anthropology Category

AAA16 – Design Anthropology

This year, the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropology Association was held in Minneapolis, MN.  Our session on Design Anthropology was organized by Christine Miller and Emilie Hitch, and sponsored by the National Association for Practicing Anthropology (NAPA). Innovation, Human Understanding, and Design in the Software Industry Presentation Abstract The software industry today is still largely imagined and […]

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Themes in Ethnographic Research

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to meet the design research community of practice at Fjord (the design firm acquired by Accenture) in Chicago.  I was asked to speak to them about how anthropologists approach ethnographic research in a way that might be interesting or instructive for design research professionals. ZS competes with […]

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The Moment of Clarity

Last week I had the great pleasure of speaking with Christian Madsbjerg, co-author of The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems.  In their book, Christian and Mikkel share case studies from their consulting work at Lego, Adidas, Coloplast (a medical device company), and others.  The wonderful, rich examples show the […]

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The Handbook of Business Anthropology

Today I got a first glimpse at the announcement for the Handbook of Business Anthropology, edited by Rita M. Denny and Patricia L. Sunderland.  It will be available in May, but they are accepting pre-orders now with a 50% discount.  You can review the Table of Contents, and if you’re interested in buying your own […]

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Lean & User Experience, again

Over the years I’ve written a few posts about the relationship between Lean and User Experience.  But in looking back on those, I don’t feel like I ever did as thorough of a job as I would like in connecting the two domains.  So when I was asked last year to contribute to a new book […]

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