PhD Position in System Oriented Design – Designing for very complex systems at AHO Norway
Systems Oriented Design
Systems Oriented Design (SOD) is a subject developed at AHO in the emerging field of Systemic Design. It is a designerly way of dealing with systems and systems thinking. Its aim is to help designers and researchers to become better at coping with very complex situations. SOD is an overarching methodology that reaches across all design fields and specializations from products to services, and beyond the design field.
Theory building – A PhD field for SOD
SOD aims to develop new methodologies. It draws from a vast literature in the two fields of design and systems thinking concerning reflection in practice, design thinking, visual thinking and gestalt theory, soft systems theory, systems architecting, systems engineering, critical systems thinking as well as parts of systems dynamics and second order cybernetics. Most importantly, these methodologies relate to practice-based research. Theory development here is bottom up through research by (and through) design, fieldwork, and methods related to action research and enquiry grounded in real life experiences.
The PhD project should develop SOD methodology and practice further to meet the challenges from high-level complexity defined as multiple nested and interlinked “problematiques” or problem networks, involving multiple owners and affecting a range of bystanders, stakeholders and other actors.
The research will be conducted within SOD’s research, teaching and the case of the Stimulab Program and project portfolio.
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