An Analysis of Design Decision-Making in Industrial Practice

Saeema Ahmed, Claus Thorp Hansen

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Abstract

This paper describes research that confronts a generic decision-making model with design strategies employed by experienced designers. The relationship between the decision-making activities proposed by the model and the eight design strategies identified by an empirical study of design work is examined. The analysis led to a deeper understanding of the decision-making activities undertaken by engineering designers in industrial practice. The decision-making episodes undertaken by individual designers were supported by design strategies, not by formal decision-making methods. This implies that designers in practice do not rely solely on methods to support their decision-making process, but also on the use of relevant design strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Design Conference
EditorsDorian Marjanovic
Volume1-2
Place of PublicationDubrovnik
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb and The Design Society
Publication date2002
Edition1
Pages145-150
ISBN (Print)953-6313-46-4, 953-6313-45-6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event7th International Design Conference - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 14 May 200217 May 2002
Conference number: 7

Conference

Conference7th International Design Conference
Number7
CountryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period14/05/200217/05/2002

Keywords

  • Decision-making
  • industrial practice
  • empirical research

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