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Students' comprehension of design collaborations with external organizations
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (Information Design Research Group)
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9057-0063
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19), 2019, p. 579-588Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This pilot study examines how design students comprehend collaborations with external organizations— the roles and involvement of different actors in a design process. The study looks at two undergraduate courses where a total of 33 design students collaborate with a municipality and governmental agency. Data focuses on the students' terminology in regard to the external organizations and is collected through questionnaires, voice recording, workshops and written assignments. The data analysis is both quantitative and qualitative, focusing on the word frequency and semantics of the terminology. The results show that the students were not used to working closely to external organizations. This is reflected in the prevalent use of the term "client" instead of "collaborative partner". Not working closely with organizations nor users is reflected in the students’ inabilities to handle the complexities that emerge when working with multiple stakeholder and users. At the end of the paper, suggestions are made of ways to develop students’ comprehension of ways to involve external organizations and users in the design process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. p. 579-588
Keywords [en]
Design education, Design process, User centred design
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Innovation and Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45308DOI: 10.1017/dsi.2019.62OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-45308DiVA, id: diva2:1354769
Conference
22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
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MDH Living LabAvailable from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved

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