Managing shared understanding in collaborative design projects

Maaike Kleinsmann, Jan Buijs, Rianne Valkenburg

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This paper describes an empirical study in the field of product design. It focuses on far-reaching integration of different knowledge domains. Knowledge integration between actors requires the creation of shared understanding about the project content. This research project provides insight in the barriers and enablers for creating shared understanding between actors from different disciplines. It gave insight the key problems concerning the integration of different disciplines. We collected data by observing meetings and interviewing actors. The learning history method was used to analyze the data. The paper ends with a discussion about the results and managerial implications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design
PublisherDesign Society
ISBN (Print)0858257882, 9780858257887
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Event15th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 05 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 15 Aug 200518 Aug 2005


Conference15th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 05
CityMelbourne, VIC


  • A large scale one of product
  • Collaborative design
  • Design communication
  • Shared understanding


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