Coordination approaches and systems - part I: a strategic perspective

Robert Ian Whitfield, Graham Coates, Alex H. B. Duffy, Bill Hills

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This is the first part of a two-part paper presenting a fundamental review and summary of research of design coordination and cooperation technologies. The theme of this review is aimed at the research conducted within the decision management aspect of design coordination. The focus is therefore on the strategies involved in making decisions and how these strategies are used to satisfy design requirements. The paper reviews research within collaborative and coordinated design, project and workflow management, and, task and organization models. The research reviewed has attempted to identify fundamental coordination mechanisms from different domains, however it is concluded that domain independent mechanisms need to be augmented with domain specific mechanisms to facilitate coordination. Part II is a review of design coordination from an operational perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-60
Number of pages13
JournalResearch in Engineering Design
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • design coordination
  • organisational models
  • project management
  • design engineering

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