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Designing emotion-centred Product Service Systems: the case of a cancer care facility

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Design Studies
Volume40
Number of pages34
Pages (from-to)85-118
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date5/07/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Product Service Systems (PSS) designers are increasingly signaling the importance of emotion. However, emotion is yet to be theoretically and empirically studied in PSS design. This paper offers a conceptual model as well as an in-depth field study of the design of an emotion-centred PSS. While the analysis is inductive, it draws on related concepts from structural appraisal theory and structuration theory to further conceptualise the findings. The notion of ‘emotional chain reactions’ in the stimulation of user agency is put forward, producing implications for PSS design theory and practice. For the latter we suggest an emotion-based blueprinting technique.