Engineering for Shared Understanding in Heterogeneous Work Groups - An Action Research Study at a German Automotive Company
Group Decision and Negotiation, p. 123, 2013
13 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2013
Heterogeneity in work groups creates challenges to build a shared understanding among diverse group members and to integrate knowledge of different actors successfully. In an action research study with experience diverse tool and dye-makers at a German car manufacturing company, we developed a collaboration process design to systematically support heterogeneous groups in building a shared understanding of the sequence of activities in complex work processes. Participants showed the intended team learning behaviors and an increase in shared understanding.
Keywords: Collaboration Engineering, Shared Understanding, Knowledge Integration, Heterogeneous Groups
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