Developing Skills in Creativity and Innovation Through New Product Design

Dennis McKeag

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    Based on a review of economic theory and associated papers, the generally accepted five forces of national economic growth are identified. The fifth and most important of these is recognised as innovation, and through further analysis innovation is shown to be primarily dependant on creativity skills and new product (process or system) design. This is tied in with the second identified force which is improvement in the quality of labour through education, training and experience, and there is general acceptance that it is only in this area of education that government can exert any significant influence in a free market.The paper then describes the principles and practice underpinning a final year MEng module on Innovation, and outlines the radical and innovative approach taken to teaching and learning on this module through close collaboration with industry and through a largely student generated taught syllabus. The accompany conference presentation is an overview of an industry generated (client brief) team project which acts a vehicle for teaching and learning on the Innovation Module.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages1-9
    JournalConnectED 2010 International Conference on Design Education
    Volume2010
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2010

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    Creativity
    New products
    Innovation
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    Industry
    Education
    Labor
    Acceptance
    Free market
    Government
    Process design
    Project teams
    Economic theory
    System design
    Economic growth

    Keywords

    • Economy
    • creativity
    • design
    • innovation
    • process
    • activity
    • key skills

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    McKeag, Dennis. / Developing Skills in Creativity and Innovation Through New Product Design. 2010 ; Vol. 2010, No. 1. pp. 1-9.
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