Case study of IDEO Product Development from Haward Business School

IDEO Product Development

An executive case analysis addressing the below questions

You have studied IDEO’s process, organization, culture, and management. What are the strengths and weaknesses of IDEO’s approach to product development? Would you recommend to your CEO to adopt any / all / or some of IDEO’s approach to make your company more innovative? Why / why not? Which aspects of IDEO’s approach?
Would IDEO’s development process work effectively in companies that also manufacture, sell, and distribute products? Would it work in companies that provide services? Why / Why not?

In reference the Haward’s article itself and the chapters from

Thomke (2003): R&D Comes to Services: Bank of America’s Path-breaking Experiments? Harvard Business Review (April 2003), pp. 1-12.
Steven C. Wheelwright & Kim B. Clark (2003). Creating Project Plans to Focus Product Development, Harvard Business Review (September 2003), pp. 1-14.

IDEO Product Development (HBS 9-600-143)

Schilling (2009). Chapter 1: Introduction
Schilling (2009). Chapter 3: Types and Patterns of Innovation.
Schilling (2009). Chapter 5: Timing of Entry.
Schilling (2009). Chapter 6: Defining an Organization’s Strategic Direction


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