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Title Medication Safety : Using an ANT perspective for staging of products in a complex development arena
Author d'Auchamp, Ana Maria (Graduate Program in Design and Innovation, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
Supervisor Yoshinaka, Yutaka (Innovation and Sustainability, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
Institution Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Thesis level Master's thesis
Year 2010
Abstract Safety in hospital environments is a complex topic, which is difficult to break down into individual subjects. Therefore, a more holistic view adds a different perspective to the subject. Patient safety, personnel safety and medication are all interrelated in hospital environments. These three issues is an array of actors, each with their own particular interest, agenda, and role in the development arena. The relationships between the actors in the network are complex and can be difficult to understand for a company with a product that has to enter the arena. Implementation of products into these complex development arenas is a difficult task, and products attempting to solve problems can sometimes not be implemented. This challenge calls for a different approach when staging products in the development arena. The project looks at the case of a product the TevAdaptor which has been implemented in Swedish hospitals but not in Danish hospitals. Research into practice both with and without the product can act as an “eye-opener” to the processes involved in medication. From a concept development perspective it is therefore considered and investigated in this project, how the notion of “staging of products” can be incorporated already in the conceptualisation phase. ´The project takes a theoretical departure in Actor Network theory, and uses this theory as a method for research and analysis. Furthermore, the project challenges the theory even further by seeing its use in a conceptualisation perspective with the goal of successful staging of products in complex development arenas. The translation of the actor network theory into a practical user friendly framework could be used by more concept development teams and help staging of products in a variety of complex arenas.
Note Collaboration: Teva Denmark A/S
Pages 87
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