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Improving communication in design: Recommendations from the literature

Maier, AM and Dönmez, D and Hepperle, C and Kreimeyer, M and Lindemann, U and Clarkson, PJ (2011) Improving communication in design: Recommendations from the literature. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 1-11..

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Abstract

Communication permeates every aspect of an engineer's work-from clarifying product specifications to shaping social ties. This paper offers an overview of recommendations from literature to improve communication within and among engineering teams. We assume communication problems are often the outcome of underlying factors and that it is fruitful to study and improve these influences. Having been empirically elicited in prior research, 24 factors considered in this paper include, e.g., availability of information about product specifications, roles and responsibilities, and overview of sequence of tasks. To improve these factors in order to enable effective communication, this paper collates more than hundred recommendations from journal articles and textbooks published in the fields of engineering design, management science, sociology, and psychology. Recommendations include, for example, identify priorities through risk and bottleneck analysis, give clear descriptions and role expectations, and employ effective process modeling tools. Contributions of this paper are a list of recommendations for industry practitioners and an effort-benefit evaluation of individual recommendations. Copyright © 2002-2012 The Design Society. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaborative design Design communication Design management Human behaviour in design Success factors
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email sms67@cam.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 13:27
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2015 22:48
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