Design Research through the Lens of Sociology of Technology

Hilde Østerås Berntsen (Invited author), Rikke Seim (Invited author)

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    The use of an approach to design research inspired by Sociology of Technology offers a nuanced understanding of design processes. The purpose of this paper is to explore how terminology derived from the socio-technical theory of Actor Network (ANT) can be used to understand the complexity of design processes by viewing these processes as building and alignment of networks. The applicability of ANT in design research is demonstrated in an analysis of an action research based case study. In this case study a socio-technical approach called “workspace design” is employed in a process of re-design of existing workspace and work practice in an industrial company. The case study (i) illustrates a socio-technical approach to design research and (ii) shows how ANT terminology can be applied in an analysis of the course of events in a design process with numerous actors involved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDesign Semiotics in Use : SeFun International Seminar 2007
    Place of PublicationHelsinki, Finland
    Publication date2007
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventSeFun International Seminar : 6th Nordcode Seminar & Workshop - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …
    Conference number: 6


    ConferenceSeFun International Seminar : 6th Nordcode Seminar & Workshop
    CityHelsinki, Finland
    Period01/01/2007 → …


    • Design Research
    • Actor Network Theory (ANT)
    • Sociology of Technology
    • Workspace Design


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