Jeanette Landgrebe

Assistant Professor, SDU (University of Southern Denmark)

IDK (Department of Design and Communication)

Processes of Creativity, Innovation and Design from a micro-analytical perspective...and beyond!

Current research 

        1. Social objects for innovation and learning (A VELUX project, headed by prof. Johannes Wagner, SDU). My 

            research focus in this project: the role of objects in interaction and their potential (and limitation) in processes

            of creativity and innovation.

        2. Business kills creativity - or creativity kills business. In this project we are doing a cross-level analysis, i.e.

            firm level, local level and policy level from the worldview of a small entrepreneurial one-man fashion firm in 

            Denmark ( The project is a cross-disciplinary collaboration with fellow researchers at

            the university from the field of entrepreneurship and business innovation, respectively. With our research

            theme and this point of departure, we participate in a seed project internally in SDU Design called "Small is 


Previous research 

        1.  Exploring the notion of aesthetics in a performance act to engage commuters in a public space. In this 
               article, a performance group is analysed from a micro-analytical perspective in terms of their coordinating
               actions and how they handle props play a role for the group's successful (or unsuccessful) interaction with
               strangers passing by.

        2. Outline of PhD thesis: within the Scandinavian tradition of Participatory Design (PI) and Participatory 
               Innovation (PD) is an ideology that collaborative activities in PI/PD aim to facilitate democracy and equality
               in terms of participants' influence and involvement in the innovation and design processes. The underlying
               ideology being that this will lead to changes in both product development and social practices (Gregory,
               2003). Despite this noble ideology, it is widely recognized that diffusing innovation not only internally in 
               organizations but also externally is difficult. One approach to open up for innovation dynamics is thus the
               PI/PD tangible workshop type. However, little is in fact known about the relationship between knowledge, 
               tangible objects and innovation, i.e. whether tangible workshops as a method actually work to facilitate
               collaboration (Heinemann et al., 2012). This thesis thus contributes to a deeper understanding of how
               epistemic resources (verbal and physical) are employed by workshop participants, and further demonstrates
               how CA can be used as a method to test whether the democratic ideals underlying the practices of
               collaboration developed and sustained in the professional field of PD/PI are in fact that seen from workshop
               participants' own practices and perspectives.


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