Collaborative trust networks in engineering design adaptation

Simon Reay Atkinson, Anja M. Maier, Nicholas Caldwell, P John Clarkson

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Within organisations, decision makers have to rely on collaboration with other actors from different disciplines working within highly dynamic and distributed associated networks of varying size and scales. This paper develops control and influence networks within Design Structure Matrices (DSM); applying the Change Prediction Method (CPM) tool. It posits the idea of the ‘Networks-in-Being’ with varying individual and collective characteristics. [Social] networks are considered to facilitate information exchange between actors. At the same time, networks failing to provide trusted-information can hinder effective communication and collaboration. Different combinations of trust may therefore improve or impair the likelihood of information flow, transfer and subsequent action (cause and effect). This paper investigates how analysing different types of network-structures-in-being can support collaboration and decision-making by using the change prediction method as a way of scoping information propagation between actors within a network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design
Subtitle of host publicationImpacting Society through Engineering Design
EditorsS.J. Culley, B.J. Hicks, T.C. McAloone, T.J. Howard, P. Badke-Schaub
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2011
Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201119 Aug 2011

Publication series

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


Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED11


  • ecology
  • dynamic social networks
  • system identification
  • design communication
  • trust
  • collaboration
  • adaptation
  • instrument
  • design


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