Title: Fostering innovation in practice through TRIZ-based CAI tools

Authors: Mikel Sorli, Dragan Stokic, Alvaro Gorostiza, Ana Campos

Addresses: LABEIN, C/Geldo – Parque Tecnologico de Bizkaia, Edificio 700, 48160 Derio, Spain. ' LABEIN, C/Geldo – Parque Tecnologico de Bizkaia, Edificio 700, 48160 Derio, Spain. ' LABEIN, C/Geldo – Parque Tecnologico de Bizkaia, Edificio 700, 48160 Derio, Spain. ' LABEIN, C/Geldo – Parque Tecnologico de Bizkaia, Edificio 700, 48160 Derio, Spain

Abstract: Innovation is a critical factor in the success of industrial companies. Therefore, there is an urgent need to effectively master innovation processes in an Extended Enterprise (EE) context. This will pay back higher market share and faster market penetration. The main objective of the AIM Toolkit© is to provide the means of stimulating the creation of innovative ideas specifically on potential product/process improvements and on problem solving. Ideas are collected from people involved with the products and processes throughout the |Extended Enterprise| and will be further developed into innovations. The AIM system is based on the general TRIZ principles.

Keywords: engineering design; innovation process; TRIZ; CAI; computer-aided innovation; knowledge management; theory of inventive problem solving; extended enterprise; product improvement; process improvement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2007.015693

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2007 Vol.30 No.1/2, pp.3 - 20

Published online: 09 Nov 2007 *

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