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Software support in the innovation process: Utilisation of innovation-software in German small and medium-sized enterprises

: Kohn, S.; Hüsig, S.; Steudle, M.

Coughlan, P. ; European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels:
11th International Product Development Management Conference 2004. Vol.1 : Dublin, Ireland, June 20-22, 2004
Dublin, Irland, 2004
International Product Development Management Conference <11, 2004, Dublin>
Fraunhofer TEG ()
Innovationsmanagement; Innovationsprozeß; KMU (Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen); Produktentwicklungsprozess; Innovation; Produktentwicklung; Software

This paper deals with the employment of software in the innovation process. Based on an explorative market-study of existing software tools developed to specifically support activities and methods in the innovation process, we found out that a large variety of these software products is available. In sum 63 different products have been found and analyzed. Given this breadth of supply, our further research addresses the question, to what extent these products are used in practice in Germany. Core outcome of the investigation is the finding, that software products are rarely used for the support of the innovation process in small and medium-sized enterprises. Based on this result, which stands in a certain contrast to the broad market offer, first explanations can be provided.