Engineering Design, and Society
18 Pages Posted: 27 May 2017 Last revised: 14 Sep 2017
Date Written: April 22, 2017
As a discipline, engineering is rooted in mathematics and natural sciences; as a practice, it is social at its core. Social science is a more recent development than the society that it seeks to document and understand. Bringing social science into engineering design has its pros and cons. Consequences of design, especially at aggregate or social level, are difficult to anticipate. Attempts to improve design by engaging with the social science must, however, be moderated by the modest record of the latter in making out-of-sample predictions.
Keywords: engineering, design, improvement, social science, information
JEL Classification: A1
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