Development of Online Collaboration Tools (OCT) for Collaborative Innovation Design



With the development of information technology and systematic innovation theory, the innovative design of products and service is no longer confined to individuals or one team. There are more and more cross-regional and multi-disciplinary collaborative design integrate the time, human and other resources to promote more innovation activities. However, there is still a lack of systematic and effective tools to cover the whole process of collaborative design activities. To address this gap, we provide a case example to solve this problem of using online collaboration tools (OCT) in collaborative design context, and further illustrate some implications through the systematic innovation perspective. In the present paper, we discuss how the adoption of online collaboration tools has influenced the collaborative design activities based on the IDEEA drone design workshop. Discuss the impact of online collaboration tools on the participants ' learning and collaboration effect in the distributed systems. Online collaboration tools can be used to access knowledge that originates from external as well as internal sources, but it seems that online tools increase the visibility and accessibility of internal expertise and therefore the use of internal knowledge. The main contributions of this paper include:1) Our research revealed that the online collaboration tools can promote innovative design of multi-disciplinary and innovation design. The design tasks of the workshop are completed by each team with almost no traditional offline collaboration. 2) The implementation of collaborative design is divided into five types according to the design thinking process: empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. Analyzing the attributes of different collaboration tools in the process of innovative design. 3) Discuss from the project what kind of technical methods and tools are suitable for the specific collaborative design system. Provide guidance for future collaborative design activities.


2020-03-31 — Updated on 2020-04-27