Solving agricultural challenges in Japan through Scenario-based Amorphous Design approach

Hiroyuki Yagita, Seiko Shirasaka

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Abstract

This paper describes the process and result of a student team solving societal issues in Japan using systems-oriented design approach, namely Scenario-based Amorphous Design. Scenario-based Amorphous Design is a systems design methodology that follows the Vee model of systems engineering with emphasis on requirements collection and generation. Using systems design thinking, the team attacked multiple societal issues in Japan-agricultural dependence on food import, aging farming population and increasing unemployment rate. As a solution, they proposed retrofitting closed-down school buildings in megalopolis with hydroponic system and operating the facilities by employing younger population. As verification, the student team was awarded with funds by winning 1st place in Entrepreneur Grand Prix and 2nd prize from 6th Campus Venture Grand Prix to establish a start-up company.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIAMOT 2015 - 24th International Association for Management of Technology Conference: Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth, Proceedings
PublisherGraduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria
Pages2672-2686
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781775921110
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event24th International Association for Management of Technology Conference: Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth, IAMOT 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2015 Jun 82015 Jun 11

Other

Other24th International Association for Management of Technology Conference: Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth, IAMOT 2015
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period15/6/815/6/11

Keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Design thinking
  • Innovation
  • Scenario-based Amorphous Design
  • System design
  • Systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Yagita, H., & Shirasaka, S. (2015). Solving agricultural challenges in Japan through Scenario-based Amorphous Design approach. In IAMOT 2015 - 24th International Association for Management of Technology Conference: Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth, Proceedings (pp. 2672-2686). Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria.