UCL School of Management

Research project

Design, designers, innovation and change

Summary

This open-ended project has used cases examined over the years – Bang & Olufsen, Alessi, Oticon, Kartell, Piaggio, Alfa Romeo, etc. – as ideal settings to refine my understanding of the socio-cognitive processes that link culture, design, and strategy. Together with Ileana Stigliani, I examined the cognitive processes that support designers’ reconceptualization of objects and spaces (Stigliani & Ravasi, 2012) and their infusion with aesthetic properties (Stigliani & Ravasi, 2017). More recently, I looked at how designers help recontextualize traditional craft to support internationalization (Sasaki, Nummela, & Ravasi, 2020).

Relevance

This work has contributed to unpack the role of design and designers in strategic change and innovation (Ravasi & Lojacono, 2005; Dalpiaz, Rindova & Ravasi, 2016), and to establish design as a field of study among organization scholars.

Selected publications

Stigliani, I., & Ravasi, D. (2018). The shaping of form: Exploring designers' use of aesthetic knowledge. Organization Studies, 39 (5-6), 747-784. doi:10.1177/0170840618759813 [link]
Dalpiaz, E., Rindova, V., & Ravasi, D. (2016). Combining logics to transform organizational agency: Blending industry and art at Alessi. ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 61 (3), 347-392. doi:10.1177/0001839216636103 [link]
Stigliani, I., & Ravasi, D. (2012). ORGANIZING THOUGHTS AND CONNECTING BRAINS: MATERIAL PRACTICES AND THE TRANSITION FROM INDIVIDUAL TO GROUP-LEVEL PROSPECTIVE SENSEMAKING. ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 55 (5), 1232-1259. doi:10.5465/amj.2010.0890 [link]
Ravasi, D., & Stigliani, I. (2012). Product Design: a Review and Research Agenda for Management Studies. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT REVIEWS, 14 (4), 464-488. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2370.2012.00330.x [link]
Ravasi, D., & Lojacono, G. (2005). Managing design and designers for strategic renewal. LONG RANGE PLANNING, 38 (1), 51-77. doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2004.11.010 [link]
Ravasi, D., Rindova, V., & Stigliani, I. (2019). The stuff of legend: History, memory, and the temporality of organizational identity construction. Academy of Management Journal. doi:10.5465/amj.2016.0505 [link]
Ravasi, D., Nummela, N., & Sasaki, I. (2020). Managing cultural specificity and cultural embeddedness when internationalizing: Cultural strategies of Japanese craft firms. Journal of International Business Studies.
Last updated Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Author

Research groups

Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Research areas

Organization theory

Research topics

Creative industries; Creativity; Group creativity; Innovation; New product design; New product development