abbreviated titleIASDR 2011
    Other"Diversity and unity"
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