Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dl.eusset.eu/handle/20.500.12015/3533
Title: Shoppers and Tailors: Participative Practices in Small Australian Design Companies
Authors: Robertson, Toni
Keywords: participative practices;Participatory Design;shopping;small companies;tailoring;visual designers;workplace democracy
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Springer
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 7
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 205-221
Series/Report no.: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Abstract: The focus of this paper is the relations between the work practices and technology needs of small Australian design companies and the discourses of Participatory Design. Because these companies use off-the-shelf technology, these relations are shaped not just by factors specific to company size, but also by the geographic and cultural separation between the situation of use and the situation of design. User participation focuses on shopping decisions, and the fitting of purchased technology to the local work situation. While many aspects of job design can be extremely flexible within small companies, participation in the design of computer systems is bounded by the available products and the options for continuing design-in-use that are embedded within them. The paper starts from the recognition that participative practices are important in the design of any job. From this perspective the discourses of Participatory Design that are relevant to small companies are those that support the participative design of work, irrespective of the national or industrial location of the people involved.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1023/A:1008626803428
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1008626803428
https://dl.eusset.eu/handle/20.500.12015/3533
ISSN: 1573-7551
Appears in Collections:JCSCW Vol. 07 (1998)

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