Collaborating to restrict: a conversation analytic perspective on design collaboration

Heinemann, Trine, Landgrebe, Jeanette and Matthews, Ben (2012) Collaborating to restrict: a conversation analytic perspective on design collaboration. CoDesign, 8 4: 200-214. doi:10.1080/15710882.2012.734827


Author Heinemann, Trine
Landgrebe, Jeanette
Matthews, Ben
Title Collaborating to restrict: a conversation analytic perspective on design collaboration
Journal name CoDesign   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1571-0882
1745-3755
ISBN 3-540-23149-8
Publication date 2012-12-01
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15710882.2012.734827
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page 200
End page 214
Total pages 15
Editor Françoise Détienne
Michael Baker
Jean-Marie Burkhardt
Place of publication Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
Publisher T & F Informa
Language eng
Subject 2216 Architecture
1213 Visual Arts and Performing Arts
1704 Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
Abstract This paper applies a conversation analytic perspective to illustrate how workshop participants collaboratively introduce design restrictions. Whilst many workshop activities are grounded in the (noble) ideology of democracy and equality that underlies the Scandinavian tradition of participatory design and participatory innovation, we demonstrate how such ideal(s) can be overridden in practice, because participants orient to a more general, interactional social order in which the preference for agreement and progressivity prevails. The paper will illustrate how collaboration, from the perspective of the participants in workshops, is thus not about ensuring that everyone contributes equally, but is rather focused on avoiding disagreement and maintaining progressivity within the activity engaged in. In turn, we argue that this orientation by the participants has a restricting effect on the possibility of exploring design alternatives in workshops that are otherwise, on ideological grounds, designed to accomplish exactly that.
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This paper applies a conversation analytic perspective to illustrate how workshop participants collaboratively introduce design restrictions. Whilst many workshop activities are grounded in the (noble) ideology of democracy and equality that underlies the Scandinavian tradition of participatory design and participatory innovation, we demonstrate how such ideal(s) can be overridden in practice, because participants orient to a more general, interactional social order in which the preference for agreement and progressivity prevails. The paper will illustrate how collaboration, from the perspective of the participants in workshops, is thus not about ensuring that everyone contributes equally, but is rather focused on avoiding disagreement and maintaining progressivity within the activity engaged in. In turn, we argue that this orientation by the participants has a restricting effect on the possibility of exploring design alternatives in workshops that are otherwise, on ideological grounds, designed to accomplish exactly that.
Keyword Collaborations
Conversation analysis
Design activities
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Perspectives on quality of collaboration in design

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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