The design co-ordination framework: key elements for effective product development

M.M. Andreasean, A.H.B. Duffy, K.J. MacCallum, J. Bowen, T. Storm

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This paper proposes a Design Co-ordination Framework (DCF) i.e. a concept for an ideal DC system with the abilities to support co-ordination of various complex aspects of product development. A set of frames, modelling key elements of co-ordination, which reflect the states of design, plans, organisation, allocations, tasks etc. during the design process, has been identified. Each frame is explained and the co-ordination, i.e. the management of the links between these frames, is presented, based upon characteristic DC situations in industry. It is concluded that while the DCF provides a basis for our research efforts into enhancing the product development process there is still considerable work and development required before it can adequately reflect and support Design Co-ordination.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Event1st International Engineering Design Debate - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Sep 199624 Sep 1996


Conference1st International Engineering Design Debate
Abbreviated titleEDD'96
CountryUnited Kingdom



  • design engineering
  • product development
  • design co-ordination

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Andreasean, M. M., Duffy, A. H. B., MacCallum, K. J., Bowen, J., & Storm, T. (1996). The design co-ordination framework: key elements for effective product development. Paper presented at 1st International Engineering Design Debate, Glasgow, United Kingdom.