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Björk, Eva-Stina
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Björk, E.-S. & Ottosson, S. (2007). Aspects of consideration in product development research. Journal of engineering design (Print), 18(3), 195-207
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2007 (English)In: Journal of engineering design (Print), ISSN 0954-4828, E-ISSN 1466-1837, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 195-207Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One reason for conducting research on product development processes is to improve the usability in methods and tools for companies to be more competitive and efficient. However, the transfer of research findings over to industry has been shown to be slow and incremental, which could be seen as a result of bad usability and/or low acceptability in research findings from studies on industrial product development processes.

According to our research and practice experience, we have found that, to grasp what really happens on a daily basis in a development project, to get the opportunity to reflect upon it, and to understand the complex nature of a development process, it is necessary to conduct insider action research (IAR), which is a qualitative approach. So far, the traditional outsider perspective using a quantitative research approach has been dominant. Conducting IAR means that the researcher is present and intervenes most of the time in a development project either as project leader, team member or observer.

To improve the opportunities for implementation of research findings (which is an important issue for society as a whole) and to guarantee trust in presented research findings, IAR has proved to be efficient in the studied projects. As the research situation becomes unique for each product development process, trust in the research findings is strongly related to the presence of the researcher in the development process. Reliability and credibility in terms of provable data can be filed in diaries, email communications, and so on, and saved to be available if required.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis, 2007
Keywords
Action research, Insider action research, Product development, Research methods, Usability
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1520 (URN)10.1080/09544820600675966 (DOI)000246152600001 ()2-s2.0-33947380187 (Scopus ID)2082/1900 (Local ID)2082/1900 (Archive number)2082/1900 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-06-11 Created: 2008-06-11 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
Björk, E.-S. (2004). Insider Action Research (IAR) of product development processes. In: Horvath, I Xirouchakis, P (Ed.), TOOLS AND METHODS OF COMPETITIVE ENGINEERING Vols 1 and 2: . Paper presented at 5th International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND, APR 13-17, 2004 (pp. 1043-1052). Rotterdam: Millpress Science Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Insider Action Research (IAR) of product development processes
2004 (English)In: TOOLS AND METHODS OF COMPETITIVE ENGINEERING Vols 1 and 2 / [ed] Horvath, I Xirouchakis, P, Rotterdam: Millpress Science Publishers , 2004, p. 1043-1052Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Performing product development means to simultaneously develop product systems, production processes and marketing efforts. Product Development processes are often complex as they are time dependent and contain many inter-dependencies e.g. between parts and individuals involved Due to the complexity in these processes the methods for research on integrated product development processes need to be designed differently than traditional research methods used. The study of details of totalities can work for mechanical systems but less well for complex systems. For a deeper knowledge of complex systems substantial researcher involvement and participation in real time is essential, which Insider Action Research (IAR) is designed for. IAR can be performed from the three main positions as observer, team member or project leader. The-following conclusions have been drawn (Bjork 2003): The IAR approach is beneficial in most types of development processes and projects when the aim of the research is to achieve increased knowledge and understanding. A mix of detailed and narrative descriptions of a research project provides also practitioners with an opportunity to adopt the findings. The implementation of research results would thereby become facilitated, which is an effect that most researchers as well as practitioners would benefit from.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rotterdam: Millpress Science Publishers, 2004
Keywords
Action Research, product development, research methods
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Software Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35783 (URN)000239453500098 ()
Conference
5th International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND, APR 13-17, 2004
Available from: 2018-03-29 Created: 2018-03-29 Last updated: 2018-03-29Bibliographically approved
Ottosson, S. & Björk, E.-S. (2004). Research on dynamic systems: some considerations. Technovation, 24(11), 863-869
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Research on dynamic systems: some considerations
2004 (English)In: Technovation, ISSN 0166-4972, E-ISSN 1879-2383, Vol. 24, no 11, p. 863-869Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Dynamic systems are systems within which changes occur all the time. Such systems are organisations, innovation projects, etc. It is a well-known fact that interaction and commitment from a range of professions is needed to achieve competitive results in product development projects. Especially when innovative development is carried out, it is of the utmost importance that product developers interact intensively in every link from sub-suppliers to customers, users and society if they are not to lose important signals from any part of the chain or be unaware of important and unforeseen events that will inevitably take place during a development process. Dealing with product development therefore means dealing with complex adaptive systems for which unpredictability increases with the number of people involved and the longer the development process takes. As a consequence, researchers must consider different approaches to research in order to improve their knowledge of practical product development and to produce useful theories for practitioners acting in a dynamic world. This paper deals with such considerations. One conclusion is that the most information-intense situation is reached if researchers act as project leaders of product development projects, which is called performing Participation or Insider Action Research (IAR). This line of action does, however, present a complication in that performing IAR often demands that researchers have some practical industrial experience in advance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2004
Keywords
Action research, Complex adaptive systems, Dynamic systems, Product development, Research methods
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-277 (URN)10.1016/S0166-4972(03)00032-4 (DOI)000225003400002 ()2-s2.0-7444224716 (Scopus ID)2082/573 (Local ID)2082/573 (Archive number)2082/573 (OAI)
Available from: 2006-11-27 Created: 2006-11-27 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
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