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Title: Product design and development through knowledge transfer collaborations
Author: Crabbe, Anthony
ISNI:       0000 0001 2412 441X
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis examines case studies of product design and development practised by academics working collaboratively with industrial partners. The published papers that comprise this thesis give insights into the benefits sought by the partners in such collaborations and into the relationship between design 'practice' and 'research'. The principal case study is the design and commercial development of a system that enables patients to daily clean and disinfect their contact lenses using a microwave cooker. The first five papers introduce the challenges facing designers of contact lens care systems, which involve managing the design process in a cross disciplinary way that resolves the optometric, microbiological, materials and user issues involved. They further show the proving work necessary to get the system accepted by clinical peers and accredited as a medical device under European Community (CE) legislation. The last two papers reflect critically on the nature of such projects as instances of design research, taking into account different paradigms of knowledge and research methodology. The additional case studies in the final paper further demonstrate how the nature of the design challenge typically dictates the choice of methodology, which might come from any one of the various disciplines that involve the design process. They also indicate that what distinguishes the academic collaborator from others in a knowledge transfer scheme is a concern to make its discoveries communicable to others.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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