Tag Archives: boundary objects

Eppler, M.J., (2011) What is an Effective Knowledge Visualization? Insight from a Review of Seminal Concepts, 15th International Conference on Information Visualisation

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Paper discusses different concepts related to knowledge visualization. My interest was on the concepts ‘conscription device’ and ‘boundary object’ (in particular, on conscription devices). Boundary objects have different meanings in different contexts, but their structure is common enough to more … Continue reading

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Hendry, D.G. 2004, “Communication functions and the adaptation of design representations in interdisciplinary teams”, The 5th conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, and techniques (DIS ’04)ACM, New York, USA, pp. 123.

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Design representations are used in user centered design to direct the design process and communication functions to enlist interdisciplinary participation. Five functions of design representations are listed in the paper (based on selective literature review): conscripting coordinating framing persuading recording … Continue reading

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Boland and Tenkasi (1995) Perspective Making and Perspective Taking in Communities of Knowing, Organization Science, 6(4), pp.350-372

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I read this paper because Karsten (2001) used the concepts from this article. Authors refer to communication that strengthens the unique knowledge of a community as perspective making, and communication that improves its ability to take the knowledge of others … Continue reading

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Henderson (1991) Flexible Sketches and Inflexible Data Bases: Visual Communication, Conscription Devices, and Boundary Objects in Design Engineering, Science Technology Human Values, 16(4), pp.448-473

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Visual representations, sketches and drawings, work as conscription devices, which enlist and organize group participation. They also work as boundary objects, which facilitate the reading of alternative meanings by people involved in the design process. Conscription devices are visually oriented … Continue reading

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Karsten, H. et al. (2001) Crossing boundaries and conscripting participation: representing and integrating knowledge in a paper machinery project, European Journal of Information Systems, 10, pp.89-98

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In this paper, the authors analyze how technical specification of a paper machine acted as a boundary object to help perspective taking. In addition, they analyse how the specification was used as a conscription device and how this enabled perspective … Continue reading

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Akkerman, S. F., and Bakker, A. (2011). Boundary Crossing and Boundary Objects. Review of Educational Research, 81(2), 132-169.

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This is a review of boundary object and boundary crossing literature. Boundaries are becoming more explicit and an important area of research due to increased specialization (for example, companies focus only on their core competence and outsource others). For me … Continue reading

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Whyte et al. (2008) Visualizing Knowledge in Project-Based Work, Long Range Planning, 41 (1), pp. 74-92

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My interest in reading this paper was in the way of using boundary objects. Paper looks at visual representations and state that they have the particular characteristic of being made with intention of conveying meaning. If I think about the … Continue reading

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Ewenstein and Whyte (2009) Knowledge Practices in Design: The Role of Visual Representations as Epistemic Objects

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The starting point for the paper is the fact that the more objects are studied the more diffuse they become. Boundary objects are studied but their representational capacity is only discussed on a general level. Object’s effectiveness is defined by … Continue reading

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Betz, M. (2010) The Secret Life of Machines -Boundary Objects in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, Pervasive Computing 2010, Lecture notes in Computer Science, vol 6030, pp. 174-191

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I found this paper to be interesting since it tackles the same challenges that we have studied: boundary objects in maintenance. The data for this paper was collected with observations, which is the same method we have used. Our work … Continue reading

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Lindgren, H. (2012) Knowledge Artifacts as Tools to Communicate and Develop Knowledge in Collaborative User-Driven Design, CBMS 2012

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This paper had some of the keywords I use, but was little bit off my topic. It is focused on development of ICT-tools that help collaboration and care in clinical context. The knowledge artifacts mentioned in the title are the … Continue reading

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Nicolini et al. (2012) Understanding the Role of Objects in Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, Organization Science, 23(3), pp.612-629

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This paper constructs a framework that helps shed light on the shifting status of objects used in collaborationby using a pluralist appoarch (using multiple theoretical perspectives). The approach suggests that objects can perform three types of work to support cross-disciplinary … Continue reading

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Boujut, J-F., Hisarciklilar, O., (2012) Using a semiotic classification to characterise objects involved in collaborative design, Journal of Design Research, 10 (3), pp. 155-169

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In cooperative design communication shifts from asynchronous to synchronous. Paper studies annotations (mostly in 2D and 3D product representations) as means to support design communication. Segmentation between expertise (design & manufacturing) has requested the use of accurate representations. In 2D … Continue reading

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Bechky, B.A. 2003, “Sharing Meaning across Occupational Communities: The Transformation of Understanding on a Production Floor”, Organization Science, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 312-330.

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I read this paper again to see what was written about context related to boundary objects. Because of different contexts of designers, technicians and assemblers they cannot simply transfer knowledge but transform it. Engineers have conceptual locus of practice since … Continue reading

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Gopsill, J.A, McAlpine, H.C., Hicks, B.J. (2012) PartBook – A Social Media Approach for Capturing Informal Product Knowledge, Design2012

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I found this to be a very interesting paper. It tackels the challenges in design communication from the same point-of-view than my latest research. The authors have created PartBook that is based on uploading a screenshot of relevant product information … Continue reading

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Brereton, M. and McGarry, B. (2000) An observational Study of How Objects Support Engineering Design Thinking and Communication: Implications for the design of tangible media, CHI2000

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The paper looks at different roles of physical objects in supporting design thinking and communication, i.e. object as starting point, as communication medium, episodic memory trigger, etc. Still, what I found to be the most interesting part of the paper … Continue reading

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Paavola, S. and Hakkarainen, K. (2005) The knowledge creation metaphor – an emergent epistemological approach to learning, Science and Education, 14, pp. 535-557

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I read this article because in the abstract in mentioned two things that I recently have read about: boundary objects and knowledge creation theory. However, since the focus was on teaching students the entire paper was not of my interest. … Continue reading

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Star, L. (2010) This is Not a Boundary Object: Reflections on the origins of a Concept, Science, Technology & Human Values, 35(5), pp.601-617

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I was expecting to find clear definition of what are boundary objects and what are not. However I found it to be a reflective paper on one’s research career. Still, it did have some interesting points. Paper states that the … Continue reading

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Bucciarelli, L.L., (2002) Between thought and object in engineering design, Design Studies, 23(3), pp-219-231

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The design process is cut down to subtasks to make it more manageable. This creates interfaces/boundaries and need for making interface requirements explicit. People in different subtasks have different object worlds which creates ambiguity for the object of design. To … Continue reading

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Star, S.L, Griesemer, J.R., (1989), Institutional Ecology, ‘Translations’ and Boundary Objects: Amateurs and Professionals in Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907-39, Social Studies of Science, 19, pp.387-420

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Paper presents the concept ‘boundary object’. This paper is cited in most of the papers that are related to boundary objects. Boundary objects are ‘objects which are both plastic enough to adapt local needs and the constraints of the several … Continue reading

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Crilly, N., Maier, A., Clarkson, P.J., (2008) Representing Artefacts as Media: Modelling the Relationship Between Designer Intent and Consumer Experience, International Journal of Design, 2(3), pp. 15-27

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Paper presents an integrated representation of communication based models of design to create common basis for discussion. It is suggested that models can represent how artifacts (boundary objects) mediate between designers and consumers, as well as designers and their collaborators. … Continue reading

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