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Introduction to TRIZ by Dr. Prakash R. Apte, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. I found this a very useful article as it introduces the concept of TRIZ. Though this article is very much focussed on innovative problem solving from an Engineering perspective, I think its nevertheless generic enough to understand how it can be used in any field. My interest in TRIZ is primarily from a Business Management point of view – problem solving in management so to say, but the concepts are very much the same. What changes is…read more
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