Professor Arai, Professor Shimomura and PhD students from both universities had made a good effort to make the workshop an occasion for learning from each other and networking in an informal atmosphere. Guided by the PhD students Koiji Kimita and Tatsunori Hara the participants had the opportunity to perform first-hand and hands-on exercises of service design, based on, e.g., the development of personas, creation of a list of values and the identification of keywords
The group representing the division of Functional Product Development consisted of Tobias Larsson, Åsa Ericson and Petter Andersson. Within this community which is framed by a common research interest in Product Service Systems (PSS), researchers from several other universities participated in the Tokyo workshop; these were Linköping University, KTH Stockholm, Denmark University of Technology, University of Grenoble, Technical University Berlin and Ruhr-University of Bochum.
ORGANISATION AND FUTSAL
Besides organisational issues of the PSS community, planning of forthcoming workshops and service design exercises, another type of a physical exercise was on the agenda, namely futsal in Ochanomizu. The European team won the game, but the Japanese professor Shimomura promised to reclaim the cup during the next workshop. As usual, the planning was excellent and the entire event was fruitful.