Associations between factors influencing engineering design communication

Anja M Maier, Mathias Kreimeyer, Clemens Hepperle, Claudia Eckert, Udo Lindemann, P John Clarkson

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The design of complex products, such as aero engines or cars, requires the co-ordination of many different individuals and groups of designers. Communication has been identified by many researchers and practitioners in industry as a major determinant of success or failure in design projects. Communication is influenced by manifold factors on different levels, be it through product attributes, information and media-specific factors or factors arising from organisational and team structures, and individual activities. Understanding of associations between these factors supports successful communication management. This paper presents associations between selected factors influencing communication. It shows a network of correlating factors covering a number of aspects of communication in engineering design and focuses particularly on ‘collaboration’, ‘mutual trust’, ‘overview of sequence of tasks in the design process’, and ‘autonomy of task execution’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International Conference on Engineering Design
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)1904670024
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2007
Event16th International Conference on Engineering Design - Paris, France
Duration: 28 Aug 200731 Aug 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design
PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)2220-4342


Conference16th International Conference on Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED07
CityParis, France


  • connectors
  • new product development
  • indicators
  • communication
  • engineering design
  • correlation


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