Mindfully implementing simulation tools for supporting pragmatic design inquiries

Timo Hartmann*, Léon olde Scholtenhuis, Vedran Zerjav, Carissa Champlin

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Based upon a conceptualization of the engineering design process as pragmatic inquiry, this paper introduces a framework for supporting designers and design managers with a better understanding of the trade-offs required for a successful implementation of simulation tools. This framework contributes to the field of technology implementation research by extending the four principles of mindfulness—accounting for novelty, alertness to distinctiveness, sensitivity to different contexts, and awareness of multiple perspectives—to the realm of implementing simulation tools within design organizations. At the same time, the framework contributes to engineering project organization theory, by providing a structured manner of organizing an engineering design effort that is resourcefully supported by simulation tools and the capabilities these tools offer. The paper illustrates these contributions by applying the framework to retrospectively analyse the implementation of a traffic simulation tool within the setting of municipal city engineering
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-13
Number of pages10
JournalEngineering project organization journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2015


  • design inquiry
  • mindfulness
  • model abstraction
  • performance
  • simulation


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