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Engineering design research methodologies in Product-Service Systems: when the complex gets tough
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0280-3160
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
2017 (English)In: The 21th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17): 21-25 August 2017, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada : proceedings of ICED17, The Design Society, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The research field of Product-Service Systems (PSS) emerged within the engineering design field to address sustainability and radically lower environmental impact from production and product use stages. PSS research has progressed insights of the industrial phenomena, but are often grounded in either product or service development, and the sustainability perspective had diminished over time. The deviation from what was intended might depend on research methodologies that do not meet the requirements of PSS multidisciplinary research. Some reflections of our research and craftsmanship are thus needed, which is also the purpose of this paper. PSS are used in the paper as a framework to highlight some of the facets of engineering design research activities. The paper suggests that multidisciplinary research has to manage different methodologies and different theories, this can be achieved if underlying assumptions are made transparent and if contradictions between those and the conclusions are discussed. Finally, the paper make an effort to encourage discussions about research methodologies to improve not only research but also implementation in industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Design Society, 2017.
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Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ISSN 2220-4334
Keyword [en]
Product-service systems (PSS), Multi- / Cross- / Trans-disciplinary processes, Research methodologies and methods, research philosophy, theoretical baseline
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Information systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63282OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-63282DiVA: diva2:1094032
Conference
21th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Vancouver, 21-25 August 2017
Projects
CiirSustainable Product-Service systems financed by Effective Innovation and Organization
Available from: 2017-05-09 Created: 2017-05-09 Last updated: 2017-05-12

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