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The use of analogs in the innovation process: A software engineering protocol analysis

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1 Author(s)
Silverman, Barry G. ; Dept. of Eng. Adm., George Washington Univ., Washington, DC, USA

A human information processing account of how experienced practitioners utilize analogues in the innovation process is presented. The protocols of several practitioners are collected and analyzed. The problem behavior graphs, knowledge elements utilized, and operator elements applied are described, and a descriptive model of the innovation process is assembled. Implications for a production system, deviations from other models of the innovation process, and extensions to other models of the analogy procedure are explored.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SMC-15 ,  Issue: 1 )