Literature based review of a collaborative design taxonomy

DS 87-8 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 8: Human Behaviour in Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Righter, James; Chickarello, Doug; Stidham, Hallie; O'Shields, Steven; Patel, Apurva; Summers, Joshua
Series: ICED
Institution: Clemson University, United States of America
Section: Human Behaviour in Design
Page(s): 607-616
ISBN: 978-1-904670-96-4
ISSN: 2220-4342


A 2003 paper at ICED established a collaborative design taxonomy that can be used to breakdown and categorize engineering design teams. This collaborative design taxonomy was evaluated to determine its usefulness, consistency, and applicability. The taxonomy was used to evaluate 24 papers presenting studies on engineering design teams. Results of this literature review provided insight into what has been recently studied in collaborative engineering design and identified that open-ended responses describing design teams need improvement. The group composition merits further review based on its high frequency of occurrence and the need to better characterize complex teams. The distribution branch requires reconsideration of its organization while temporal criteria require additional details to increase its objectivity. These results provide a direction for future work to apply the taxonomy to real time collaborative design scenarios.

Keywords: Collaborative design, Teamwork, Ontologies, Design theory


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