Co-Realization: Toward a Principled Synthesis of Ethnomethodology and Participatory Design

  • Mark Hartswood
  • Rob Procter
  • Roger Slack
  • Alex Voß
  • Monika Büscher
  • Mark Rouncefield
  • Philippe Rouchy
Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)


This paper calls for a respecification of IT systems design and development practice as co-realization. Co-realization is an orientation to technology production that develops out of a principled synthesis of ethnomethodology and participatory design. It moves the locus of design and development activities into workplace settings where technologies will be used. Through examples drawn from case studies of IT projects, we show how co-realization, with its stress on design-in-use and the longitudinal involvement by IT professionals in the “lived work” of users, helps to create uniquely adequate, accountable solutions to the problems of IT-organizational integration.


ethnomethodology participatory design design-in-use co-realization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Hartswood
  • Rob Procter
  • Roger Slack
  • Alex Voß
  • Monika Büscher
  • Mark Rouncefield
  • Philippe Rouchy

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