COVALENT, a method for co-designing value exchange in community-centred design

Yoonyee Pahk, James Self, Joon Sang Baek

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It is challenging to design for mutually beneficial relationships in a multi-actor service system when these actors have diverse and conflicting interests, and lack usable methods and tools that support the design process. This study introduces a novel method for co-designing value exchange (COVALENT). COVALENT integrates the value analysis model, co-design strategy and service design tools, to support the conceptualisation of reciprocal value exchanges based on the analysis of and matching between, stakeholders’ needs and resources. Its perceived effectiveness was validated through application to the development of community business models in Ulsan, South Korea. This study contributes to the knowledge of co-design by providing a method for co-designing services that aim to achieve reciprocal value exchanges in the context of community-centred design and by discussing the effectiveness of that method as perceived by users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-292
Number of pages18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 2

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Ministry of the Trade, Industry & Energy on the ‘Promotion of Special Design-Technology Convergence Graduate School’ [N0000973] of the Korea Institute of Design Promotion; Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea; the National Research Foundation of Korea [NRF-2016S1A5A8017953], and District Office of Ulsan Buk-gu.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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