Design for values in engineering

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Abstract

Values have probably always played a role in engineering design. However, in current practices and design methods, the attention for values in engineering design tends to be implicit and unsystematic. Establishing Design for Values in engineering would require overcoming this situation. This contribution discusses which values play a role in engineering and engineering design, describes existing methods and experiences with Design for Values in engineering, and explores how values can be integrated into engineering design and existing design methods, in particular quality function deployment (QFD). It identifies four challenges for Design for Values in engineering: (1) discovery of the values to be included in engineering design; (2) translation of these values into engineering characteristics; (3) choice among design options that meet different values to different degrees; and (4) verification of whether a design indeed embodies the intended values.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design
Subtitle of host publicationSources, Theory, Values and Application Domains
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages667-690
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789400769700
ISBN (Print)9789400769694
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Design for values
  • Design for X
  • Design methods
  • Engineering design
  • QFD
  • Values

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