Problems and Opportunities of Interdisciplinary Work Involving Users in Speculative Research for Innovation of Novel ICT Applications
Chapter 6 in New Media Technologies and User Empowerment, edited by Jo Pierson, Enid Mante-Meijer, and Eugène Loos, 101–122. Peter Lang, 2011
23 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2012
Date Written: 2011
In this article we focus upon some challenges of multidisciplinary teams working interdisciplinary in research for innovation of novel ICT applications. We start by defining some general challenges of especially social scientists when working interdisciplinary. The formulated challenges are grounded in our personal experiences. In the next part of the article we focus upon research methods that are used when involving users in the research of novel ICT applications. We shortly describe the different methods and the value they have for social scientists, designers, marketing people and engineers. In the latest part of the article we argument why, from our opinion, using this speculative research methods involving users can help facilitating interdisciplinary work.
Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, innovation, speculative research, creativity, user, method, design, industry, academy, applications
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