DS 80-7 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 7: Product Modularisation, Product Architecture, systems Engineering,Product Service Systems, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15

Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco CantaMESsa, Dorian Marjanovic, Frederico Rotini
Author: Kim, Sojung; Baek, Joon Sang
Series: ICED
Institution: UNIST, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Section: Product Modularisation, Product Architecture, Systems Engineering, Product Service Systems
Page(s): 281-290
ISBN: 978-1-904670-70-4
ISSN: 2220-4334


The importance of organisational properties in PSS development has been emphasised by previous research but the attempts to handle complex structure and communication network of PSS has been lacking. In this research, the potential of natural ecosystem as a source of inspiration for organization design in a PSS development was explored. The organisational problems in practice were investigated through the literature reviews and expert interviews with practitioners. In addition, the characteristics of natural ecosystem on different developmental stages were compared to those of systems in industry to identify the strengths of nature to be learned. This study suggests that further studies involving sufficient cases of corporations and natural ecosystem are required to specify the relationships between artificial and natural systems and contribute to organisational improvement. Moreover, methodological approach to support practitioners to design organisational structures and communication strategies is necessary.

Keywords: Nature-Inspired Design, Biomimetics, Product-Service Systems (PSS), Organisation Design

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