Ola Pilerot from the Swedish School of Library and Information Science made his doctoral dissertation Design researchers’ information sharing: the enactment of a discipline publicly available today at the library. He will be defending his dissertation April 25 in E310 at 1pm. The opponent will be Dr David K Allen från Leeds University Business School, Leeds, UK.
The dissertation is about design researchers’ information sharing practices. One of the main results is that information sharing is stregthening and helping to create a discipline.
“This thesis is about information sharing in interdisciplinary research practices. It reports one conceptual and three empirical studies. The studies have been conducted through focusing on the field of design research, and in particular on a Nordic network of design researchers. From a practice-based perspective, the exploration of the study object oscillates between three nested and interconnected frames. The main contribution of this thesis is that it illustrates how activities of information sharing not only contribute to, but actually play a central role in the shaping of the practice of design research. It is shown how information sharing works as a contributor to the development, maintenance and shaping of practices in 1) design research as it is conducted in the Nordic network; 2) in the field of design research; and 3) within interdisciplinary research. Without losing sight of the empirical material, the theoretical analysis has made it possible to illuminate the connection between activities of sharing and the enactment of a discipline. Through analysis and discussion of the four studies as a whole, the reciprocal relationship between information sharing and the area of design research is elucidated. It is shown how information sharing, as it emerges in this interdisciplinary practice, functions as a unifying force towards the probable goal of establishing a discipline.”