Design expertise in three different collaborative practices

Maaike Kleinsmann, Rianne Valkenburg, Janneke Sluijs

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    The work field of designers is changing drastically. A designer is not only a creator of products and technical artifacts, moreover he is an entrepreneurial designer who inspires and enables business innovation on a strategic level. The essence of design is the creation of a vision about tomorrow's world with all its aspects. Important here is that all different aspects need to become connected via collaboration with many different stakeholders. Only if this is done successfully, value for all stakeholders is created and the innovation will become a success. This makes collaboration a crucial aspect of today's innovations. Since we do not have much knowledge about the nature of this collaboration, we questioned in this paper if we could specify and identify design collaboration. We interviewed 33 practitioners in various fields about the application of their design expertise. We found three different collaborative practices with their own identity because they differ with respect to their knowledge sharing and - integrating processes and because design expertise is used differently.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13)
    Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Harmonies, Vol.7: Human Behaviour in Design
    EditorsU. Lindemann, S. Venkataraman, Y.S. Kim
    PublisherDesign Society
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-50-6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
    Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 19 Aug 201322 Aug 2013

    Publication series

    NameEdit ICED series of conferences
    VolumeDS 75-7


    Conference19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013
    Abbreviated titleICED 13
    Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
    Other"Design for Harmonies"


    • Design collaboration
    • Design expertise
    • Innovation
    • Interviews


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