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Meeting sustainability challenges: soft systems thinking as an enabler for change
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2015 (English)In: The 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED15): 27th-30th July 2015, Politecnico di Milano, Italy : proceedings of ICED15 / [ed] Christian Weber; Stephan Husung; Gaetano Gascini; Marco Cantamessa ; D. Marjanović, Glasgow: Design Research Society, 2015, Vol. 1 : Design for life, 209-216 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There are three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. One important task is to integrate them so as to identify how more sustainable paths can be identified, assessed, and decided upon. Previous research has identified systems thinking as a key to achieving this. The purpose of the paper is to build on these ideas and to propose an initial framework that demonstrates the potential of incorporating soft systems methodology and a theory of modalities, introducing aspects in addition to environmental, economic, and social ones. Moreover, theoretical exploration shows that understanding different predispositions, or worldviews, are vital to creating shared and purposeful actions. This paper expresses the intentions of a pre-study, and the ideas are far from mature; however, the importance of collaboration in shared and more sustainable actions is the basis for an industry-wide initiative called the Construction Climate Challenge (CCC).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Glasgow: Design Research Society, 2015. Vol. 1 : Design for life, 209-216 p.
Series
, Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ISSN 2220-4334
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34578Local ID: 8d0d3255-0cf1-4782-aa59-b32ae053d804ISBN: 978-1-904670-64-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-34578DiVA: diva2:1007829
Conference
International Conference on Engineering Design : ICED15 - Design for life 27/07/2015 - 30/07/2015
Projects
Developing Innovation for Change – Enablers for Sustainability
Note
Validerad; 2016; Nivå 1; 20150219 (johhol)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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