Most advanced yet acceptable, but don’t forget

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    Radical product and/or service innovation can ideally benefit all people and firms, and society as a whole, but pose risks in regards to technology-, industry chain-, market-, and project- uncertainty. In this paper we focus on addressing market uncertainty and argue that this uncertainty is affected by the meaningfulness of radical product and/or service innovations due to meaning gaps created during the innovation process. We investigate and suggest ways to bridge such gaps through theory inspired research using a design case study. Results show that in addition to introducing new meanings next to existing meanings, one should also select what meanings to dispose and which (lost) meanings to potentially re-introduce. With this work we hope to inspire design and innovation thinking on how to improve radical innovation adoption by addressing meaning gaps caused during the radical innovation process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Ninth NordDesign Conference, 22-24 Augustus 2012, Aalborg, Denmark
    EditorsP.K. Hansen, J. Rasmussen, K.A. Jørgensen, C. Tollestrup
    Place of PublicationAalborg
    PublisherAalborg University
    ISBN (Print)978-87-91831-51-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event9th Biannual NordDesign Conference, NordDesign 2012 - Aalborg, Denmark
    Duration: 22 Aug 201224 Aug 2012
    Conference number: 9


    Conference9th Biannual NordDesign Conference, NordDesign 2012
    Abbreviated titleNordDesign 2012
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    • Innovation adoption
    • Meaning
    • Radical product and/or service innovation
    • Sociocultural regime transformation


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