Past Designs as Repositories of Tacit Collective Knowledge

Date

2022

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Journal ISSN

ISSN

1879-7202

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Publisher

Springer

Type

Book chapter

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

As most engineering design proceeds by modifying past designs and reusing and adapting existing components and solution principles, a significant part of the knowledge engineers employ in design is encapsulated in the past designs they are familiar with. References to past designs, as well as encounters with them, serve to invoke the knowledge associated with them and constructed from them. This paper argues that much of this knowledge is tacit consisting in and/or made available by the perceptual recognition of features and situations, using a discussion of design margins to illustrate how engineers use tacit knowledge in reasoning about the properties of new designs.

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Keywords

Philosophy of design, Tacit knowledge, Know how, Object reference, Engineering epistemology, Design knowledge, Engineering design practice

Citation

Addis, M., Eckert, C.M. and Stacey, M.K. (2023). Past Designs as Repositories of Tacit Collective Knowledge. In: A. Fritzsche and A. Santa Maria (eds.) Rethinking Technology and Engineering: Dialogues across disciplines and geographies. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

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