Monthly Archives: April 2012

Gagné, R.M. and Smith, E.C. Jr. (1962) A study of the effects of verbalization on problem solving. Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 12-18.

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Gagné and Smith present some studies they have made on the effects of verbalization on solving succeeding similar problems, and compare their results on the studies of others. They start their article by presenting some studies in which it is … Continue reading

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GOULD, J.D., BOIES, S.J., AND LEWIS, C. 1991. Making usable, useful, productivity-enhancing computer applications. Communications of the ACM 34, 1, 74

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Gould, Boies and Lewis (1991) elaborate on their own rules by emphasizing the need to act out the design for usability principles as a process, and by adding a fourth rule “Integrated design”. With integrated design the authors reach towards … Continue reading

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Duncker, K. (1945; original in German 1935) On problem solving. Psychological Monographs, Vol. 58, No. 270, pp. i-113.

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Karl Duncker made a series of empirical studies on problem-solving in 1925-40. The problems were mostly mathematical problems, but many of the findings apply to other kinds of problems as well. For a usability researcher, the most interesting findings relate … Continue reading

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Ericsson, K.A. & Simon, H.A. (1980) Verbal reports as data. Psychological Review, Vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 215-251.

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Ericsson, K.A. & Simon, H.A. (1980) Verbal reports as data. Psychological Review, Vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 215-251. Ericsson and Simon aimed to show in their article that verbal reports are data and can offer valuable information about the cognitive … Continue reading

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Barker, P. (2008) How Social Media Is Transforming Employee Communications at Sun Microsystems, Global Business and Organizational Excellence, vol. 27 (4). pp. 6-14

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As suspected based on the author’s title and paper’s title, this was quite commercial paper. But is has concerete examples how Sun uses social media. They started from the idea of turning traditional top-down communication upside down. Also their global … Continue reading

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Zhang, S. et al. (2004) A review of Internet-based product information sharing and visualization, Computers in Industry, 54, 1-15

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The paper starts from the problem that in collaborative design and manufacturing different teams and functions have heterogeneous software and hardware environments, thus moving to internet based solutions could be beneficial. I discussed the promise of PLM in my previous … Continue reading

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Sudarsan, R. et al. (2005) A product information modelin framework for product lifecycle management, Computer-Aided Design, 37, pp.1399-1411

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The concept of product lifecycle management (PLM) promises to seamlessy integrate all the information produced throughout all phases of the product’s lifecycle to everyone in the organization and supplier & customers. However, PLM focuses heavily on information systems, and how … Continue reading

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GOULD, J.D. AND LEWIS, C. 1985. Designing for usability: key principles and what designers think. Communications of the ACM 28, 3, 300-311

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Legends of UCD Gould and Lewis reported their famous Key principles for Design. These were later extended and adapted to most of our standards etc. I’d say a truly seminal work, and a solid start for any historic reminiscence. Three … Continue reading

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Porter, M. The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy. Harward Business Review, January 2008. pp 78-93.

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This Porter’s article is about industry analysis as part of strategy work. In the article Porter defines understanding and coping with competition as core task of the strategist. According to Porter, understanding competition means understanding five different competitive forces: direct … Continue reading

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Longhurst, B. (2007) Cultural change and ordinary life, McGraw-Hill, Bershire, Chapters 3 and 4

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I read these chapters to find information on how media has changed our behaviour. It was not one of my favorites to read since it did not have too many concrete examples, but rather high-level concepts. It did mention that … Continue reading

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Star, L. (2010) This is Not a Boundary Object: Reflections on the origins of a Concept, Science, Technology & Human Values, 35(5), pp.601-617

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I was expecting to find clear definition of what are boundary objects and what are not. However I found it to be a reflective paper on one’s research career. Still, it did have some interesting points. Paper states that the … Continue reading

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Dourish, P. (2004) Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction. Chapter 5. Foundations. pp 127-154.

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The fifth chapter aims to turn the so far quite abstract and academic discussion to more concrete and design oriented one. The chapter aims to open up the notion of embodiment, explore what it brings together, and relate it to … Continue reading

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Boztepe, S. (2007) User Value: Competing theories and models. International Journal of Design, 1(2), 55-63.

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Boztepe’s article provides an overview of different theories and models relating to value and relevant for design. The paper aims to cover definitions of value, types and properties of user value, and methodological approaches to value. The main contribution to … Continue reading

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IMP Group, (1982)International Marketing and Purchasing of Industrial goods -An interaction approach, Chapter 2 An interaction approach

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This chapter of the book presents the interaction model and it four basic elements: the interaction process, the participants, the environment and the atmosphere. Chapter focuses on th decription of buyer-seller relationships. The relationships consist of episodes that involve product/service, … Continue reading

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Dourish, P. (2004) Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction. Chapter 4. “Being-in-the-World”: Embodied Interaction. pp 99-126.

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The fourth chapter of the book defines the concept of embodied interaction and brings together the themes of social and tangible computing through a quite heavy philosophical discussion. The core message of the chapter is the definition of embodied interaction … Continue reading

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Turnbull et al. (1996) Interaction, relationships and networks in business markets: an evolving perspective, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, 11 (3), pp.44-62

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This paper takes an management view on the buyer-seller relationship, whereas my own research takes the communication web perspective. It looks at the evolution of the buyer-seller relationship research. I found some links to my research: The development of relationship … Continue reading

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Dourish, P. (2004) Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction. Chapter 3. Social Computing. pp 55-97.

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The third chapter of the book focuses on the second basis for embodied interaction approach/paradigm, i.e. social computing. By social computing Dourish means “the application of sociological understanding to the design of interactive systems”. Sociology is a broad field. Thus … Continue reading

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Michael E. Porter. What is Strategy? Harvard Business Review (Nov-Dec 1996)

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Porter explains modern (from 1996 point of view) strategy with a light grip. He goes through different drawbacks in businesses using a few examples. Porter goes to great lengths showing how it is not enough for a company to optimize … Continue reading

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