Innovation is often the result of a simultaneous interplay or sequence between a new technique and an existing or new artifact. Examples include the first fundamental innovations of human beings such as making fire, building houses, medicine, art or sports. However, in studies on innovation the aspect of technique innovation and its interplay with product- and service innovation seems not to be prominently discussed. Technique innovations may often originate from users of artefacts.
In this project we study the following research questions:
How can technique innovation be characterized?
What role does technique innovation play for the development of new products and services?
What patterns do exist when combining existing/new techniques with existing/new artifacts?