Gender orientation of the design task: Product domain and familiarity issues

Gül E. Okudan, Sven G. Bilén, Xinli Wu

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Abstract

This study highlights the potential impact of the gender orientation of the product design task on the performance of design teams with different gender compositions. Then, it summarizes the methodology and results of a preliminary study conducted at the Pennsylvania State University, during Fall 2002 using two sections of the Introduction to Engineering Design course. The pilot study used 16 engineering design teams that completed two design projects. The first design project is a guided project and the second one is an open-ended, industry-sponsored project. The data collection was done during the second design project, which takes about 8 weeks of the semester. Preliminary results indicate that design experience affects the performance of design teams. In addition, despite the fact that the gender orientation of the design task is not found to be significant, as it is quantified for this preliminary study, the increase of female students in design teams result in lower design performance. However, the data set included does not warrant a conclusion on the effect of the gender orientation of the design task on design team performance. Therefore, further experimentation is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICED 03, the 14th International Conference on Engineering Design
EditorsAnders Folkeson, Margareta Norell, Ulf Sellgren, Klas Gralen
PublisherDesign Society
ISBN (Electronic)1904670008
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Event14th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2003 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: Aug 19 2003Aug 21 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
VolumeDS 31
ISSN (Print)2220-4334
ISSN (Electronic)2220-4342

Other

Other14th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2003
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period8/19/038/21/03

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation

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