Decision-Making Tools to Support Innovation

Guidelines and Case Studies

SCIENCES - Innovation and Design in Chemical Engineering

Decision-Making Tools to Support Innovation

Manon Enjolras, University of Lorraine, France
Daniel Galvez, University of Santiago, Chile
Mauricio Camargo, University of Lorraine, France

ISBN : 9781789450897

Publication Date : September 2023

Hardcover 270 pp

165.00 USD



Scientific thinking concerning the way in which we drive innovation has been widely developed in recent years. It is known that the process of innovation consists of a succession of decision-making processes that require simultaneous technical, economical, organizational and sustainable compromises. Indeed, all innovative activities in business require stakeholders to seek out the best compromise between various, often contradictory dimensions of the same problems.

Through studying practical cases from various fields (e.g. energy, marketing and sustainable development), this book addresses all the stages of the innovation process, highlighting some of the main decisions that can be faced by organizations.

Based on the historical research conducted at the ERPI Laboratory (University of Lorraine) in Nancy, France, this book presents six innovation practices: strategy, creativity, design, project management, human resources and capitalization of knowledge. These practices are then illustrated through examples of decision support methods’ applications.


1. The Selection of Ideas During a Creativity Workshop: An Application of PROMETHEE.
2. The Upstream Phases of Product Design: An Application of AHP.
3. Marketing Strategy During the Market Entry Phase: An Application of Rough Sets.
4. Building a Coherent Project Portfolio: An Application of MAUT.
5. The Recruitment Process in Human Resources: An Application of ELECTRE.
6. Knowledge Management in the Supply Chain: An Application of TOPSIS.

About the authors/editors

Manon Enjolras is a lecturer at the University of Lorraine, France (ERPI Laboratory/ENSGSI). Her research concerns the metrology of innovation and the application of multicriteria and data analysis methodologies.

Daniel Galvez is a professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Santiago, Chile and coordinator of the LEIND Laboratory. His areas of research are innovation management and decision support.

Mauricio Camargo is a professor at ENSGSI and the director of the ERPI Laboratory (University of Lorraine) in France. His work focuses on the management of innovation projects, technology management and the design of complex product, process and industrial systems.

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