Title: Development of an empirical-based categorisation scheme for CAI software

Authors: Stefan Kohn, Stefan Husig

Addresses: WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Burgplatz 2, 56179 Vallendar, Germany. ' Management of Innovation and Technology, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany

Abstract: This paper examines the supply-side of non-private software products in the field of computer-aided innovation (CAI). In the beginning, the authors build a framework for the potential benefits of CAI software. Based on a global market study on CAI tools, they gather a broad overview about existing software products. These products are examined in detail. Based on this evaluation, the products are categorised and the authors find evidence that for all hypothesised benefits of CAI matching products are available. The authors develop a categorisation scheme for CAI software to enhance the transparency of this particular market segment, the understanding of the term CAI and therewith the communication between vendors and potential users of these products.

Keywords: market study; software products; evaluation; computer-aided innovation; CAI software; categorisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2007.015695

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2007 Vol.30 No.1/2, pp.33 - 46

Published online: 09 Nov 2007 *

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