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

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

Year: 2014

Section: Collaboration, communication and co-creation in design and development

Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman

Author: Rebecca Price, Cara Wrigley, Judy Matthews, Alexander Dreiling

Series: NordDESIGN

Institution: Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Section: Collaboration, communication and co-creation in design and development

Pages: 154-163

ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2

Abstract

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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ds conferenceNordDesign 2014 at Aalto University Design Factory Espoo, Finland August 27th – 29th 2014

In the area of innovation, design and product development we quite often seem to know that something works in practice, but might lack understanding on the theoretical foundations. Many of the topical issues related to design, development, and innovation that seem to be regarded as “common knowledge” within the industry, are insufficiently founded from the theoretical perspective. On the other hand, results of academic research are often insufficiently disseminated to the industry. We are calling...

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