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Global jams and country-specific adjustments: insights from Iran

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/01/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Design Research
Issue number4
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)301-325
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date31/01/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventGlobal Sustainability Jam 2013: Just 48 hours to change the world -
Duration: 22/11/201324/11/2013


OtherGlobal Sustainability Jam 2013
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Service and sustainability jams are annual events that are being held across the globe to promote collective design-based problem solving. These events, similar to other innovation jams represent a new approach towards design which is based on collective and distributed innovation. While the online platform and the main framework of these jams are designed by the global organisers, there are always country-specific adjustments in implementation. Understanding the relationships between the global frameworks and the country-specific adjustments in these collective innovative activities is an interesting, but unexplored research area. This paper explains how seven jam events between 2012 and 2015 in Iran have been influenced by changes on both global and country-specific levels. As a conclusion, we found out that despite the important role of global frameworks, country-specific adjustments had a significant influence on the tools, rules and procedures, roles, demographics of participants, and the resultant designs.

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