Designing anthropological reflection within an energy company
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2014
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Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings
Volume 2013, Issue 1, pages 116–128, September 2013
How to Cite
LØGSTRUP, L., NELSON-BURK, M. M., MOSHLEH, W. S. and GUNN, W. (2013), Designing anthropological reflection within an energy company. Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings, 2013: 116–128. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-8918.2013.00011.x
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2014
The move towards a more liberalized energy market and the emergent smart grid technology has forced a Scandinavian energy company to begin rethinking the relation between themselves and private energy end users. Originally a unidirectional relationship, the present and future have potential for a more bidirectional relationship between the company and their customers. During this process the company has realized that they lack knowledge about private energy end users. The company has run a demonstration project simulating the face of the electricity smart grid in private households and has used ethnographic methods to investigate the system effect of private households’ participation. Our paper questions why this kind of approach is reproducing the unidirectional relationship instead of creating a bidirectional relationship. We propose an extension of the ethnographic approach whereby anthropological reflection is generated in the company through a flexible tangible scenario model of the bidirectional connection between the energy company and the users.