A Socio-Technical Framework for Collaborative Product Development

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Stephen C.-Y. Lu, Qingfeng Li

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, OHE 430, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1453

Michael Case, Francois Grobler

 US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL 61826-9005

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 6(2), 160-169 (Jul 20, 2005) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2194912 History: Received February 09, 2005; Revised July 20, 2005

Human behavior dynamics impact technical decisions that cause societal changes, which, in turn, shape social dynamics to influence future technical decisions. This paper presents a socio-technical framework, based on the Engineering as Collaborative Negotiation paradigm. Collaborative product development is viewed as a socially mediated technical activity aiming to achieve a human purpose and modeled as a dynamic co-construction process, where stakeholders’ perspectives continuously evolve to form a share reality through collaborative negotiations. The paper introduces the socio-technical framework, the socio-technical co-construction process, and its software implementation. It also reports the applications of this research in the facility planning and development domain.

Copyright © 2006 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Perspective distance and cluster analyses

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The socio-technical co-construction (STC) process within STF

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Perspective model network (PMN) and perspective interaction matrix (PIM)

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Fort Future application scenario

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Perspective modeling and conflict resolution in STARS



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