Reference : What do we need to say about a design method?
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What do we need to say about a design method?
Gericke, Kilian mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Engineering Research Unit >]
Eckert, Claudia []
Stacey, Martin []
Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design
the Design Society
Claudia Eckert
from 20-08-2017 to 24-08-2017
the Design Society
[en] Product Development ; Design methodology ; Design method
[en] Method development is one of the raisons d’etre of engineering design research and method uptake by industry is perceived as an important success criterion.
This paper argues that one of the problems with methods is the lack of clarity about what is actually proposed to industry and the academic community when a new method is put forward, in terms of how detailed, strict, precise and rigorous the method is and what it can deliver.
This paper puts the concept of method in the context of related concepts and proposes a multi-level model of the elements of a method to argue that a contribution on each of these levels can be of value and that the introduction of methods can fail on each of these levels.
Implications thereof for industry and academia are discussed, concluding that a clear description of methods and their intended use is important for enabling proper validation of each of the method’s elements and for communicating methods to academia and industry.
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