# A NEW APPROACH OF INNOVATIVE DESIGN : AN INTRODUCTION TO C-K THEORY.

@inproceedings{Hatchuel2003ANA, title={A NEW APPROACH OF INNOVATIVE DESIGN : AN INTRODUCTION TO C-K THEORY.}, author={Armand Hatchuel and Beno{\^i}t Weil}, year={2003} }

In this paper we introduce the main notions and first applications of a unified design theory. We call it “C-K theory” because it stands that a formal distinction between spaces of “Concepts” (C) and space of “Knowledge” (K) is a condition for design. This distinction has key properties: i) it identifies the oddness of “Design” when compared to problem solving approaches ; ii) it distinguishes C-K theory from existing design theories like German systematic as C-K theory offers a precise…

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