The Role of Objects in the Constitution of Collaborative Spaces

Angelos Balatsas Lekkas, Yutaka Yoshinaka

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    Abstract

    This paper examines collaborative processes involving users and product development practitioners, in virtual co-creative spaces. Qualifications of roles are entailed in and through the mediation of objects, as they serve part and parcel of the coming-into-being of the collaboration. By focusing on the role played by objects in collaborative spaces, more specifically an Internet-based forum established by a medical device manufacturer for users of its products, the paper makes a threefold argument concerning the active role played by objects in collaborative processes: 1) the premises for user involvement in such spaces is subject to behind-the-scenes qualification processes directed at particular user configurations; 2) virtual spaces are being re-configured by users’ and practitioners’ interactions through diverse references of objects; and 3) users and practitioners qualify the content of these spaces by negotiating the meaning of the objects that both engage. Thus, such collaborative processes bear with them potential trade-offs and inherent tensions by way of boundary drawings and reordering of roles, articulated through qualification.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCo-Create 2013. The Boundary-Crossing Conference on Co-Design in Innovation : Conference proceedings
    EditorsRiita Smeds, Olivier Irrmann
    PublisherAalto University
    Publication date2013
    Pages473-484
    ISBN (Print)978-952-60-5236-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventCO-CREATE 2013: The Boundary-Crossing Conference on Co-Design in Innovation - Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
    Duration: 16 Jun 201319 Jun 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceCO-CREATE 2013
    LocationAalto University
    CountryFinland
    CityEspoo
    Period16/06/201319/06/2013
    SeriesAalto University publication series Science and Technology
    Number15/2013
    ISSN1799-4896

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    Balatsas Lekkas, A., & Yoshinaka, Y. (2013). The Role of Objects in the Constitution of Collaborative Spaces. In R. Smeds, & O. Irrmann (Eds.), Co-Create 2013. The Boundary-Crossing Conference on Co-Design in Innovation: Conference proceedings (pp. 473-484). Aalto University. Aalto University publication series Science and Technology, No. 15/2013