Discontinuous Innovation Project II: Integrating customer and user into
innovation (DIP-FI II)
Discontinuous Innovation Project DIP-FI II is part of
Discontinuous Innovation Project – Finland -research program that is
carried out in collaboration between Aalto University School of
Technology and Science/Innovation Management Institute (IMI) and
SC-Research (SCR) at Lappeenranta University of Technology. The DIP-FI
research process is structured around three stages: search, selection
and implementation of discontinuous and radical innovations. During
2008-2009 IMI and SCR carried out the research on the first two stages
(search and selection) of the innovation process.
The second phase DIP-FI II (2010-2011) focuses on the
implementation stage of discontinuous and radical innovations. DIP-FI
II aims at improving the competitiveness of Finnish companies by
creating new knowledge about discontinuous and radical innovations and
the factors that support and hinder their development. The project
focuses on understanding the ways in which users and customers are
involved in the different phases of concept development and
commercialization processes of discontinuous and radical innovations.
Based on qualitative data collected during the project, best practices
and action models for the concept development and commercialization of
discontinuous and radical innovations will be identified and developed.
DIP-FI II is part of the international Innovation
Laboratory (ILab) project including research partners from 11
countries. Innovation Laboratory is the world’s leading community of
expertise in the field of innovation. The network provides a common
framework for the activities within the DIP project. The aim of ILab is
to build an ongoing, interactive community that fosters the creation
and sharing of knowledge around innovation. Along the way, research is
conducted on a wide, international database. Once a year an
international conference gives a synopsis of the results yielded in the
national workshops. DIP-FI II project provides the opportunity to
compare the innovation practices of Finnish companies to the practices
of companies in other countries involved in the ILab community.
DIP-FI II-project, funded by the Finnish Funding Agency
for Technology and Innovation TEKES and participating businesses, is
carried out in 24 months period in 2010-2012 (4/2010-3/2012).
For further information, please contact Juha Vänskä,