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The Resource Hitting the brakes : engineering design and the production of knowledge, Ann Johnson, (electronic book)

Hitting the brakes : engineering design and the production of knowledge, Ann Johnson, (electronic book)

Label
Hitting the brakes : engineering design and the production of knowledge
Title
Hitting the brakes
Title remainder
engineering design and the production of knowledge
Statement of responsibility
Ann Johnson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Hitting the Brakes, Ann Johnson illuminates the complex social, historical, and cultural dynamics of engineering design, in which knowledge communities come together to produce new products and knowledge. Using the development of antilock braking systems for passenger cars as a case study, Johnson shows that the path to invention is neither linear nor top-down, but highly complicated and unpredictable. Individuals, corporations, university research centers, and government organizations informally coalesce around a design problem that is continually refined and redefined as paths of development are proposed and discarded, participants come and go, and information circulates within the knowledge community. Detours, dead ends, and failures feed back into the developmental process, so that the end design represents the convergence of multiple, diverse streams of knowledge. The development of antilock braking systems (ABS) provides an ideal case study for examining the process of engineering design because it presented an array of common difficulties faced by engineers in research and development. ABS did not develop predictably. Research and development took place in both the public and private sectors and involved individuals working in different disciplines, languages, institutions, and corporations. Johnson traces ABS development from its first patents in the 1930s to the successful 1978 market introduction of integrated ABS by Daimler and Bosch. She examines how a knowledge community first formed around understanding the phenomenon of skidding, before it turned its attention to building instruments to measure, model, and prevent cars' wheels from locking up. While corporations' accounts of ABS development often present a simple linear story, Hitting the Brakes describes the full social and cognitive complexity and context of engineering design
Cataloging source
NcD
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1965-
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Johnson, Ann
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TL269.3
LC item number
.J64 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Automobiles
  • Automobiles
  • Automobiles
  • Technological innovations
  • Knowledge management
Label
Hitting the brakes : engineering design and the production of knowledge, Ann Johnson, (electronic book)
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Publication
Note
Description based on print version record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Design and the knowledge community -- Genealogy of knowledge communities and their artifacts -- The British Road Research Laboratory : constructing the questions -- The track and the lab : brake testing from dynamometers to simulations -- From things back to ideas : constructing theories of vehicle dynamics -- Learning from failure : antilock systems emerge in the United States -- Eines ist sicher! Successful antilock systems in West Germany -- Public proprietary knowledge? Knowledge communities between the private and public sectors -- ABS and risk compensation
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 207 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780822391043
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Hitting the brakes : engineering design and the production of knowledge, Ann Johnson, (electronic book)
Publication
Note
Description based on print version record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Design and the knowledge community -- Genealogy of knowledge communities and their artifacts -- The British Road Research Laboratory : constructing the questions -- The track and the lab : brake testing from dynamometers to simulations -- From things back to ideas : constructing theories of vehicle dynamics -- Learning from failure : antilock systems emerge in the United States -- Eines ist sicher! Successful antilock systems in West Germany -- Public proprietary knowledge? Knowledge communities between the private and public sectors -- ABS and risk compensation
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 207 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780822391043
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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