In this paper we present a starting point for designing for and/or assessing the social impact of engineered products. The starting point is a set of tables comprising products, their general functional characteristics, and the accompanying social impacts. We have constructed these tables by first extracting a set of social impact categories from the literature, then 65 products were qualitatively reviewed to find their social impact. The resulting product impact tables can be used at either the beginning of the product development process to decide what social impact to design for and discover product functions that lead to it, or later to qualitatively assess the social impact of a product being designed and/or to assess the impact of an existing product.
- Design Engineering Division
- Computers and Information in Engineering Division
A Simple Starting Point for Designing for and/or Assessing the Social Impact of Products
Ottosson, H, Hirschi, E, Mattson, CA, & Dahlin, E. "A Simple Starting Point for Designing for and/or Assessing the Social Impact of Products." Proceedings of the ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Volume 2B: 43rd Design Automation Conference. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. August 6–9, 2017. V02BT03A015. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2017-67586
Download citation file: