Objects of Design: Activity Theory as an analytical framework for Design and Social Innovation

Tjahja, Cyril, Yee, Joyce and Aftab, Mersha (2017) Objects of Design: Activity Theory as an analytical framework for Design and Social Innovation. In: DMA 2017 - The Design Management Academy Conference, 7th - 9th June 2017, Hong Kong, China.

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Design and social innovation is a developing field of study. The current lack of critical analysis of initiatives and the dominance of insights and methods from European cases in academic literature are not sufficient to construct an image that could be considered as comprehensive. This paper aims to address both issues by introducing Activity Theory as an analytical framework, as its ability to examine phenomena in their native context through multiple perspectives is considered to be well-suited to study design and social innovation initiatives. The analysis of data obtained during a field study investigating three social initiatives in Bangkok contributed to understanding how they work and why they exist, in addition to highlighting the influence of the Thai social and cultural context on the role of design in the social innovation process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: design and social innovation; activity theory; Thailand; methodology
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Cyril Tjahja
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2019 10:06
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 10:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37763

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