Supporting Multiple Stakeholders in the Design of more Sustainable and Systemic Solutions: The Case of the Sustainable Sports Car

By Fiona Jayne Samantha Coley and Mark Lemon.

Published by The Design Collection

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As contemporary society is changing both rapidly and profoundly so is the demand for new products, services and more holistic and sustainable solutions. Incremental changes to current designs are no longer sufficient for modern day living and so it appears that radical, innovative step changes are required to fulfil increasing and emerging consumer needs. Recent trends within design research have highlighted the integration of multiple stakeholders from various disciplines as providing a contribution to the design and development of more sustainable and holistic solutions. However, literature has revealed a substantial gap in knowledge surrounding the collaborative process that stakeholders must follow and additionally an understanding of attributing factors that might influence this process. This paper presents case study research from the automotive industry and documents the subsequent development of a comprehensive framework that is intended to support multiple stakeholders in the innovative design of more sustainable and holistic solutions. Observational techniques have enabled the researcher to identify and explore issues including stakeholder integration, shared architecture and ownership within the context of a multi-disciplinary and systemic design process.

Keywords: Design, Stakeholders, Multidisciplinary, Systemic Thinking, Sustainability

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.27-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 653.243KB).

Fiona Jayne Samantha Coley

Doctoral Researcher, Department of Sustainable Systems, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK

Fiona graduated from Loughborough University with a BA (hons) in Industrial Design and Technology in 2003. During her studies she developed an interest in the psychology of design. She went on to complete an MSc by Research at Cranfield University in 2005 which involved the exploration of the cognitive behaviour of cost and design engineers. To further her interests in the relationship between the social sciences and the discipline of design, Fiona continued her studies at Cranfield and began a PhD in January 2006. Her PhD explores the integration of multiple stakeholders for the design of more sustainable and holistic solutions. The LIFECar project, in collaboration with 6 industrial partners, is a venture to design and manufacture a zero emission, hydrogen fueled sports car. This is being used as a case study for the identification of organizational attributes required for successful whole system design. In her spare time Fiona enjoys traveling, cooking and taking part in more extreme sports including skiing, water skiing and bungee jumping. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family and listening to live music.

Mark Lemon

De Montfort University, UK

Mark Lemon is a social scientist with the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University Leicester. He has a background in community development and construction and research interests that cover the need for systemic thinking particularly as it relates to the interface between the built and natural environments. Within this broad area he has focused on the factors that influence organisational culture, knowledge management and the way that multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams define and respond to specific environmental problems. He has a particular interest in the characteristics of integrative research and the development of transdisciplinary skills and has published extensively in this area. Dr. Lemon has undertaken and managed cross-disciplinary qualitative research within environmental projects for European and UK research agencies and commercial organisations. He has also designed a Systems Approach to Environmental Management teaching module that has been incorporated into several postgraduate degree courses and has supervised a wide range of research degrees in socio-technical aspects of the environment.


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