Investigating design cognition in the construction and enactment of team mental models

A. Dong, M. Kleinsmann, F. Deken

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Abstract

When discussing the performance of design teams, researchers repeatedly stress the role of design cognition. A major challenge in this research is assessing the collective cognitive structures and processes of a design team. Based on the construct of the team mental model, we present advances to two complementary research methods, latent semantic analysis and reflective practice analysis, to provide a way to model design team cognition over time so as to identify which aspects are relevant to design performance. Together these methods characterize: (1) the emergence of sharedness of the team mental model; (2) the accuracy of the team mental model in relation to a dynamic referent model; and, (3) the enactment of the team mental model as goal-directed behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-33
JournalDesign Studies
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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