Over the past decades, the creation and development of new products has become a truly global activity. This requires people from different cultures on different locations to closely work together. This paper investigates, using actual case studies as a basis, the effect of different teamwork modes on the efficiency and effectiveness of bi-national design teams. A case study was designed and conducted to investigate the effect of three different teamwork modes in distributed design teams with Dutch and Chinese students. In the case study, panel feedback and reflection diary were used to measure design quality and team satisfaction. Then, grounded theory method was used for data analysis of each team. In this research, it is found that different teamwork modes have effect on design teamwork in distributed bi-national teams. In addition, it is also found that different teamwork modes fit for different design teams and projects. With regard to time aspect, it is also found that different project uncertainty and team uncertainty need different teamwork modes during design process. In order to improve design teamwork, it is important for designers to be aware of culture factor and make use of teamwork modes in design process.
|Title of host publication||NordDesign 2012 - Proceedings of the 9th NordDesign Conference|
|Editors||Poul Kyvsgaard Hansen, John Rasmussen, Kaj A. Jorgensen, Christian Tollestrup|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||9th NordDesign Conference, NordDesign 2012 - Aalborg, Denmark|
Duration: 22 Aug 2012 → 24 Aug 2012
|Conference||9th NordDesign Conference, NordDesign 2012|
|Period||22/08/12 → 24/08/12|
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- Cultural differences
- Design teamwork
- Teamwork modes