Innovation in Conceptual Age (Case of Five Companies in Avionics Industry of Iran)

Author Name(s): Amin Torkaman,* Manoochehr Manteghi, S. Jamaledin Tabibi
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Background: Human being has passed different technological ages so far, from agriculture age to industry age and to information age. Now a new paradigm is developing. This new age is named Conceptual Age. In this new age you should do the job artificially and differently. This new age is recognized by several indexes which are named Senses of Conceptual Age. Aim: One of the most important issues of Conceptual Age is technological innovation. It is the main engine of economic progress. in this article we have discussed about Conceptual Age effects on technological innovation in avionic industry of IRAN.  We have promoted a framework which connects innovation and Conceptual age features. Methods: by studying in innovation literature a proposed model was produced which is the combination of Stage-Gate model and Conceptual Age Senses, then by interviewing it was accurated, then questionnaires helped us to determine which senses of the New Age is important in different stages of innovation, Delphi Technique at the end used for confirmation of final model. Findings: A model which shows the important factors in any stages of innovation and the main Sense of New Coming Age in any stages of innovation.


Technological Innovation, Conceptual Age, Stage-Gate, New Coming Age


Now we live in a new age which is more complicated and varies more than ever (1). One of the most important turning point in human technological life is agriculture revolution, before that time the human lived in hunting communities, almost seven thousand years BC (2). They have started to cultivate plants and it was the reason for starting the agriculture age. With the expansion of communication between societies and growing the concept of trade and increase in transportation, the separated economic units joined to each other and made bigger units. This growth is driven by the expansion of agriculture (3) Over production of agriculture sector over time caused division of labor, rising prosperity and urban development (4).

The second technological evolution is industrialization which means using machines instead of manpower (5). Industrialization has begun in Mid-eighteenth century and during less than a century caused many innovations in textile industry, advances in mass production, coal mining and using steam power etc.(6). Next phase of industrialization occurred in the last years of the nineteenth century. The features of this period as follows: expansion in automotive and electrical industry (7). The next phase of industrialization occurred coinciding with World War II in this period aluminum industry (8).then new technologies emerged, such as radio and television and electronics industries grew at a faster pace and thereby provide context for the information age (9).


This article aimed to explain the impact ofConceptual Age Senses on Technological Innovation process. Stage-Gate model was the base of study as previous researchers told it is the best for Avionics industry as our case, the innovation factors in each stages was identified by interviews in first phase of study. Then impact of each Conceptual Age sense on innovation stages was asked by questionnaire. The result was being tested by binomial test. The final model generated after Delphi technique has taken and confirmed the result.

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