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Volker Wulf, Volkmar Pipek, David Randall, Markus Rohde, Kjeld Schmidt, and Gunnar Stevens

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198733249.001.0001

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Toward Transferability in Grounded Design

Toward Transferability in Grounded Design

Comparing Two Design Case Studies in Firefighting

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(p.459) 15 Toward Transferability in Grounded Design
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Socio-Informatics
Author(s):

Matthias Betz

Volker Wulf

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198733249.003.0016

Grounded design is a particular design-research approach applied in case studies. The approach aims to investigate social practices with the purpose of identifying and unveiling problematic aspects of that practice. In research contexts, design case studies are conducted by applying established research methods such as ethnographic field studies, participatory design, and action research. As a research approach, grounded design claims to contribute to scientific knowledge by creating a collection of documented cases that is accessible for a further comprehensive and overarching analysis. This chapter provides an example of such a study through a comparison of two design case studies in the field of civil security research, in the context of firefighting: the Landmarke project and the Koordinator project. In addition, this chapter addresses the transferability of design case studies.

Keywords:   grounded design, firefighting, transferability, design case study, comparison

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