Collaborative Trust Networks in Engineering Design Adaptation

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

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review


    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 : Impacting Society through Engineering Design
    Number of pages560
    VolumeVol.7 Human Behaviour in Design
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2011
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-27-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 15 Aug 201118 Aug 2011
    Conference number: 18


    Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design
    Internet address


    • Ecology
    • Dynamic social networks
    • System identification
    • Design communication
    • Trust
    • Collaboration
    • Adaptation
    • Instrument
    • Design


    Dive into the research topics of 'Collaborative Trust Networks in Engineering Design Adaptation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this