DEALING WITH LOSS: HOW DO DESIGNERS' RESILIENCE AND PERCEPTIONS OF SCARCITY AFFECT PERCEPTIONS OF DESIGN PERFORMANCE?

Grace Sibley, Cynthia Letting, Jessica Menold

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Abstract

Resources are an essential aspect of individual problem solving and their availability is critical for success. Resource scarcity is common in many industries and can affect the resources available to prototype, design creatively, and work freely. We argue that designers face scarcity and short timelines on engineering teams, and it is uncertain how these constraints may affect design outcomes and strategies. We also argue that designers must be resilient to overcome challenges faced during problem-solving. In this work, we study the interactions between resilience and perceived resource scarcity and how they affect perceptions of design performance. A controlled study was conducted to understand the linkages between resource scarcity, resilience, and scarcity mindset. We found that a perceived general scarcity of time in day-to-day life significantly predicted perceptions of design performance. Further, we found that participants with higher resilience scores were less likely to have their design idea affected by the induced resource scarcity. Our work builds foundational knowledge regarding the interactions between individual resilience, general perceptions of scarcity, and resource constraints in the context of engineering design. Further work may require more longitudinal-based studies to better understand resilience and resource scarcity over longer periods of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication35th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM)
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791887349
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
EventASME 2023 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2023 - Boston, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2023Aug 23 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume6

Conference

ConferenceASME 2023 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston
Period8/20/238/23/23

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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