The effect of personality on the design team: lessons from industry for design education

Christian Mclening*, Lyndon Buck

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Abstract

This study examines the effect of individual character types in design teams through case studies at ARUP associates and five United Kingdom university design degree programmes. By observing an individual's approach and contribution within a team, patterns of design behaviour are highlighted and compared within the industrial and academic examples. Initial findings have identified discreet differences in design approach and ways of working. By identifying these initial character clusters, design behaviour can be predicted to help teams and individuals to strengthen their design process. This research brings together: 1. The design process and how engineering and design teams work to solve problems. 2. The natural characteristics of individuals and how they approach problems. This difference of approach can be viewed in relation to the design process where engineers and designers will recognise their preference for certain stages of the design process. This study suggests that these individual preferences are suited to different stages of the design process, and that industry uses teams to ensure a broad range of views, an approach design education would do well to apply by establishing collaborative input in the design process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of E&PDE 2010, the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationwhen design education and design research meet
EditorsW. Boks, W. Ion, C. McMahon, B. Parkinson
PublisherDesign Society
Pages478-483
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-9046-7019-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: when design education and design research meet - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 2 Sep 20103 Sep 2010

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Abbreviated titleE&PDE 2010
CountryNorway
CityTrondheim
Period2/09/103/09/10

Keywords

  • character type
  • cross-disciplinary
  • design teams

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    Mclening, C., & Buck, L. (2010). The effect of personality on the design team: lessons from industry for design education. In W. Boks, W. Ion, C. McMahon, & B. Parkinson (Eds.), Proceedings of E&PDE 2010, the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: when design education and design research meet (pp. 478-483). [134] Design Society. https://www.designsociety.org/publication/30146/the_effect_of_personality_on_the_design_team_lessons_from_industry_for_design_education