A meta-model for communication in engineering design

Maier, A. M.; Eckert, C. M. and Clarkson, P. J. (2005). A meta-model for communication in engineering design. CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts, 1(4) pp. 243–254.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15710880500478353

Abstract

This paper seeks to address different ways of conceptualising communication - a mechanistic and a systemic view. The views are considered complementary rather than exclusionary. A meta-model of how communication in engineering design can be conceptualised to analyse communication issues in industrial practice is proposed. The model combines an information-centred view reflecting the exchange of information with interactional and situational aspects. It is intended to provide the backbone of an audit method with which the current ('as-is' ) as well as the desired ('to be') communication situation in a company can be diagnosed. The conceptual meta-model for communication in engineering design presented here is part of a wider research project that aims at assessing the current and the desired communication situation in design teams by raising awareness and providing a platform for reflection.

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