Information-triggered Co-evolution: A Combined Process Perspective

Philip Cash, Milene Gonçalves

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Core elements of design work include the development of problem/solution
understanding, as well as information and knowledge sharing activities. However, their interrelationships have been little explored. As such, this work aims to take the first steps towards a more integrated evaluation and description of the interaction between understanding and activity, based around co-evolutionary transition events; and start to answer the question: How can the link between co-evolution and activity be systematically characterized as a foundation for a more fundamental description of design activity? A
protocol analysis is used to provide the basis for characterization of different types of coevolutionary transition event. A number of distinct event types are described and significant differences in information use and team engagement are identified across transition events. Bringing these findings together, we propose a unitary model of the interaction between activity and understanding around co-evolutionary transition events. This has a number of implications for future theory building and testing in both design activity and wider design
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnalysing Design Thinking: Studies of Cross-Cultural Co-Creation
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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