Identifying the influences on performance of engineering design and development projects

Chris Snider, Emmanual Lia, James Gopsill, Sian Joel Edgar, Ben Hicks

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Abstract

Performance of engineering design and development projects depends on myriad factors, creating challenges in implementation and management. These are compounded by potential for high variation across contexts. This work investigates influencers upon performance and contextual variation through relationship between real industry issues and factors that influence project performance. Through survey, interview, and network analysis, issue-causing groups of features in each specific case are identified and compared. The results find a majority of issues arising from person-centric sources. They also identify both discrete groups of issues with narrow source and influence, and with broad ties across the project context; forms which may stem from conditions of the scenario. Finally, they show similarity in the influences on performance across contexts with a caveat that, while the influential area remains, the structure to be taken within may vary. General analysis clarifies performance in engineering and highlights those areas in which support-system development is of most use, and specific analysis gives areas in which industry managers should focus for best benefit to the project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17)
Subtitle of host publication Vol 2: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management
Pages299-308
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904670-90-2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2017
Event21st International Conference on Engineering Design: (ICED 17) - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17)
ISSN (Electronic)2220-4342

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Engineering Design
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period21/08/1725/08/17

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