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  • Helminen et al. (2015) Designing user innovation toolkits - The aim of this paper was to explore the interrelation of the module library and the solution space by using a user innovation toolkit in the context of shopping center design. This preliminary exploration suggests that in order to ensure that users communicate their ownindividual needs, both the solution space and the module library should be opened up.
  • Juntunen & Hyysalo (2015) Renewable micro-generation of heat and electricity - Science and technology studies (STS) have revealed a wide variety of different “configurations” of renewable energy technologies and the elements of social organization involved in their deployment. In this article we review current academic literature complemented with up to date documents to reveal existing socio-technical configurations of renewable micro-generation technologies.
  • Hyysalo & Usenyuk (2015) The user dominated technology era - Users invent new products and product categories, but the assumption has been that manufacturers will supplant users if their innovation is of value to many. The current paper examines Russian all terrain vehicles “karakats” to discuss a case of an era of extended user dominated technology and the related dynamics of dispersed peer-innovation.
  • Hyysalo et al. (2015) Intermediate Search Elements and Method Combination in Lead-User Searches - Network searches are increasingly popular in searching for rare lead users. In these searches, implicit and inexact referrals have been found to comprise a substantial number of network referrals. To aid handling such referrals during network searches, we explicate their status as intermediate referral types, and how these referral types relate to known search methods.
  • Hyysalo & Johnson (2015) The user as relational entity - The purpose of this paper is to argue that equating “user” with flesh and blood “people out there” is naïve. Not only that, it closes important options in conducting human-centered design.
  • Hyysalo & Hakkarainen (2014) What difference does a living lab make? - This paper reports on a rare opportunity to compare two unusually similar innovation projects, one of which relied on a living lab and the other that did not. Contrary to what one might have predicted, the living lab collaboration did not make the development paths very different, and the key challenges regarding design collaboration remained closely similar.
  • Hyysalo et al. (2014) Collaborative futuring with and by makers - By drawing elements from both lead-user workshops and participatory design, we conducted a futuring workshop, which allowed us to engage the local maker communities in identifying the issues relevant for a public maker space in 2020. Particularly the information about future solutions was of high relevance, as was the opportunity to trial and elaborate activities on a rolling basis in the prototype space.
  • Johnson et al. (2014) Method mixes as key emerging topic in human-centred design - Here we conducted a meta-review of five longstanding case studies that highlighted a key topic deserving attention: practitioners’ method mixes should be taken seriously. Single-method use by a project, professional, or company happens rarely (in this data, never).
  • Juntunen (2014) Prosuming Energy - Jouni K. Juntunen's PhD thesis examines renewable micro-generation and active energy prosumers activities in technology domestication, user innovation and online peer to peer support.
  • Mattinen et al. (2014) Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of air-source heat pump - This article makes in-depth carbon footprint analysis for one commercialized user innovation that was found in extensive search of sustainable energy inventions in Finland, a study conducted by Inuse Research Group.
  • Johnson et al. (2014) The managed prosumer - This article compares the development of, at the outset, two very different information infrastructures: a social media service and an enterprise resource planning system. Despite the differences, we found similarities in how vendors managed their service development and customer base.
  • Juntunen (2014) Domestication pathways of small-scale renewable energy technologies - This study examines sociotechnical change and processes through which renewable micro-generation technologies become integrated as inseparable parts of everyday life. The analysis follows the domestication framework and asks what kinds of domestication processes are involved with resi- dential renewable energy production and use?
  • Pollock & Hyysalo (2014) Business of Being a User - This article extends the concept of “user” to account for a new, more formalized role that some client organizations play in the diffusion of packaged enterprise systems.
  • Hakkarainen & Hyysalo (2013) How Do We Keep the Living Laboratory Alive? - Living lab environments are often promoted as a way to engage private companies, citizens, researchers, and public organizations in mutually beneficial learning. Based on an in-depth case study of a four-year living lab collaboration in gerontechnology, we agree that successful living lab development hinges on learning between the parties, yet its emergence cannot be presumed or taken for granted.
  • Heiskanen, Johnson & Vadovics (2013) Learning about and involving users in energy saving - Using previous cases and our own pilots as data, we uncover the main difficulties in understanding and working with energy users. We argue that formal user research and interaction methods are helpful, yet insufficient for project success or even genuine user responsiveness.
  • Hyysalo et al. (2013) Internet Forums and the Rise of the Inventive Energy User - In this paper we bring to the fore the supporting role that user-run Internet forums provide for inventive citizen engagement with technology and the particular implications this holds in sustainable energy technologies which is the domain of our analysis.
  • Johnson (2013) How Social Media Changes User-Centred Design - Mikael Johnson's PhD thesis on how social media changes user-centred design. Particular focus on cumulative and strategic user involvement and developer–user social distance.
  • Hyysalo et al. (2013) User Innovation in Sustainable Home Energy Technologies - In this article we clarify how citizen users are able to invent in home heating systems. We researched inventionss that user did to heat pump and wood pellet burning systems. During the years 2005–2012 there were 192 inventions by users in Finland alone.
  • Johnson & Hyysalo (2012) Lessons for participatory designers of social media - In this paper we distil lessons for participatory designers from an in-depth case study of an over decade-long service development in industry, Habbo Hotel by Sulake Corporation. We argue that the range of core issues that shape user participation in social media can be captured by three interrelated issues: 1) shifts in developer--user social distance, 2) cumulated user knowledge beyond one project, and 3) user-generated content and user-owned services.
  • Helminen (2012) Advancing Lead User Methodology in the Fuzzy Front-End of Product Development - The goal of this thesis is to explore the role of lead users in product development and advance the lead user methodology. Specifically this thesis aims to further improve the concepts and means available for lead user identification, and to gain more understanding and alternative means for transferring (lead) user knowledge.