An Exploration of the Human Element in Collaboration

DS 58-9: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 9, Human Behavior in Design, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Hunter, Matthew; Salustri, Filippo Arnaldo
Series: ICED
Section: Human Behavior in Design
Page(s): 221-232


In this paper, the authors propose that there is an inconsistency in the understanding of collaboration and of the collaborator because of a contradiction between attitudinal and behavioural characteristics of present day humanity and that in which is required from a collaborator and through collaboration. We will argue that the sources of this contradiction are an overdependence on scientific quantification and certain factors that affect the sociological and psychological formation of individuals and their respective relationships. We believe that this misunderstanding can be corrected through proper training and we suggest some avenues in that regard.

Keywords: collaboration, behaviour, human-centred design, psychology, sociology


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