Design Legacies: Why Service Designers are not able to Embed Design in the Organisation

Sabine Junginger
Kolding School of Design, Denmark

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Ingår i: ServDes.2014 Service Future; Proceedings of the fourth Service Design and Service Innovation Conference; Lancaster University; United Kingdom; 9-11 April 2014

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 99:16, s. 164-172

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Publicerad: 2014-06-25

ISBN: 978-91-7519-280-2

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


Much talk about service design has focused on how to bring design practices; design thinking and design methods into an organization in order to transform or change the way it is going about business. There is only one thing that researchers and practitioners have overlooked: Design principles; methods and practices are already deeply embedded in organizations. That is; in fact; the real problem: Organizations are full of design legacies; however flawed and poorly suited. If service designers want to effect real change in real organizations; they have to be able to articulate these organizational design practices. This paper explains the concept of design legacies and describes three elements of organizational design legacies: organizational purpose; organizational design approaches and organizational design practices. Using a matrix developed around designing for; with and by; the paper explains how we can make sense of existing organizational design practices.


organizational design practices; design legacies; public organizations; service design; organizational change


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