Systematic innovation and the underlying principles behind TRIZ and TOC

Stratton, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5437-4233 and Mann, D., 2003. Systematic innovation and the underlying principles behind TRIZ and TOC. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 139 (13), pp. 120-126. ISSN 0924-0136

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Innovative developments in the design of product and manufacturing systems are often marked by simplicity, at least in retrospect, that has previously been shrouded by restrictive mental models or limited knowledge transfer. These innovative developments are often associated with the breaking of long established trade-off compromises, as in the paradigm shift associated with JIT & TQM, or the resolution of design contradictions, as in the case of the dual cyclone vacuum cleaner. The rate of change in technology and the commercial environment suggests the opportunity for innovative developments is accelerating, but what systematic support is there to guide this innovation process. This paper brings together two parallel, but independent theories on inventive problem solving; one in mechanical engineering, namely the Russian Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) and the other originating in manufacturing management as the Theory of Constraints (TOC). The term systematic innovation is used to describe the use of common underlying principles within these two approaches. The paper focuses on the significance of trade-off contradictions to innovation in these two fields and explores their relationship with manufacturing strategy development.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Finance and Economics [title of vol. 139]
Publication Title: Journal of Materials Processing Technology
Creators: Stratton, R. and Mann, D.
Publisher: Elsevier Science SA
Place of Publication: Lausanne
Date: 2003
Volume: 139
Number: 13
ISSN: 0924-0136
Rights: Copyright © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:56
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:14

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