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Codesigning as a discursive practice in emergency health services: the architecture of deliberation


Iedema, R and Merrick, E and Piper, D and Britton, K and Gray, K and Verma, R and Manning, N, Codesigning as a discursive practice in emergency health services: the architecture of deliberation, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 46, (1) pp. 73-91. ISSN 0021-8863 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0021886309357544


This article addresses the issue of how government agencies are increasingly attempting to involve users in the design of public services. The article examines codesign as a method for fostering new and purposeful interaction among service-delivery staff and their customers. Codesign brings together stakeholders who, in the past, have had limited input into the way public services are experienced. By participating in this emerging discourse practice, codesign stakeholders can construct new ways of relating and deliberating. The data presented in this article are drawn from a codesign study initiated by the New South Wales Department of Health in an effort to improve the experience of staff, patients, and caregivers. The article concludes that codesign presents service consumers, professionals, and government officials with new opportunities as well as new challenges. Its opportunities reside in codesign bringing stakeholders together across previously impervious boundaries, producing new understandings, relationships, and engagements. Its challenges reside in these new understandings, relationships, and engagements only becoming possible and only continuing to be relevant if and when stakeholders are prepared to adopt and adapt to the new discourse needed to realize them, implicating them in what has been referred to as the "design competency spiral."

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:experience-based design, codesign, public service, affective practice, emergency
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Iedema, R (Professor Rick Iedema)
ID Code:94240
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:56
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-09-04
Last Modified:2014-11-12

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