Dissolving Disciplinary Boundaries in “Making Together”: A Recall of the Boundary-Object Methodological Power

  • Marie-Claude Plourde Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)


The goal of this article is to contribute to the literature on interdisciplinary collaboration by suggesting that efficient collaboration occurs when boundaries disappear (and not by trying to bridge them). It is using the constitutive approach to organization that I intend to comprehend this “dissolving of boundaries”, but also using Star and Griesemer notion of boundary-object as a framework. This conceptual articulation allows me to reveal the “making together” as the means for the disciplinary boundaries disappearance. This paper show how an architectural “project” becomes a site for communication enabling collaboration between specialists from various disciplines.