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Proceedings of CAD'15, 2015, 366-370
A Framework for Understanding the Impact of Culture on Tacit Knowledge Sharing in Design Automation Teams

Light Zaglago, Craig Chapman, Hanifa Shah, Birmingham City University, UK

Abstract. While developing new ideas and products, design engineers generate massive amounts of knowledge which is stockpiled in databases, manuals and technical reports. The robustness and profitability of product designs depends largely on how efficient the design team accesses and uses knowledge. Also, most organizations involved in product development are struggling to survive with the rapid rate of technology development, change of customer needs, and shortened product life-cycles. However, during the primary design phases for complex product, detail about the product must be kept and repeatedly updated as the design advances. Among the  new technologies  offering  support  to  the  engineer  for  the  development  of  new  products involving geometry-related design is  Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) which embodies possibly the most important tool to date. According to Mohammed et al, KBE permits design engineers to preserve valuable engineering and design knowledge. Oldham et al pointed out that KBE is a computer system that facilitates the formation of an entirely engineered product design built on best practice by keeping the knowledge of geometry and data that relate to a product family.

Keywords. Culture, Tacit knowledge sharing, Design teams

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2015.366-370