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Knowledge use in an advanced manufacturing environment

Knowledge use in an advanced manufacturing environment
Knowledge use in an advanced manufacturing environment
It is now widely accepted that the active utilisation of a company’s knowledge is vital to maintaining competitive advantage in today’s knowledge based economy, particularly within design and manufacturing environments. Despite the rising popularity of Knowledge Based Systems [KBS] to support design reuse, designer’s interaction with these systems is still poorly understood. This paper presents the results of a longitudinal ‘diary study’ to evaluate the role of a KBS in designer’s activities. The results demonstrate the potential for a KBS to operate as the primary source of codified knowledge for designers and can be a viable alternative to verbal knowledge sharing with experts. A KBS is therefore found to be a significant asset for a Small to Medium Enterprise.
design knowledge, evaluation, computer supported design, case study/studies, ethnographic study
0142-694X
292-312
Reed, Nicholas
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Scanlan, Jim
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Wills, Gary
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Halliday, Steven T.
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Scanlan, Jim
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Wills, Gary
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Reed, Nicholas, Scanlan, Jim, Wills, Gary and Halliday, Steven T. (2011) Knowledge use in an advanced manufacturing environment. Design Studies, 32 (3), 292-312.

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It is now widely accepted that the active utilisation of a company’s knowledge is vital to maintaining competitive advantage in today’s knowledge based economy, particularly within design and manufacturing environments. Despite the rising popularity of Knowledge Based Systems [KBS] to support design reuse, designer’s interaction with these systems is still poorly understood. This paper presents the results of a longitudinal ‘diary study’ to evaluate the role of a KBS in designer’s activities. The results demonstrate the potential for a KBS to operate as the primary source of codified knowledge for designers and can be a viable alternative to verbal knowledge sharing with experts. A KBS is therefore found to be a significant asset for a Small to Medium Enterprise.

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Submitted date: 2010
Published date: 7 May 2011
Keywords: design knowledge, evaluation, computer supported design, case study/studies, ethnographic study

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Local EPrints ID: 163925
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163925
ISSN: 0142-694X
PURE UUID: 514e3cf1-4325-46c8-b9ec-9775e493f6fb
ORCID for Gary Wills: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5771-4088

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Date deposited: 15 Sep 2010 12:49
Last modified: 26 Nov 2019 02:00

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Author: Nicholas Reed
Author: Jim Scanlan
Author: Gary Wills ORCID iD
Author: Steven T. Halliday

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