We are developing prototypes for different reasons. The following aspects are of major importance:
- Prototypes communicate and demonstrate the main idea of process innovations.
- Developing prototypes helps to identify major requirements and to clarify the main ideas. They can be understood as a research instrument and a research heuristic (“research by development”).
- Protototypes demonstrate the usefulness of an idea (“proof of concept”).
- Last, but not least, prototypes enable us to undertake laboratory and field experiments. Such kind of research would be impossible without the availability of prototypes.
We are currently developing prototypes in this areas: