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Design research methods in systematic design

Jones, Peter (2014) Design research methods in systematic design. In: The Third Symposium of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD3), 15-17 Oct 2014, Oslo, Norway.

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Abstract

Systemic design is distinguished from user-oriented and service design practices in several key respects: The expansion and negotiation of system boundaries to frame the design situation, the intentional embrace of sociotechnical complexity, and strategies of systemic integration rather than market differentiation. Systemic design is concerned with higher-order socially-organized systems that encompass multiple subsystems in policy, organizational or product-service contexts. By integrating systems thinking and its methods, systemic design brings human-centered design to complex, multi-stakeholder service systems as those found in industrial networks, transportation, medicine and healthcare. It adapts from known design competencies - form and process reasoning, social and generative research methods, and sketching and visualization practices - to describe, map,
propose and reconfigure complex services and systems. The recent development of systemic design as a research-based practice draws on long-held precedents in the system sciences toward representation of complex social and enterprise systems.

A precedent article (Jones, 2014) established an axiomatic and epistemological basis for complementary principles shared between design reasoning and systems theory. The current paper aims to establish a basis for identifying shared methods (techne) and action practice (or phronesis).

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Systemic design, Design methodology, Design principles, Social systems design
Divisions: Faculty of Design
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Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 15:08
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2017 16:09
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/382

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