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The cycle of interdisciplinary learning and theory- solution building in design research 

Young-ae Hahn 

Yonsei University, South Korea

Keywords: design process and method, interdisciplinary communication, deductive learning, abductive-inductive ideation


This article discusses a new perspective on the sustainable product/service development process as an iterative cycle of interdisciplinary learning phase and theory-solution building phase. Such a perspective puts emphases on deductive or abductive-inductive communication activities between stakeholders, difference in research paradigms within which involved researchers act in, and how given information leads to useful insights for theory-building or solution-building via cognitive operations. The cycle is described with the author’s observations made during a research project, with specific cognitive activities pronounced in stakeholders’ learning and ideation activities. 

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Cite this paper: Hahn, Y. (2016). The Cycle of Interdisciplinary Learning and Theory-solution Building in Design Research. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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