Design Flaws and Service System Breakdowns: Learning from Systems Thinking

  • David Ing Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Keywords: systems thinking, reframing, service systems, breakdowns

Abstract

In what ways might systems thinking be helpful to designers?  In the 21st century, the types of project with which designers have become engaged has expanded to include service systems.  Service systems are typically composites of mechanisms, organisms, human beings and ecologies.  Systems thinking is a perspective with theories, methods and practices that enables transcending disciplinary boundaries.  Application of systems thinking in designing a service system can aid in surfacing potential flaws and/or anticipating future breakdowns in functions, structures and/or processes. Designers and systems thinkers should work together to improve the nature of service systems.  As a starter set into these conversations, seven conditions are proposed as a starting context.  These conditions are presented neither as rigourously defined nor as exhaustive, but as an entry point into future joint engagement.

Author Biography

David Ing, Aalto University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Visiting scholar at Aalto University; research fellow at Hull University (UK)
Published
2014-12-16
How to Cite
Ing, D. (2014). Design Flaws and Service System Breakdowns: Learning from Systems Thinking. FormAkademisk - Research Journal of Design and Design Education, 7(4). https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.768