Potential of nature-inspired approach for organisation design in product-service system

Sojung Kim, Joon Sang Baek

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The importance of organisational properties in PSS development has been emphasised by previous research but the attempts to handle complex structure and communication network of PSS has been lacking. In this research, the potential of natural ecosystem as a source of inspiration for organization design in a PSS development was explored. The organisational problems in practice were investigated through the literature reviews and expert interviews with practitioners. In addition, the characteristics of natural ecosystem on different developmental stages were compared to those of systems in industry to identify the strengths of nature to be learned. This study suggests that further studies involving sufficient cases of corporations and natural ecosystem are required to specify the relationships between artificial and natural systems and contribute to organisational improvement. Moreover, methodological approach to support practitioners to design organisational structures and communication strategies is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-290
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
Issue numberDS 80-07
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 2015 Jul 272015 Jul 30

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Global PH.D Fellowship Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2014H1A2A1020158).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation


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