Socio-constructivist account of collaboration in concept design

Danilo Gomes, Patricia Tzortzopoulos, Mike Kagioglou

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In a collective design situation, participants usually have limited understanding of how other designers operate in the project and how their work has interdependencies with other design tasks. Most commonly, misunderstandings between team members will emerge around vague design representations and undocumented decisions, creating negative iterations in design. Collaboration at concept design includes actions to build shared understanding of product and process concepts amongst the design team. In this paper, it is suggested that the wicked nature of concept design requires collaboration to be conceptualised in terms of collective creative actions within team interactions. Through a synthesis of the literature, a model to study collaboration in concept design is suggested. The model proposes that collaboration is determined by the group's ability to perform collective-reflective actions. Further development on the proposed model will provide ways of measuring and improving collaboration within multidisciplinary design teams.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLC3 2017
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
EditorsKen Walsh, Rafael Sacks, Ioannis Brilakis
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780956595171
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Event25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Hersonissos, Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 9 Jul 201712 Jul 2017
Conference number: 25 (Link to Conference Website )


Conference25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC25
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