|Title||Open Innovation and the Core of the Engineer’s Domain|
|Publication Type||07. Book Chapters|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Editor||Michelfelder, D. P., Newberry B., & Zhu Q.|
|Book Title||Philosophy and Engineering: Exploring Boundaries, Expanding Connections|
Engineering as a professional domain is usually understood as the driving force of innovation. Recently, however, various forms of open innovation have become popular that do not necessarily require engineers as contributors. How does this affect the conception of the engineer? This paper assumes that open innovation proceeds as an evolutionary process. Computational models show that such processes need careful design. Even if engineers do not appear explicitly in open innovation, they can nevertheless be considered as parts of it, inasmuch as they provide the framework in which technical progress becomes possible. The engineer’s domain should therefore not be understood as a closed sphere containing innovation, but rather as a surface organizing the environment in ways that makes it possible to address change as innovation.