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Innovation by design: a programme to support SMEs.

Malins, Julian Paul


Julian Paul Malins


Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs)1 are generally clear on the need for innovation; however they are very often less clear on how innovation can be achieved. One possible reason for this may be because of a lack of a culture supportive of innovation within their business. Developing appropriate tools for SMEs to allow them to develop a sustainable innovation culture is a core activity for the Centre for Design & Innovation ( This paper describes how SMEs have been assisted through the application of design thinking to develop their own innovation cultures through a programme of workshops and one-to-one support. This paper strives to look beyond the rhetoric behind design thinking in order to critically evaluate the techniques and approaches that have proved to be of particular value when working with SMEs.


MALINS, J.P. 2011. Innovation by design: a programme to support SMEs. Swedish design journal, 2011(2), pages 25-31.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2011
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2011
Publication Date Dec 31, 2011
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2013
Publicly Available Date Nov 14, 2013
Journal Swedish design research journal
Print ISSN 2000-964X
Publisher Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2011
Issue 2
Pages 25-31
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