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Systemic Aspects of Innovation and Design

The perspective of collaborative networks

  • Provides an informed, historical and nuanced perspective on the relationship between design and innovation

  • Proposes an alternative contribution of design to innovation, beyond aesthetics and meaning

  • Investigates the current framework for innovation from a design perspective


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. A Scholarly Perspective on the Link Between Innovation, Collaboration, and Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Devising and Activating Collaborative Networks for Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Marzia Mortati
      Pages 59-67
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 69-70

About this book


The book provides a snapshot of a hot topic – the systemic nature of innovation and its relevance to design – with a trifold perspective: the academic level – the literature on innovation studies and design is often neglected and a clear connection between the two topics taken for granted; the research level – collaborative models are currently considered great opportunities for transforming consumption, production and distribution of goods, but a clear scholarly discourse is still forming; the political level – the European Commission and the OECD are devoting much effort to understanding and measuring the impact of design in innovation processes and firms and a clear contribution would greatly support this path. Thus the book provides an informed, historical and nuanced perspective to the relationship between design and innovation to contribute to all three levels and to propose a point of view that goes beyond aesthetics and meanings.


collaborative networks design research social capital systemic innovation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Design Dep.Politecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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