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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
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