The dynamics of design

exploring heterogeneity in meso-scale team processes

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-76053
Access full text here:10.1016/j.destud.2019.08.001
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Other Engineering and Technologies, Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified, Teknik och teknologier, Annan teknik, Övrig annan teknik, Case study, Design activity, Design practice, Work sampling, Produktinnovation, Product Innovation
Publication year: 2019
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SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
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Abstract:

There is a critical gap in understanding how meso-scale team processes - interactions between individuals in a team - develop in design teams and specifically how they dynamically balance design with managerial effort. We treat this deficit by contrasting two in-depth cases using work sampling data. We identify a number of contributions. First, we describe how design team processes display both goal/action and temporal heterogeneity. Second, we demonstrate how this heterogeneity is underpinned by common principles that consistently shape team processes in design. Specifically: proportional goal/action composition and recurring process patterns over time. Finally, we describe how these principles can be integrated via ‘archetypal process types’. Together, these substantially extend prior theory and point to specific implications for future design research.

Authors

Philip Cash

DTU Management, DTU Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
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Stanko Škec

DTU Management, DTU Technical University of Denmark, Denmark. Department of Design, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia
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Mario Štorga

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik; Department of Design, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croati
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