Sensemaking in the Design Space: In-betweenness and Identity Construction of Design Managers

Tarja Pääkkönen, Melanie Sarantou, Satu Miettinen

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Abstract

Identities and notions of the in-betweenness of designers in management positions in Silicon Valley might be shaped by one another given changing sensemaking contexts. As organising becomes less bounded with shorter job tenures designers have been constructing their identities in interactions with diverse stakeholders. Tools, skills and values together with previous experiences
continuously shape design manager identities. This research explored design manager in-betweenness by linking it with identity construction, critical sensemaking and social constructionism. While hybrid design managers produce profits and innovations by utilising user data, they also might steer their
organisations towards more inclusive values and global responsibility. Internal struggles may follow while there is a need for open interdisciplinary reflection. A broader global understanding of the design space is suggested. Implications for education extend beyond the design field. Deeper reflection on ethics and production consequences across occupational silos enhances critical thinking,
enabling collective identity cultivation in organisational sensemaking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Design Creativity, ICDC 2020
EditorsJean-François Boujut, Gaetano Cascini, Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen, Georgi V. Georgiev, Netta Iivari
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherDesign society
Pages152-159
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254118
ISBN (Print)978-1-912254-11-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN CREATIVITY - University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Duration: 26 Aug 202028 Aug 2020
Conference number: 6

Conference

ConferenceINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN CREATIVITY
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityOulu
Period26.08.202028.08.2020

Keywords

  • identity construction
  • in-betweenness
  • design space
  • strategy
  • sensemaking
  • Design space
  • Identity construction
  • Sensemaking
  • Strategy
  • In-betweenness

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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