The Value of Design: A study of the role of design in innovation

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Lancaster Inst for the Contemporary Arts

Abstract

The principal research aim of this research project is to identify the specific conditions (e.g. leadership, culture, briefing processes) under which design is likely to make a substantial contribution to certain forms of innovation.

Working with the TSB and the Creative Industries KTN the research will create a framework of categories which constitute the range of conditions under which design can contribute to innovation., this will include the ways in which organisations can absorb and diffuse design's value to innovation, the leadership styles and roles necessary and the cultural and environmental factors. The work will make explicit the complex briefing process and evaluation of exemplar projects, identifying design specific innovation where is exists. The research will make recommendations on the application and scalability of the findings.

Publications

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Cooper R (2018) ImaginationLancaster: Open-Ended, Anti-Disciplinary, Diverse in She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation

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Cooper R (2018) ImaginationLancaster: Open-Ended, Anti-Disciplinary, Diverse in She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation

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Cooper R (2019) Design research - Its 50-year transformation in Design Studies

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Cooper, R. (2014) Measuring Design Research

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Coulton P (2022) Emergent NPD process and development risks for IoT: an exploratory case study in agri-tech in International Journal of Business and Systems Research

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Mullagh L (2021) Designing for a pandemic: towards recovery and resilience in Strategic Design Research Journal

 
Description Academy of Design Innovation Management Keynote 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote address with professional practitioner about the use of design in industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Approaches to Design Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote speaker on Approaches to Design Research, and significant outcome was the encouraging of academics to develop design research initiatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CHEAD Space & Place meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk to Council for Education in Art and Design about Design Research at Imagination
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Design For Change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chaired the first day, summing up the thinking throughout the day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Design Innovation Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote and recipient of life time achievment award
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Design in Context 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Design in Context at Instanbul Bilgi University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EAD Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The future of Design education was debated
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description EXALT Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote address on the Value of Design
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Emerging Models for Transdisciplinary Design 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact International adotion of interdisciplinary research - Panel member
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description European Academy of Design Presidential Speech 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A review of the Design Research community and history
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Evolving cities Keynote: Creating Healthy cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion virtual and physical about the design of future places
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description How to influence Government Innovation and Design Policies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote speaker on Influencing Government Innovation and Design Policies. This influenced a change in the way Design Education is evaluated internationally
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IASDR Keynote Thinking differently, designing radically 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on how we need to change the way we think and design
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ID@50 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented a talk on the move towards an integrated approach in design manegment, the new complexities of design and outcomes of design integration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description International Society Associations of Design Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Summing up the days presentations and illustrating the pathway to the future
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Panel Guest Cancer Research UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Panel Discussion on the role of the environment as a contributor to Non communicable Disease more specifically Cancer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation to University of Tehran 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact presentation to the University of Tehran
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The Great Competition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Great Competition, The Design Museum completion. Panel judge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of the Arts Lisbon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote address on the Value of Design
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019