My research interests has over the years changed and slowly drifted, but the main core has stayed the same. Below I briefly mention some of the core areas where I am engaged.
Analytical Research on Interactivity and Interfaces
This is area has over the years developed and grown. It is a collaboration with Lars-Erik Janlert. We have published some articles and is in the process of finalizing a book based on these articles.
Interaction Design Research
A central focus in my research is interaction design. Human-Computer Interaction Design is a research field growing in scope and importance. We are moving into an era where our environment is a blended composition of the physical and virtual. Our interactions with this environment is becoming increasingly complex and strongly influences our lives and our society. My main research interest is fueled by a fascination of this new reality and what it will become, its consequences and how we, as designers, can be part of that evolution. In my book “Thoughtful Interaction Design” (MITpress, 2004) some of my work in this area is presented. This research is divided into Interaction Studies and Design Studies. Interaction Studies is the study of interactive artifacts and systems, their characteristics, qualities, limitations, etc. Design Studies is about the design process, about design knowledge, competence, tools, methods, and skills.
The Philosophy, Theory and Methodology of Design
Since my doctoral thesis I have had the philosophy and theory of design as a major interest. This interest has evolved and is today an ongoing collaborative endeavor together with Prof. Harold Nelson. The core of our work is published in the book “The Design Way – Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World” (2012, 2nd Edition). The book has already been labeled as a “classical” and “seminal” work in design.
Information Systems Design
Information systems design and management has always been at the core of my research. It has over the years resulted in articles and textbooks. This work has lead to a rich international network of research collaborators. Brian Fitzgerald, Nancy Russo, and I published a book with the purpose to present some of our combined research efforts in the field. The book title is “Information Systems Development – Methods-in-Action” (McGraw-Hill).
Information Technology, Philosophy of Technology and Societal Change
For quite some time I have felt a strong need to be able to link my research to more general questions concerning the development of society at large. I see information technology as one of the most important factors in the rapid change of our societal structures, both physical and social. This has led me to some extensive readings in the field of philosophy of technology. My goal is to be able to formulate a deeper understanding of the relation between technological and societal development.