Solving design management problems using lean design management : the role of trust
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Design: A qualitative study was conducted that included 29 trust- and LDM-themed semi-structured interviews in the United States (California), Brazil and Finland; 11 focus group discussions were also organized to validate the interview findings.
Findings: The study reveals how LDM contributes to solving design management problems through two distinct but interconnected mechanisms: 1) improved information flow and 2) improved trust among project team members. A conceptual framework was crafted to illustrate the mechanisms in building trust by means of the social domain of LDM concepts.
Research limitations: The conceptual framework requires testing through an international survey or through multiple case studies.
Practical implications: The results indicate that design management would benefit from trustful environments and that trust may be the catalyst for actors’ engagement with LDM. Managers in charge of design within projects can use the conceptual framework when selecting the appropriate LDM tools, which should include both the social and technical domains.
Originality: The study emphasizes the importance of the social domain of LDM concepts. Previous studies have focussed on information flow aspects of LDM but have overlooked the value of interpersonal trust in solving design management problems.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Aug 2019|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- trust, lean design management (LDM)), collaboration, information flow, construction project, communication, design management