Understanding the Influence of the Co-Design Process on Well-Being

Josina Vink
CTF - Service Research Center, Karlstad University & Experio Lab, County Council of Värmland, Sweden

Katarina Wetter-Edman
CTF - Service Research Center, Karlstad University & Experio Lab, County Council of Värmland, Sweden

Bo Edvardsson
CTF - Service Research Center, Karlstad University & Experio Lab, County Council of Värmland, Sweden

Bård Tronvoll
CTF - Service Research Center, Karlstad University & Experio Lab, County Council of Värmland, Sweden

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Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 125:32, s. 390-402

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Publicerad: 2016-05-17

ISBN: 978-91-7685-738-0

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


The aim of this paper is to explicitly link co-design to well-being and expand the conversation about the influence of the co-design process on well-being. This paper highlights considerations for co-design researchers and practitioners interested in enhancing the value created through co-design. The authors draw from discussions in transformative service research (TSR) to better understand how co-design influences well-being. Co-design is defined as a process of joint inquiry and imagination where diverse actors share and combine their knowledge. Based on the broad definition of service set out in service- dominant logic (SDL), the authors take the position that co-design is a form of service and therefore stress the relevance of TSR to co-design. The paper identifies six dimensions of well-being discussed in TSR that extend and highlight gaps in co-design literature related to the influence of the co-design process on well-being. The authors suggest that these dimensions become a component of future evaluations of the co-design process and point to opportunities for further research related to how co-design influences well-being and supports transformation.


co-design, well-being, transformation, transformative service research, service design, service-dominant logic


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