Collaborative design of workplaces: The role of boundary objects

Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter – Annual report year: 2010

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Boundary objects may play an important role in collaborative design processes. Such objects can help participants with different background to better communicate and take part in a design process. The aim of this study is to explore the role of boundary objects in participatory ergonomics and to find out what characterizes boundary objects. The study lists eight characteristics of boundary objects and set up a framework for the conceptualization of boundary objects in collaborative design of workplaces. The framework emphasizes the need not to focus solely on the boundary object per se but also include the context of its usage and its capacity to sustain and circulate the outcomes of collaborate design processes.
Original languageEnglish
TitleAdvances in Occupational, Social, and Organizational Ergonomics
EditorsPeter Vink, Jussi Kantola
Number of pages846
Place of publicationBoca Raton
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication date2010
Pages49-58
ISBN (print)978-1-4398-3507-4
StatePublished
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