Int. J. of Technology Intelligence and Planning   »   2014 Vol.10, No.2

 

 

Title: Using TRIZ inventive principles for the analysis of similarities and differences in inventive thinking: a case study of inventions in the field of solar cell modules comparing Japanese and European engineers

 

Authors: Martin G. Moehrle; Henry Paetz

 

Addresses:
IPMI – Institute of Project Management and Innovation, University of Bremen, P.O. Box 330440, D-28334 Bremen, Germany
IPMI – Institute of Project Management and Innovation, University of Bremen, P.O. Box 330440, D-28334 Bremen, Germany

 

Abstract: In patents a great number of technical inventions are documented. Aided by the theory of inventive problem solving, such inventions can be analysed in a specific manner, which gives insight into inventors' thoughts. In particular, so-called inventive principles facilitate an investigation of thinking. To-date, there are 40 acknowledged inventive principles. In a case study, the field of solar cell modules was selected for an analysis. This paper will present: i) methodical aspects of the study; ii) results concerning the similarities and differences in thinking of Japanese and European engineers, measured by means of the types and frequency of inventive principles they used. A portfolio will show three different clusters. The presented method offers extensive knowledge analysis and also creation opportunities opens up also a strong link to strategic technology management, e.g., illustrating similar and different competencies of institutions in an early merger or acquisition phase.

 

Keywords: patent analysis; inventor characteristics; TRIZ; theory of inventive problem solving; knowledge analysis; knowledge creation; technological profile; solar cells; case study; inventions; Japanese engineers; Japan; European engineers; Europe; patents; inventive principles; strategic technology management; strategic management.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2014.068019

 

Int. J. of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2014 Vol.10, No.2, pp.150 - 165

 

Date of acceptance: 09 Nov 2014
Available online: 10 Mar 2015

 

 

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