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Physical design tools support and hinder innovative engineering design

Jang, J and Schunn, CD (2012) Physical design tools support and hinder innovative engineering design. Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME, 134 (4). ISSN 1050-0472

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Engineers use various physical tools (e.g., computers, smart boards, notes, and prototypes) to support their design work. To understand cognitive processes underlying the innovative design process and to reveal the characteristics of innovation-supporting environments, we examined the pattern of tool use in 43 interdisciplinary engineering design teams enrolled in a full-semester product realization course. Teams worked all semester on a single project, with each team being assigned a different industry-sponsored project. Group meetings were video-recorded. Team success was measured in terms of meeting client requirements, and groups were divided into high, medium, and low success. Successful teams (i.e., high and medium success groups) were found to use a smart board and physical prototypes consistently more often throughout the design process, whereas unsuccessful teams (i.e., low success group) used a computer, laptop, and paper notes more often. Particularly, late adoption of physical prototypes was a key characteristic of unsuccessful teams. © 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jang, J
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 21 March 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Volume: 134
Number: 4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1115/1.4005651
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1050-0472
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 18:07
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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