Design Research for the Real World: A Design-led Innovation Model for Action Research
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Price, Rebecca; Wrigley, Cara; Matthews, Judy; Dreiling, Alexander
Institution: Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Section: Collaboration, communication and co-creation in design and development
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 . 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 , a project progression model for action research is presented to enable the improved management of industry based research.