Track 1 – Practice-based innovation and quality improvement
Anders Fundin, Mälardalen University –
Henry Larsen, University of Southern Denmark –
While innovation creates variation and brakes stability to be effective on the cost of efficiency, quality management is in practice used to ensuring low variation and high stability to achieve efficiency on the cost of effectiveness.
Track 2 – Participatory innovation in health practices
Mia Folke, Mälardalen University –
Tomas Markussen, University of Southern Denmark –
Due to pressures on welfare services and health provision (ageing, chronic diseases) there is a need to develop new health practices. These innovations may involve the use of emergent technologies, change through patient involvement, organisational learning, or the rethinking of health policies.
Track 3 – Creative interaction and artistic practices in workgroups
Bengt Köping Olsson, Mälardalen University –
Anne Pässilä, Lappeenranta University, Lahti –
In creative group processes, ideas and understanding emerges through social interaction. A fundamental challenge for workgroups’ creativity is how to enable a fruitful combination of differences - that all members contribute towards mutually shared goals. Artistic practices can help deal with challenging situations. The arts have been utilized strategically to sharpen skills needed in day-to-day work performance such as communication and interaction, or have contributed to practical outcomes such as developing ideas and strategies for reflection and learning from experiences.
Track 4 – Visual representations in participatory innovation
Jennie Schaeffer, Mälardalen University –
Koteshwar Chirumalla Mälardalen University –
Brendon Clark, Interactive Institute Stockholm –
Visual representations play multiple roles in innovation and design processes. Their value is not solely defined by their form, how they were developed, what they do and do not represent, but emerges in how they are introduced, used, and re-used. How representations are generated and the accompanying “ethical contract” with those represented is increasingly difficult to manage once the author leaves the material. At the same time, the rhetorical practices of such powerful visual media raise additional questions about what is represented, how and why, and what is hidden.
Track 5 – Collaborative research on product design and production innovation
Glenn Johansson, Mälardalen University –
Kristina Säfsten, Jönköping University –
Jacob Buur, University of Southern Denmark –
In innovation research, it is crucial to achieve both academic rigour and industrial relevance. One way is through collaborative research approaches that aim at co-creating knowledge. This track seeks to boost the understanding of collaborative research methods, in particular where researchers work with industry and external organisations to concurrently solve concrete problems and generate generic knowledge within product design and production innovation as well as the integration between the two (e.g. participatory action research, interaction research, design research, ethnographic research etc.). As an example, the manufacturing area has had a long tradition of employee participation in quality improvement that also includes collaborative research activities.