Knowledge integration of and by design
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
The capability to integrate across a range of specialized knowledge bases is a crucial contemporary source of competitive advantage, and the field of knowledge integration aims at structuring the issues. The purpose of this paper is to explore the possible uses, benefits, limitations and future directions of a formal knowledge integration perspective on design management. The paper develops the concepts of management thinking and design(erly) thinking, and questions the contention. With a knowledge perspective, design management may be seen as including the capability to integrate specialized, distributed and heterogeneous knowledge bases. Consequences regarding the characteristics of scope, flexibility and efficiency of knowledge integration indicate both greater difficulties and greater possibilities. Regarding the architecture of knowledge, the integration of design indicates a functional orientation and a limited role for design, while integration by design may indicate a strategic role.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Knowledge integration, design
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121048OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-121048DiVA: diva2:851113
8:th International Workshop on Design Theory, Paris, France, January 26-27, 2015.