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      Embedded research in rehabilitation engineering

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            We examine concepts of new knowledge creation and embedded research in a case study on the i-limb, the world's first commercial prosthetic hand with five independently powered digits. Although the case demonstrates many elements of the mode 2 concept, that does not adequately describe the influence of context. In addition to the forces of contextualization, we argue there was also a strong influence on the R&D process and product from the embedding of scientific research and technology development in a location of use, specifically a prosthetic clinic in a hospital. We use the literature on embedded research to supplement our examination of this case of new knowledge creation. We contribute to the literature on mode 2 knowledge production and contexts of application by applying the literature on embedded research to explain the creation of new knowledge in locations of use.


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            1 September 2020
            : 36
            : 3 ( doiID: 10.13169/prometheus.36.issue-3 )
            : 217-234
            Faculty of Management, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
            School of Energy and Electronic Engineering, Portsmouth University, Portsmouth, UK
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