Valid knowledge for the professional design of large and complex design processes

J.E. Aken, van

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The organization and planning of design processes, which we may regard as design process design, is an important issue. Especially for large and complex design-processes traditional approaches to process design may no longer suffice. The design literature gives quite some design process models. As prescriptive knowledge these models may support a more professional approach to process design. However their impact on the practice of process design is still too limited. The reasons for this may include that the potential of professional process design to produce effective and efficient design processes is still underestimated as well as the potential of prescriptive design knowledge to support that professional process design. In this article I intend to contribute to a better understanding of these potentials by analysing the nature of prescriptive design knowledge, the way it can be used to produce sound design processes and an approach to develop prescriptive process-design knowledge. I will describe prescriptive design knowledge in terms of field-tested and grounded solution concepts and the impact of their application on actual design processes through a dual redesign process. And I will discuss the multiple case-study as an approach to develop field-tested and grounded solution concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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