This paper sets the basis for a research project focused on collaborative social network’s genesis and dynamics. It introduces a research framework for the empirical investigation of a network focused on the design of a shared artefact, the so-called "Web services Architecture". Our hypothesis is that network artefact’s characteristics, seen as the final outcome of a collaborative process, influence and drive the genesis and the structure of the social network that is designing it. We embraced this view in order to avoid a limitation of the traditional perspectives that consider the network structure as exogenous and stable. We consider the reciprocal influence between the artefact and the social network structure, with a phase in which the desired artefact may shape the network genesis and a phase in which the emergent network’s structure may drive the artefact design.
Lempinen, Heikki and Penttinen, Esko, "Are "design networks" shaped by their own outcomes? coordination processes between actors and artefacts" (2009). ECIS 2009 Proceedings. 51.