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

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James K Stewart

Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh; European Union - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

Laurence Claeys

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Stewart, James K. and Claeys, Laurence, Problems and Opportunities of Interdisciplinary Work Involving Users in Speculative Research for Innovation of Novel ICT Applications (2011). Chapter 6 in New Media Technologies and User Empowerment, edited by Jo Pierson, Enid Mante-Meijer, and Eugène Loos, 101–122. Peter Lang, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176796

James K. Stewart (Contact Author)

Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old Surgeons Hall
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1LZ
United Kingdom

European Union - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) ( email )

Edificio Expo, C
Inca Garcilaso, s/n
Sevilla, E-41092
Spain

Laurence Claeys

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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