Design Research for the Real World: A Design-led Innovation Model for Action Research

DS 81: Proceedings of NordDesign 2014, Espoo, Finland 27-29th August 2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Price, Rebecca; Wrigley, Cara; Matthews, Judy; Dreiling, Alexander
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Section: Collaboration, communication and co-creation in design and development
Page(s): 154-163
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


The aim of this paper is to aid researchers in undertaking action research within industry with a particular focus on the study of design-led innovation. This paper presents the research design of a case study shaped to solve real world problems concerning a major Australian Airport Corporation by bridging the chasm between academia and industry. The researcher’s role is one of design-innovation catalyst, facilitating the integration of design as a new strategic capability and innovation approach within an organisation’s fabric [1]. A discussion of the researcher experience within industry will provide evidence on the challenges facing such a research role, with strategies for overcoming these barriers presented. Based on the authors’ experience as a researcher within industry and reflection within practice [2], a project progression model for action research is presented to enable the improved management of industry based research.

Keywords: Action research, industry engagement, reflection


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