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Subject:

La Clusaz Post Conference Workshops

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Ken Friedman <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 15 May 2000 08:13:27 +0200

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Have you signed up for a post-conference workshop ?

There will be four post-conference workshops following the conference on
Doctoral Education in Design. Workshop participation is included in the
conference fee.

Judith Gregory will lead a full-day workshop on July 13 on activity theory.

John Langrish will offer two half-day workshops on July 13, one on thesis
writing, and one on doctoral supervision. These two workshops together make
a one-day track on two central issues of doctoral education in design.

Anders Skoe will led a two-day workshop on July 13 and 14 on behavior
design. This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

When you book your hotel accommodations and make your travel arrangements,
please allow for workshop participation.

Please let me know which workshop you wish to attend by signing up at
<[log in to unmask]>.

If you have already registered for a workshop, no need to sign up again. I
have it in my file.

For those subscribers to Ph.D. Design who are not attending the conference,
please be aware that these workshops are part of the conference. This is
not a general announcement.

Ken Friedman


---> Workshop on Activity Theory

Judith Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Informatics
University of Oslo

All day workshop, 13 July

Activity theory has been an increasingly significant topic of inquiry in
research fields from design research and computer assisted architectural
design to management studies and information science. Despite the growing
interested in activity theory, little of the important literature is
available in English.

Judith Gregory is an expert in activity theory who used the theoretical
framework, core concepts, methodological principles, and research methods
in her own doctoral work at University of California. Her conference paper
and workshop will explore issues and their implications for critical design
practices and doctoral education in design.

The workshop will deepen Gregory's description of essential concepts in
activity theory. These include the mediated and collaborative nature of
human activity in situated contexts, organized around the notion of the
activity system, organizational, and cultural-historical communities of
practice. Another concept particularly significant to design is the use and
creation of artifacts that are simultaneously material-semiotic and ideal.

Among methodological principles, activity theory emphasizes: following
complex shared objects (motives) through time (developmentally); detailed
analysis of practices (e.g., interaction analysis of video documentation,
conversation analysis); intermediate concept construction (between
theoretically informed concepts and field data); creating resources for
reflecting on practices, design, and interventions; and "looking for
trouble" (regarding discoordination, disruptions, and breakdowns as
opportunities for creative problem-solving).

The workshop will involve the dynamic presentation of the three areas of
core concepts, methodological principles, and compatibility. Gregory will
present recent cases of fruitful combinations between activity theory and
other conceptual approaches.


---> The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing a PhD: Problem to Avoid

John Langrish, Ph.D.
Director of the Postgraduate
Faculty of Art and Design
Manchester Metropolitan University

Morning, July 13

John Langrish has supervised over thirty PhD degrees in art and design and
examined over forty.

>From this experience, he has constructed a list of 'seven deadly sins.' The
list begins with 1) plagiarism, 2) polemic, and 3) 'shouldism.' The
Langrish workshop will include opportunities to identify these seven
failings in examples of student work that demonstrate what 'sinful' writing
is.

In discussing the original seven deadly sins, Thomas Aquinas stated that
the best way to combat sin is to concentrate on the opposite virtue.
Perhaps that is how he became a saint.

The Langrish workshop will also focus on the virtues of the PhD. These
virtues include originality, reasoned argument, and relevance.

These virtues are contrasted against the seven sins to concentrate on the
positive aspects of doctoral development. They become more important when
seen against the background of the 'seven deadly sins.'


---> Supervising the Supervisors

John Langrish, Ph.D.
Director of the Postgraduate
Faculty of Art and Design
Manchester Metropolitan University

Afternoon, July 13

Nearly every University provides formal courses for research students. Few
support for potential supervisors.

This workshops is an opportunity to discuss essential issues in supervision:

1) There is no such thing as 'best practice.' 2) There are many supervisory
'styles.' 3) The only rule is that both supervisor and student should have
a clear expectation of each other's requirements. 4) Several common
problems cause research students to drop out. Many of these can be solved.
5) Some doctoral supervision is inadequate. Is quality control of
supervision the answer? 6) Workshop participants will propose additional
discussion themes.


---> Designing Human Behavior

Anders Skoe
President
Interactive Coaching Services - ICS
Geneva

Two-day workshop, 13 and 4 July

Design has grown to encompass services as well as products. In doing so,
design has moved beyond static design in two or three spatial dimensions.
Design now inhabits a non-spatial dimension, time. Increasingly, design
also involves behavior as a dimension beyond the physical dimensions of
space-time.

Behavior design has many aspects. Between an organization and its clients,
it involves the behavioral interface between front office employees and
company customers. Within service firms - including design firms - it also
involves problem solving, strategy development, company culture, and
organizational learning.

This workshop will explore this new area of design. Workshop participants
will learn about behavior design and develop behavioral coaching skills.
This includes understanding how to design behavior based on the unique,
existing personalities of organization members, along with understanding
cross-cultural issues, universally accepted behaviors and their impact on
people. The workshop will stimulate ideas for research and explore ways to
teach behavior design at the university level.

Day 1 - Theme: Service Behaviors. This day will present the workshop plan.
The day's activities will include: who's who among participants, mental
preparation, service management, customer contact employees as product
producers, a service is ephemeral - and consumed as it is produced,
employees produce the service in interaction with customers, considering
appropriate behavior, creating strong, effective corporate cultures.

Day 2 - Theme: Leadership and Coaching. This day's activities will include:
day plan, reflection on day 1, customer - employee role plays, feedback and
suggestions from colleagues, feedback and suggestions from workshop leader,
some behavioral psychology models and theory, dialogue on research areas,
dialogue on teaching opportunities, action plans, workshop evaluation.

Anders Skoe has worked as an executive in Telecom Canada, SAS Airlines, and
the International Airline Transport Association. He now consults to
telecommunication, information, airline and design firms.




--



Ken Friedman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design
Department of Knowledge Management
Norwegian School of Management

+47 22.98.51.07 Direct line
+47 22.98.51.11 Telefax

Home office:

+46 (46) 53.245 Telephone
+46 (46) 53.345 Telefax

email: [log in to unmask]




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