New tools for the early stages of eco-innovation: an evaluation of simplified TRIZ tools

Elies Dekoninck, David Harrison, Neville A. Stanton

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Eco-innovation is a design approach for reducing the environmental impact of products, processes and services. It aims to decrease the environmental impact of products whilst maximising customer and business value. Integrating design-led environmental approaches at the earliest stages of product development is critical to their effectiveness. This paper reports on a controlled workshop experiment to test a structured method – TRIZ (the theory of inventive problem solving) – for enhancing eco-innovation, particularly in the early stages of team design. The quantitative and qualitative data suggest that TRIZ tools are not best suited to the team design activities at the earliest stages of innovation. The teams’ outputs did include interesting new technology developments. The information provided to designers in early-stage workshops plays a bigger role than expected in innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-141
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Design Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • controlled experiment
  • design information
  • early stages of innovation
  • early-stage workshops
  • eco-innovation
  • team design activities
  • team work
  • TRIZ tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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