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Author Zurlo, Francesco, author

Title Designing pilot projects as boundary objects : a Brazilian case study in the promotion of sustainable design / Francesco Zurlo, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim Nunes
Published Berlin : Springer, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 112 pages) : illustrations (colour)
Series SpringerBriefs in applied sciences and technology. PoliMI SpringerBriefs
SpringerBriefs in applied sciences and technology. PoliMI SpringerBriefs.
Contents Preface; Acknowledgments; Contents; Acronyms; 1 Introduction; Abstract ; 1.1 MODU. Lares: A Design Pilot Project Experience; References; 2 Research Design; Abstract ; 2.1 Problem; 2.2 Assumption and Questions; 2.3 Methodology; 2.3.1 Research Process; 2.3.2 Action-Research Phase; 2.3.3 Literature Review and Conceptual Framework; 2.3.4 Assessment Tool; References; 3 The MP Assessment Tool; Abstract ; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Explaining the MP Assessment Tool; 3.2.1 Environmental Indicator (EvP); Specific Environmental Issues Analyzed; 3.2.2 Technological Indicator (TcP) Specific Technological Issues Analized3.2.3 Socio-Cultural Indicator (ScP); Specific Socio-Cultural Issues Analyzed; 3.2.4 Economic Indicator (EcP); Specific Economic Issues Analyzed; 3.2.5 Organizational Indicator (OrP); Specific Organizational Issues Analyzed; 3.3 Mapping the MSEs' Profiles; References; 4 Theoretical Background; Abstract ; 4.1 Literature Review; 4.1.1 Collaboration and Innovation Within Networks; 4.1.2 Innovation and the Role of Pilot Projects; 4.1.3 Knowledge at the Boundaries; 4.1.4 Transition Towards a Sustainable Co-production Value
5.3 Innovation Within ICoNs Through Design5.3.1 The Role of Design; 5.3.2 Design Management Perspective; 5.3.3 Pilot Projects as Strategy to Foster Innovation; 5.4 Boundary Objects as a Bridge to Knowledge and Innovation; 5.4.1 Working at the Boundaries; Effective Boundary Objects; 5.5 Transition Towards Sustainability; 5.5.1 Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems; References; 6 Design and the Furniture Industry in Brazil; Abstract ; 6.1 A Historical Overview; 6.2 The Brazilian Design System; 6.3 Design Management in Brazilian Enterprises; 6.4 The Wooden Furniture Industry
6.4.1 General Aspects6.4.2 Sustainability Aspects in Brazilian Companies; 6.4.3 Challenges for the Brazilian Furniture Industry; References; 7 The Context of Intervention in Brazil; Abstract ; 7.1 The Furniture Sector of UberlândiaMG; 7.2 Challenges for a Sustainable ICoN Scenario; References; 8 Design Pilot Project Strategy; Abstract ; 8.1 The MODU. Lares Project Definition; 8.1.1 Prototyping Phase; 8.2 MODU. Lares Project as a Boundary Object; References; 9 Research Findings; Abstract ; 9.1 MODU. Lares Project Analysis; 9.1.1 Effectiveness as a Collaborative Project; Meetings
Summary This book describes a collaborative Design Pilot Project held in Brazil (called MODU. Lares) involving micro and small enterprises and other actors in the furniture sector. The experience was based on an action research method and evaluated by using a tool, in order to assess the value of pilot project as a boundary object capable of fostering innovation and sustainability. The impact of the Design Pilot Project in triggering change in a fragmented local system with a poor environmental and social record, as well as management and innovation issues, were assessed with the help of the same tool, taking into account environmental, technological, economic, sociocultural, and organizational indicators. The collaborative network established was chiefly based on four elements: prototypes, meetings, exhibitions and the Pilot Project (as an overall process). The results indeed demonstrate that a Design Pilot Project can be a valid instrument for establishing a collaborative environment that promotes sustainability and innovation, particularly in contexts with a weak associative culture. Such collaborative projects can constitute the first step in a design policy cycle in developing countries, contributing to the definition of ideas and objectives among local stakeholders, minimizing the risks of failure, and increasing the chances of receiving governmental support
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Design Pilot Project (Brazil)
Sustainable design -- Brazil -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Nunes, Viviane dos Guimarães Alvim, author
ISBN 3319231413 (electronic bk.)
9783319231419 (electronic bk.)