Department of Mechanical Engineering

Product Development

The research interest in product development consists of product development methods, including conceptual design, modularisation, integrated product development processes and industrial design and design for manufacturing.
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Research in product development in the department can be divided into two streams: product development methods and development practices in organisations.

  • In product development methods, our research focuses on idea generation, conceptual design, framing, integrated product development processes and industrial design and design for manufacturing.
  • In terms of product development practices in organisations, our research investigates how different types of individual perceptions, team practices and organisational processes support developing innovative products.

Product development is also one of the advanced study topics offered at the department - check out the list of courses and recommended study paths.

Latest publications

1st Design Factory Global Network Research Conference ‘Designing the Future’ 5-6 October 2022 :

Tua Björklund, Peter Joore, Saku Mäkinen, Christine Thong, Eduardo Zancul 2023

The dynamics of innovation efforts in the early career

Tua A. Björklund, Shannon K. Gilmartin, Sheri D. Sheppard 2023 Creativity and Innovation Management

Facing extreme uncertainty–how the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic influenced product development

Katja Hölttä-Otto, Tua Björklund, Monika Klippert, Kevin Otto, Dieter Krause, Claudia Eckert, Oscar Nespoli, Albert Albers 2023 International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation

Automatic Facial Expression Analysis as a Measure of User-Designer Empathy

A Salmi, J Li, K Holtta-Otto 2023 Journal of Mechanical Design

Expedite change

Tua Björklund 2022 Designing Change : New Opportunities for Organisations

Under the umbrella : components of empathy in psychology and design

Alvaro M. Chang-Arana, Antti Surma-aho, Katja Holtta-Otto, Mikko Sams 2022 Design Science

Using the Electrochemistry Designette to Visualize Students' Competence and Misconceptions on Electrochemical Principles

Vanessa Y. Y. Chia, Katja Holtta-Otto, Franklin Anariba 2022 Journal of Chemical Education


Xiaoqi Feng, Katja Hölttä-Otto 2022 19th International Conference on Design Education (DEC)

Looking beyond your own speciality: student and faculty perceptions of collaboration opportunities

Xiaoqi Feng, Tua Björklund 2022 CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
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