ECSCW 2009 pp 383-402 | Cite as

Asking for the moon Or model-based coordination in distributed design

  • Kjeld SchmidtEmail author
  • Hilda Tellioglu
  • Ina Wagner


This paper reports on a study of practitioners in engineering design striving to transform their work practices so as to be able to cope with complex interdependencies across global production networks. As a key feature of these budding coordinative practices, practitioners are trying to build computational ‘models’ of the ‘design space’ of their enterprise. The paper examines the difficulties they face in developing these models.


Product Model Boundary Object Wicked Problem Heating Wire Computer Support Cooperative Work 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Alexander, Christopher: Notes on the Synthesis of Form, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1964.Google Scholar
  2. Arndt, Sven W.; and Henryk Kierzkowski (eds.): Fragmentation: New Production Patterns in the World Economy, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001.Google Scholar
  3. Becker, Markus C.; and Francesco Zirpoli: ‘How has the co-ordination of knowledge and competencies changed after the wave of strong engineering outsourcing in the automotive industry? The case of Italy', in Dixiéme rencontre internationale du GERPISA / Tenth GERPISA international colloquium: La coordination des compétences et des connaissances dans l'industrie automobile / Co-ordinating competencies and knowledge in the auto industry, 6–8 Juin 2002, Paris, France, 2002, pp. 1–20.Google Scholar
  4. Berger, Suzanne: How We Compete: What Companies Around the World Are Doing to Make it in Today's Global Economy Doubleday Publishing, New York, 2005.Google Scholar
  5. Bittner, Egon: ‘The concept of organization’, Social Research, vol. 32, no. 3, Autumn 1965, pp. 239–255.Google Scholar
  6. Bonazzi, Giuseppe; and Cristiano Antonelli: ‘To make or to sell? The case of in-house outsourcing at Fiat Auto’, Organization Studies, vol. 24, no. 4, 2003, pp. 575–594.Google Scholar
  7. Bowker, Geoffrey C.; and Susan Leigh Star: Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1999.Google Scholar
  8. Carstensen, Anders, et al.: Generalised AKM for Automotive Distributed Product Design, Work Package 3: Distributive Product Design in Automotive Supplier Industry, MAPPER Consortium, 5 March 2008.Google Scholar
  9. Chandler, Alfred D., Jr.: The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business, Belknap Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1977.Google Scholar
  10. Cheng, Leonard K.; and Henryk Kierzkowski (eds.): Global Production and Trade in East Asia, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, etc., 2001.Google Scholar
  11. Conklin, Jeff; and Michael L. Begeman: ‘gIBIS: A hypertext tool for exploratory policy discussion’, in I. Greif and L. A. Suchman (eds.): CSCW′88: Proceedings of the Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, 26–28 September 1988, Portland, Oregon, ACM Press, New York, 1988, pp. 140–152.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Gerson, Elihu M.; and Susan Leigh Star: ‘Analyzing due process in the workplace’, ACM Transactions on Office Information Systems, vol. 4, no. 3, July 1986, pp. 257–270.Google Scholar
  13. Harris, Richard G.: ‘A communication-based model of global production fragmentation’, in S. W. Arndt and H. Kierzkowski (eds.): Fragmentation: New Production Patterns in the World Economy, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001, pp. 52–75.Google Scholar
  14. Jacucci, Gianni; Hilda Tellioglu; and Ina Wagner: ‘Practices and cultures of knowledge management’, in CCE′07: 5th Workshop on Challenges in Collaborative Engineering, Kraków, Poland, 11–13 April 2007, 2007, pp. 99–112.Google Scholar
  15. Levinson, Marc: The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 2006.Google Scholar
  16. Lillehagen, Frank; and John Krogstie: ‘Active knowledge models and enterprise knowledge management’, in K. Kosanke, et al. (eds.): Enterprise Inter- and Intra-organizational Integration: Building International Consensus, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2002, pp. 91–100.Google Scholar
  17. Midler, Christophe: ‘“Projectification” of the firm: The Renault case’, Scandinavian Journal of Management, vol. 11, no. 4, 1995, pp. 363–375.Google Scholar
  18. Mili, Hafedh, et al.: ‘Business process modeling languages: Sorting thorough the alphabet soup’ [Manuscript]. November 2003. <>
  19. Rabe, Markus; and Frank-Walter Jaekel: ‘The MISSION project’, in K. Kosanke, et al. (eds.): Enterprise Inter- and Intra-organizational Integration: Building International Consensus, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2002, pp. 235–242.Google Scholar
  20. Rittel, Horst W. J.; and Melvin M. Webber: ‘Dilemmas in a general theory of planning’, Policy Sciences, vol. 4, 1973, pp. 155–169.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Sartre, Jean-Paul: Sartre on Cuba, Ballantine Books, New York, 1961.Google Scholar
  22. Schmidt, Kjeld: ‘Riding a tiger, or Computer Supported Cooperative Work’, in L. J. Bannon; M. Robinson; and K. Schmidt (eds.): ECSCW′91: Proceedings of the Second European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, 24–27 September 1991, Amsterdam, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1991, pp. 1–16.Google Scholar
  23. Schmidt, Kjeld: ‘Cooperative design: Prospects for CSCW in design’, Journal of Design Sciences and Technology, vol. 6, no. 2, 1998, pp. 5–18.Google Scholar
  24. Smith, Adam: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, vol. 1–2, Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London, 1776.Google Scholar
  25. Star, Susan Leigh; and James R. Griesemer: ‘Institutional ecology, “translations” and boundary objects: Amateurs and professionals in Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907–39’, Social Studies of Science, vol. 19, 1989, pp. 387–420.Google Scholar
  26. Subrahmanian, Eswaran, et al.: ‘Computer-based support for cooperative work in engineering design and manufacturing’, in P. Kidd and W. Karwowski (eds.): Advances in Agile Manufacturing. Integrating Technology, Organization and People. — Fourth International Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing and Hybrid Automation, Manchester, England, July 6–8, 1994, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 1994, pp. 109–112.Google Scholar
  27. Subrahmanian, Eswaran, et al: ‘The N-Dim approach to creating design support systems’, in DETC′97: Proceedings of ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, 14–17 September 1997, Sacramento, California, 1997.Google Scholar
  28. Tellioglu, Hilda: ‘Practicing modelling in manufacturing’, in D. Dori and Y. Reich (eds.): MBSE′09: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Model Based Systems Engineering, 2–6 March 2009, Haifa, Israel, 2009.Google Scholar
  29. UNCTAD: Trade and Development Report, 2002, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, New York and Geneva, 2002.Google Scholar
  30. UNCTAD: Trade and Development Report, 2005, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, New York and Geneva, 2005.Google Scholar
  31. White, Pepper: The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT, Dutton, New York, 1991. — MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2001 (Revised ed.).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Copenhagen Business SchoolCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Vienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

Personalised recommendations