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SV: Beyond academia

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Birger Sevaldson <[log in to unmask]>

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PhD-Design - This list is for discussion of PhD studies and related research in Design <[log in to unmask]>

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Dear Ken
There are several questions you have asked and I am getting behind answering them all.
1) what is my understanding of basic research
2) have the companies taken any risks when doing research projects
3) where to find the list of theses
There were more also?

I will try to answer some of these in my limited window of time this morning starting with the last one.

3) first where to find the publications. I couldn't agree more that this could be better
AHO is a small institution but working on these issues constantly. We are approx 600 students and 125 of them are design students. approx 40 PhD candidates and
Recently our nice library launched a open access repository to get to the texts.
You can find it here: http://brage.bibsys.no/aho/browse?type=title

Off course some slow individuals like me have not signed the papers yet so it is not complete yet so this is in the making at the moment. But this looks very promising and will be complete in a while.

another list is found here: http://www.aho.no/en/RD/Publications/Theses/
It is a list of the hard copies to buy.

The annual research catalogues of AHO are available here (only Norwegian) http://www.aho.no/en/RD/Publications/Research-catalogues/

Also the CRISTIN system is the national base. Here one can get listing of individual authors production. It should also list institutions and research units but that does not work yet. It is a bit clunky. 
http://www.cristin.no/english/

In the end the library is the last option. They are very helpful and professional and would provide you with the information.

2) About the research projects at Institute for Design the design research center:
The institute has a student base of 125 and at the time 10 PhD candidates.
The project span across many subfields of design from cultural to technological. Many of them are financed in the Norwegian Research Council and its different programs. http://www.forskningsradet.no/en/Home_page/1177315753906

some of these programs require a company partner and others don't, like the VERDIKT program
How much and what kind of resources the companies have to deliver varies between the programs.
Within the projects on the AHO site there are projects with big partners like Telenor, Norsk Tipping and others especially in the service design projects.
The Center for Service Innovation is a big collaboration http://csi.nhh.no/

Then i will give some information on one of the projects i know best:
The Ulstein Bridge Concept project (UBC)
When i wrote the application to the research council together with a few people here at AHO we where competing against over 100 other entries from very established maritime research and development units who had a long time experience form the MAROFF program (maritime and offshore). Only around 10 % were successful.

Since then this project has made the headlines in the sector of maritime and offshore innovation. 
It has been used by the company for positioning in the sector as a mayor innovator. 

Most of what is going on is classified and i cant tell but the trailer here should give an idea.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGDrdbsLV_8

The program requires 50% company financing.
The budget was 13 million NOK over four years (approx 2 million dollars)
But since then the company has doubled or tripled that money.
While the NRF fundet project has three employers the total project now has 15

The risk is total, meaning like in any other strategic research and development project. No special tax benefits , like in the skattefunn system but I'm not aware of all the details. 
The gain is on many fronts and the project moves ahead in a high tempo.

Why have we succeeded to such a degree in such a short time in a sector that is highly competitive and a field where Norway is at the cutting edge. We had little previous experience from the field.
The answer is that design brings different ways, different questions, different communication and fresh ideas.
And notice: this is in a field where risk , danger, security is in the forefront.
Also big systemic challenges like the regulations, classification systems, production, sub-supliers etc.
The project has still to prove its self but the company already has gained immensely from the project. The project has delivered what it is supposed to deliver at this stage and more, and the project does not have to deliver implementation but we aim at that also.

Now i have to run, a very bussy Saturday is waiting.
The other questions have to wait, sorry for that.





Birger Sevaldson (PhD, MNIL)
Professor at Institute of Design
Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Norway
www.birger-sevaldson.no
www.systemsorienteddesign.net
www.ocean-designresearch.net
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Fra: PhD-Design - This list is for discussion of PhD studies and related research in Design [[log in to unmask]] p&#229; vegne av Ken Friedman [[log in to unmask]]
Sendt: 24. mars 2013 01:50
Til: [log in to unmask]
Emne: Re: Beyond academia

Re: Beyond academia

Hi, Birger,

Thanks. I did look at the site -- that’s why I asked the questions I asked.

The site is visually attractive, and quite impressive at the top level, but there seems to be little available content other than titles, descriptions, and abstracts. The list of publication titles – conference papers, articles, book chapters, exhibitions, theses, – is long, and the listing seems to be purely chronological with no way to search or organize by type of publication. By scrolling item-by-item, I eventually found the titles of completed thesis projects, but there are no links on the AHO web site to read the actual theses. Instead, you get links to author pages and thesis titles. Some authors make the thesis available if you drill down five levels to an external link, but many don’t. To read these, people must order paper copies (!) from AHO.

In the 1970s, I did some massive studies on the comprehensive database of North American PhD thesis project comparing abstracts to the actual content of theses. I was doing some consulting to University Microfilms International, now ProQuest, the central database where PhD graduates from all North American universities file a copy of their PhD thesis and the abstract. One could rarely tell from the abstract whether the thesis was significant or useful. A thesis might demonstrate the level of skills needed to earn a PhD, but nevertheless have little to say. This is related to the long-standing fact that 25% of all PhD graduates never publish after completing the PhD, while 50% of all PhD graduates publish once and once only after completing the PhD.

I am not agreeing or disagreeing with your comments on the AHO doctoral program.

I am saying that the AHO web site does not give enough well organized information to allow anyone to reach a conclusion without visiting AHO or ordering paper copies of doctoral theses.

Yours,

Ken

Ken Friedman, PhD, DSc (hc), FDRS | University Distinguished Professor | Swinburne University of Technology | Melbourne, Australia | [log in to unmask] | Mobile +61 404 830 462 | Home Page http://www.swinburne.edu.au/design/people/Professor-Ken-Friedman-ID22.html Academia Page http://swinburne.academia.edu/KenFriedman About Me Page http://about.me/ken_friedman

Guest Professor | College of Design and Innovation | Tongji University | Shanghai, China


Birger Sevaldson wrote:

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Meanwhile the link I gave and AHOs website has info on program research and published theses.

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