Reflection-For-Action: A Collaborative Approach to the Design of a Future Factory [chapter]

Åsa Nilsson, Stina Johansson
2010 Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics Series  
This paper describes a collaborative process of designing a concept of a future factory, in a three-year research project called "the Future Factory". In the paper we aim at presenting our approach and some results from the same. We argue for a resumed discussion on future work organizations, and do so through the project aim of designing a conceptual future factory. The Future Factory project may be considered somewhat different from traditional research projects, since it includes a design
more » ... ncludes a design team consisting entirely of women. The reason for this is that Swedish manufacturing industry is heavily male-dominated in numbers, and solutions based only on their ideas thus risk being incomplete or unilateral. The approach of the project encompasses multiple perspectives of values of industrial organizations. The main method has been participatory workshops sessions, in which we have explored contents of future factories together with our stakeholders. Our joint proposal includes aspects of gender awareness, participation in change processes, control of work situations; continuous learning and development in order to become both an attractive and efficient future factory.
doi:10.1201/ebk1439835074-3 fatcat:w54spde3wrdezpkjiszaspfnui