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Technological innovation happens on a daily basis all around us. Yet, in our educational programs there is rarely any attention paid to what this is and how this unfolds over time in real life. This is not at all surprising, since there is not one unified and widely accepted body of knowledge on technological innovation that is grounded enough, meaning, knowledge based on research of technological innovation practice. The CDIO-framework is implicitly addressing innovation from the perspective of existing technological knowledge and therefore is not yet equipped enough for the purpose of tech-innovation. This paper therefore aims to initiate a discussion on what technological innovation is and how this could fit within the CDIO-framework. We will provide a definition of technological innovation based on innovation theoretical framework which reaches its readiness when practice is able to apply the new technology to design, engineer, build, maintain and dispose the objects that apply that particular technology. This lens will be used to analyze a well-documented case that
reports on the development of a new structural aircraft material that is now widely used in the Airbus A380, hence a technological innovation. It will be shown in this paper that the research activities that support the development of the new technology, follow the logic of innovating as a generic and natural phenomenon. The paper ends by proposing a possible path to bring the subject of technological innovation within the confines of our educational curricula, without too much cutting on the subjects that we are teaching. Its base comes from the idea that what we are teaching today is the result of a technological innovation process of yesterday.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 14th International CDIO Conference
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings – Full Papers
EditorsCasey Bean, Jens Bennedsen, Kristina Edström, Ron Hugo, Janne Röslof, Robert Songer, Tomohito Yamamoto
PublisherCDIO
Pages40-52
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-4-906122-53-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event14th International CDIO Conference - Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Kanazawa, Japan
Duration: 28 Jun 20182 Jul 2018
http://www.kanazawa-it.ac.jp/cdio2018/en/home_eng.html

Conference

Conference14th International CDIO Conference
CountryJapan
CityKanazawa
Period28/06/182/07/18
Internet address

    Research areas

  • CDIO framework, Engineering education, technological innovation, product innovation

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