Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/55479
Authors: 
Kalogerakis, Katharina
Herstatt, Cornelius
Lüthje, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers / Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg 33
Abstract: 
In this paper we explore how knowledge brokers - specialised design and engineering companies offering services to clients in diverse industries - use analogies for product development. Our research is based on interviews with project leaders of 13 knowledge brokering companies. The interviews focused on product development projects in which analogies were used. First, we categorize these cases according to the motivation to use analogies (efficiency vs. innovativeness). Second, we describe and analyse the process of using analogies. Our results show that analogies are frequently and very pragmatically applied throughout the whole development process. We also found that individual characteristics of the persons participating in such projects are the crucial factor that influences the outcome of the project.
Subjects: 
product development
knowledge brokers
analogy
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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