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TRIZ in the Aftermath of a Transnational Cold War History

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author MareisClaudia,
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Procedia Engineering
Volume (Issue) 131
Page(s) 500 - 508
Title of proceedings Procedia Engineering

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This paper aims to contribute to a comparative history of creativity and invention techniques in the 20th century,especially after the end of World War II during the post-war period. In this history TRIZ plays a significant role,although it is hardly acknowledged because of the predominance of western creativity stereotypes within currentscientific discourses. This paper has a strongly explorative character. It emphasizes neither the practical functionalitynor the scientific validity of TRIZ but rather chooses for a comparative cultural-historical perspective. The moregeneral contribution of this historical approach for the field of engineering and technological development can beseen in its corrective and self-reflexive potential. Recent discussions on TRIZ methodology might be differentiatedand sharpen with regard to broader historical constellations, as well as future developments might be stimulated byinnovative insights from the transnational post-war history of creativity.