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Can proof-of-concept (PoC) make people be more generative? - Uncovering the Sismo's design of 'generative PoC'

Abstract : The aim of the paper is to investigate whether Proofs-of-concept (PoCs) are generative in both cognitive and social aspects and what are the methods to reach this potential generativity. This study contributes to the literature of four fields: proof-of-concept, innovation ecosystems, innovation management and NPD, and management in general. In this paper, we adopted a theory-building approach based on a multiple-case study with embedded units of analysis which was allowed by the intervention research at Sismo, a French design studio internationally recognised for its PoC expertise. The main results of this study is that (1) Sismo performs PoCs that are certainly 'validation' but which also carry double generativity and (2) the generativity on the organisation is rather stronger than on the object. Their action-learning method is geared to this end, namely to maximise learning especially organisational learning, put the 'buyers of the PoC' in action, push them to make discoveries by themselves and even discover themselves.
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Caroline Jobin, Sophie Hooge, Pascal Le Masson. Can proof-of-concept (PoC) make people be more generative? - Uncovering the Sismo's design of 'generative PoC'. 26th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC), Jun 2019, Leicester, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-02100279⟩



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