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Open-Mindedness, Empathy and Gender Issues: Going beyond National and Corporate Cultures

Open-Mindedness, Empathy and Gender Issues: Going beyond National and Corporate Cultures

Year: 2009

Section: Human Behavior in Design

Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.

Author: Stal - Le Cardinal, Julie; Minzoni - Deroche, Angela

Section: Human Behavior in Design

Pages: 5-14

Abstract

It has become commonplace to speak about national culture and corporate culture. In last ICED, a workshop ended up by a debate about the impact of deeply rooted national culture characteristics on designers? attitudes. We decided to focus in this paper on the evolution of the perception of the concept of culture. Does the difference made between national vs. corporate culture still make sense in today?s working environments? Which are the new trends regarding the concept of culture when used by corporations in understanding knowledge sharing, diversity or design processes? We present here a gender oriented point of view of the perception of culture in design environment. This proposition is based on the analysis of cross-disciplinary research references about culture and on answers given by executive women engineers.

Keywords: gender, culture, empathy, human behaviour, design

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ds conferenceICED09: 17th International Conference on Engineering Design

The Design Society and the Stanford Center for Design Research cordially invite you to participate in the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED'09. The venue will be Stanford University’s verdant campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, a short 35 miles south of San Francisco, California. Research papers and case studies are solicited on any topic related to design thinking, theory, and practice, with a premium placed on evidence-based research. Topics and Themes include: *...

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