Collaborative research on product design and production innovation
Dr. Glenn Johansson is professor of product development at Mälardalen University and at Jönköping University. He has a PhD degree in assembly technology from Linköping University, and an associate professorship in technology management and economics from Chalmers University of Technology. His research interests include a broad set of product development and manufacturing issues. Examples are sustainable product development and manufacturing, distributed product development, and integrated product and production development. The research is carried out in close collaboration with industry and has not only resulted in scientific publications, but also lead to changes in practice among involved companies. Publications have appeared in Journal of Cleaner Production, Management of Environmental Quality, Research-Technology Management, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, among others. Glenn has received an Outstanding paper award from the Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence and in a recently published review of research within the ecodesign field he was listed as one of the top 20 main authors in the world. He is co-founder of the Product Development Academy in Sweden and member of the Swedish Production Academy.
Kristina Säfsten is professor in Production Systems and Associate Dean of Doctoral Programmes at School of Engineering, Jönköping University. Her research interest is related to operations management and especially the interface between product development and production, boundary crossing, manufacturing strategies, and the ability to manage innovation and daily operations, especially in small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. Another strong interest is research methodology, which she has been teaching for engineering students at master and doctoral level for many years. She has long and positive experience from working with interactive research approaches, and is interested in the ability to co-create knowledge between industrial practioners and academic researchers.
Jacob Buur is professor of User-Centred Design at the Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, and research director of the SDU Design Research Environment. With more than 50 employees, SDU Design brings together researchers from Human Sciences, Social Sciences, and Engineering to embrace design from a set of complementary perspectives and methods. Prior to Jacob Buur’s appointment at the university in 2000 he was manager of the user-centred design group at Danfoss A/S for 10 years. Here he designed user interfaces for products like joysticks for excavators, electronic controllers for heating and refrigeration, frequency converters. Jacob Buur takes a keen interest in methods for studying and involving users in design, and in particular he has developed video techniques for bridging user studies and innovation.