A Design, Engineering, and Social Science Collaboration
Robert Fee, IDSA and Christine Miller, Savannah College of Art and Design
Our paper describes collaboration between industrial design and design management faculty at the Savannah College of Art and Design and an interdisciplinary research team led by faculty from the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Wayne State University. The goal of the project is to bring faculty and students together with practitioners from major corporations to address a pressing problem: tracking and managing the diffusion of innovations across complex globally distributed organizations.
In the spirit of our theme, this paper has been written in a collaborative effort that is somewhat new to both of us as authors. While one of us comes from the field of design, the other hails from an interdisciplinary domain that incorporates anthropology and management. Despite its flaws, our own understanding and perspectives have been deeply enriched through this process.