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Product Service System: Co-Designing for Social Impact
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Designing for Social Impact is an approach of social sustainability that presents an alternative way to improve living conditions in low income communities, of low income countries, by providing solutions that will enable them to meet their basic needs. Some current methods and tools used by social designers are focused on specific social aspects and often fail to engage communities to participate actively in the design processes. A non-linear Design Research Method was used to engage experts from the Design for Social Impact sector, Product Service System “PSS”, and social designers. A case study based in Gambia was used to study if “PSS” could encourage social designers to co-design with these communities as a way to promote positive solutions. Thus, strategic actions were collected from the research findings as a way to promote co-designing with involved stakeholders in low income communities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 112 p.
Keyword [en]
Design for Social Impact, Product Service System “PSS”, The Gambia, Social Sustainability, Low income communities, Strategic Sustainable Development, Co-design
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Mechanical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2446Local ID: diva2:829723
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
ING/School of Engineering +46 455 38 50 00Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2012-06-11 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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