A meta-model for communication in engineering design

A. M. Maier, C. M. Eckert, P. J. Clarkson

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This paper seeks to address different ways of conceptualising communication – a mechanistic and a systemic view. The views are considered complementary rather than exclusionary. A meta-model of how communication in engineering design can be conceptualised to analyse communication issues in industrial practice is proposed. The model combines an information-centred view reflecting the exchange of information with interactional and situational aspects. It is intended to provide the backbone of an audit method with which the current ('as-is') as well as the desired ('to be') communication situation in a company can be diagnosed. The conceptual meta-model for communication in engineering design presented here is part of a wider research project that aims at assessing the current and the desired communication situation in design teams by raising awareness and providing a platform for reflection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-254
Number of pages12
JournalCoDesign: international journal of cocreation in design and the arts
Issue number4
Early online date30 Nov 2006
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2010
EventCEPHAD 2010 The borderland between philosophy and design research - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 26 Jan 201029 Jan 2010


  • complexity
  • communication
  • mechanistic
  • systemic


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