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Designs 2018, 2(3), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/designs2030027

Biomimicry: Do Frames of Inquiry Support Search and Identification of Biological Models?

Department of Biology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325, USA
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Received: 16 May 2018 / Revised: 16 July 2018 / Accepted: 20 July 2018 / Published: 30 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Biologically Inspired Design)
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A crucial step in the biomimicry process is the search and identification of biological models relevant to the design challenge. Anecdotal observations from case studies in authentic business contexts, as well as emerging literature on biomimicry methods, suggest that tools, which focus the search for biological models, could help research and development (R&D) professionals execute this step more effectively. We prototyped one such tool, a set of four frames of inquiry, to test whether it helped R&D professionals identify a greater quantity and variety of biological models. The tool we prototyped did not significantly improve biological model identification; however, its use was associated with a trend of higher quantity and variety of biological models. Our study, as well as previous work, both empirical and theoretical, suggests that tools, like ours, could improve the search and identification of biological models. We encourage further tests using larger samples sizes and/or conditions that maximize potential effect sizes. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomimicry; bioinspired design; front end innovation; new product development biomimicry; bioinspired design; front end innovation; new product development
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Kennedy, E.B.; Niewiarowski, P.H. Biomimicry: Do Frames of Inquiry Support Search and Identification of Biological Models? Designs 2018, 2, 27.

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