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DESIGN METHODS IN PRACTICE - BEYOND THE 'SYSTEMATIC APPROACH' OF PAHL & BEITZ

DESIGN METHODS IN PRACTICE - BEYOND THE 'SYSTEMATIC APPROACH' OF PAHL & BEITZ

Year: 2010

Section: DESIGN THEORY AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.

Author: Jensen, T. E.; Andreasen, M. M.

Section: DESIGN THEORY AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Pages: 21-28

Abstract

The paper challenges the dominant and widespread view that a good design method guarantees a systematic approach as well as certain results. It explores the differences between the dominant view (exemplified by Pahl & Beitz), micro-sociological studies (ethnomethodology), and a series of case studies of method use in Danish companies. It argues that Pahl and Beitz’s implicit view of methods is misleading in several respects, and that we need to understand method use as situated, social interaction if we are to describe it realistically and appreciate it properly.

Keywords: design methods, Pahl & Beitz, etnomethodology

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