The role of technological innovation in creating radically new product meanings: insights from the hearing aid industry

Anders Dahl Krabbe

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This paper explores the concept of technological epiphanies from the literature on design driven innovation. A technological epiphany is defined as a product innovation that can be considered radical, both in terms of technology as well as the meaning and experiences it creates through its design. Three cases of technological epiphanies from the hearing aid industry are analyzed and discussed in terms of how they represent a radical innovation in technology as well as in product meaning and which role the technological aspect has played in the radical innovation of the meaning of the product. Three different ways in which technology can function as an enabler for the innovation of product meanings are explored and a fourth is found is found during the analysis. The paper concludes by suggesting directions for future research.
Translated title of the contributionTeknologisk Innovations Rolle i skabelsen af radikalt nye produktbetydninger : Indsigter fra høreapparatsindustrien
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPursuing Innovation Leadership : Proceeding of the 16th International CINet Conference
Number of pages16
PublisherContinuous Innovation Network
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event16th International CINet Conference: Pursuing Innovation Leadership - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 13. Sep 201515. Sep 2015
Conference number: 16


Conference16th International CINet Conference
LocationRoyal Institute of Technology

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