Sustaining a culture of innovation delivery in society. A practice-led study of the role of design thinking frameworks

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Wallace, Andrew
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Master of Design Enterprise
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Otago Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga, New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Date
2023
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Roodt, Henk
Mitchell, Richard
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Masters Thesis
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innovation
design
education
social practices
Interrelated Innovation Framework
knowledge transfer
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Wallace, A. (2023). Sustaining a culture of innovation delivery in society. A practice-led study of the role of design thinking frameworks. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Design Enterprise). Otago Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga, New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, New Zealand. https://doi.org/10.34074/thes.6329
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This study delves into the mechanisms driving the adoption and cultivation of innovation across various sectors, particularly within design, education, and business realms. It investigates the social dynamics surrounding knowledge dissemination and the societal reception of innovative practices. Drawing upon insights gathered from a diverse cohort of design practitioners over a span of twenty-five years, this research aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of innovation's role in shaping societal progress. Utilising a constructivist approach, this study evaluates design innovation through the lens of Human-Centred Design (HCD). By adopting this perspective, the research transcends traditional boundaries of innovation confined within business and educational domains, extending its inquiry to explore the broader societal implications of innovative endeavours. Central to this investigation is the recognition of designers as pivotal actors in the innovation ecosystem, facilitating knowledge exchange and contributing significantly to the perpetuation of a culture of innovation. Through an examination of international case studies showcasing collaborative efforts between academia and industry aimed at societal betterment, this study identifies avenues for fostering innovation within the fabric of society. In response to the findings, the author proposes an Interrelated Innovation Framework (IIF) tailored to the unique context of New Zealand. This framework offers a systematic approach to nurturing a culture of innovation within the social framework, emphasising collaboration and synergy between various stakeholders. This study illuminates the intricate interplay between design, education, business, and society in sustaining a culture of innovation delivery. By clarifying the roles of different actors and proposing actionable frameworks, it seeks to inform policymakers, educators, businesses, and designers alike, fostering an environment conducive to continuous innovation and societal advancement.
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