Designing in a group – how does knowing each other influence design projects

Hayes, J. P.; Knight, L. A. and Newnes, L. B. (2008). Designing in a group – how does knowing each other influence design projects. In: 10th International Design Conference, 19-22 May 2008, Dubrovnik, Croatia.



This paper presents a study of engineering design groups that seeks to explain how knowing other participants can influence processes and outcomes in design projects. Research in this paper contributes a framework to approach understanding how interpersonal relationships influence group processes and outcomes. This acknowledges that engineering design is achieved through individuals working in groups. First a temporal perspective is introduced to understand how individuals (through interpersonal relationships), group processes and outcomes influence each other; secondly identity is presented as a theme to focus on how knowing other participants identity influences group processes and outcomes. Within this framework it is recognised that engineering design has different levels of complexity of which two aspects are considered: design type and design setting. These aspects place different demands on a project group and its members and this structure provides an opportunity for cross case analysis to generalise findings.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 25715
  • Item Type
  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • Keywords
  • group processes; interpersonal relationships; identity
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
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  • Depositing User
  • John Hayes