Understanding collaborative action in emergent work ecosystems: makerspaces

2021-9
Keklik, Özcan
As the design problems confronted are getting more complex, the necessity of different expertise becomes inevitable for comprehensive design solutions which indicate the importance of forming teams with professionals from diverse disciplines. With the emergence of collaborative teams, the importance of working frames has become prominent, and collaborative working frames have been introduced, namely interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary. These working frames determine the type and level of interaction between professionals, espousing various opportunities and challenges. Apart from traditional working environments, there are emergent work ecosystems – such as makerspaces – that involve varying collaborative structures in terms of organizational, spatial, and social dimensions. This study investigates the collaboration dynamics in makerspaces through these dimensions and aims to analyze the new collaboration mindset, methods, and toolkits provided by makerspaces. Understanding the makerspace elements and their effects on the collaborative activity will contribute to setting up novel collaboration models. In the scope of the research, in-depth interviews with both makers and makerspace facilitators were conducted and collaborative action in makerspaces was analyzed considering organizational, spatial, and social elements through the experiences and insights of the participants. Based on the analysis of the gathered data, three main conclusions were drawn. Firstly, makerspaces introduce a non-disciplinary collaboration environment where interest-driven knowledge blurs the disciplinary fields. Secondly, tangible means produced in these making-oriented spaces become tools that enhance learning collaboratively. Lastly, drivers of the collaboration vary among makerspaces as goal-driven or place-driven collaborative making.

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Citation Formats
Ö. Keklik, “Understanding collaborative action in emergent work ecosystems: makerspaces,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.