Track 5

Collaborative research on product design and production innovation

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.
 
In the track we will raise questions about the practical application of collaborative research as well as questions about how results from such research is appreciated and utilised in academia and industry. 
 
We welcome contributions from, for instance, interaction designers, who collaboratively research product interaction; design anthropologists, who study practices of use and design through interventions; conversation analysts, who study interactions with social objects; innovation and product development researchers, who focus on practices in industry; operations management and production researchers, who study design and operation of industrial production systems; work organisation researchers who focus on interrelationships between humans, technology and organisation.
 
Papers are invited that address results from studies where collaborative research methods have been used, experiences from the use of results from such methods, comparisons with other methods, and development of improved collaborative research methods. Contributions from both academics and practitioners are most welcome.

Track Chairs 

 

Glenn Johansson

Glenn Johansson

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 

Kristina Säfsten

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 

Jacob Buur

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.