Towards managing team-interfaces: An exploratory elicitation of factors influencing communication'

Anja Maier, Claudia Eckert, P John Clarkson

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Abstract

Many researchers and practitioners in industry have identified communication between people as a major determinant of success or failure in (design) projects. Our empirical investigations indicate that many non-technical problems are – mostly unintentionally – labeled ‘communication problems’. Upon scrutiny, however, many appear to be caused by factors such as lack of ‘overview of the sequence of tasks in the (design) process’ or conflicting ‘goals and objectives’. In such situations, a ‘communication problem’ might be the outcome rather than the cause. Communication is influenced by manifold factors related to information, representations, the individual, the team and the organisation. In this paper we argue that factors influencing communication provide levers through which communication can be improved. We introduce a descriptive record of influences identified through literature review and interviews in industry. Knowledge of such factors could aid researchers in generating hypotheses about communication and design performance, practitioners for management practices, and educators for teaching ‘soft’ competences.
Keyword: Competences,Performance Assessment,Collaboration,Teamwork,Communication,New Product Development,Design
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Volume3
Publication date2009
Pages275-286
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Engineering Design - Stanford, United States
Duration: 24 Aug 200927 Aug 2009
Conference number: 17
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Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Number17
CountryUnited States
CityStanford
Period24/08/200927/08/2009
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Maier, A., Eckert, C., & Clarkson, P. J. (2009). Towards managing team-interfaces: An exploratory elicitation of factors influencing communication'. In Proceedings of 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (Vol. 3, pp. 275-286)