INFORMATION PROCESSING THEORY IN THE EARLY DESIGN STAGES

DS 77: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2014 13th International Design Conference

Year: 2014
Editor: Marjanovic Dorian, Storga Mario, Pavkovic Neven, Bojcetic Nenad
Author: Cash, P.J.; Kreye, M.E.
Series: DESIGN
Section: HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND DESIGN
Page(s): 455-464

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the applicability of Information Processing Theory (IPT) for understanding empirical designer activity in the early design stages. Critically we investigate the relationship between uncertainty perception, information seeking, and knowledge exchange in design teams using an experimental study of student engineers. Ultimately the results show that IPT is indeed a useful theory and we highlight a number of key implications for the field.

Keywords: empirical study, information-processing theory, design behaviour, uncertainty perception

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