Towards Shared Understanding on Common Ground, Boundary Objects and Other Related Concepts

Lauri Koskela1, Ergo Pikas2, Danilo Gomes3, Clarissa Biotto4, Saeed Talebi5, Noraina Rahim6 & Patricia Tzortzopoulos7

1Professor, Email: L.Koskela@hud.ac.uk, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queen Street Building, Queen St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DU, United Kingdom.
2Doctoral Student, Civil Engineering Dept., Aalto University, Tallinn University of Technology, Finland, Estonia, Email: Ergo.Pikas@aalto.fi
3PhD Candidate, Email: Danilo.Gomes@hud.ac.uk, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queen Street Building, Queen St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DU, United Kingdom.
4PhD Candidate, Email: Clarissa.Biotto@hud.ac.uk, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queen Street Building, Queen St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DU, United Kingdom.
5PhD Candidate, Email: Saeed.Talebi@hud.ac.uk, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queen Street Building, Queen St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DU, United Kingdom.
6PhD Candidate, Email: Noraina.MdRahim@hud.ac.uk, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queen Street Building, Queen St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DU, United Kingdom.
7Professor, Email: P.Tzortzopoulos@hud.ac.uk, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queen Street Building, Queen St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DU, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Since Aristotle, it has repeatedly been stressed that for engaging in meaningful discussion or debate, the discussion parties must share, besides a language, also knowledge, information, values and goals. What do we know today about this issue? How can that knowledge be used and advanced? The purpose of this paper is to consolidate our understanding on the many concepts that refer to preconditions for communication and collaboration in construction projects. The underlying research is conceptual by nature, and it is underpinned by a literature review. The findings show that currently there is a wide variety of terms and theoretical approaches that refer to the discussed phenomena. This situation invites for a conceptual synthesis and empirical research for its validation.

Keywords

Shared understanding, boundary objects, common ground, mediating artefacts, standardized methods, situational awareness.

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Koskela, L. , Pikas, E. , Gomes, D. , Biotto, C. , Talebi, S. , Rahim, N. & Tzortzopoulos, P. 2016, 'Towards Shared Understanding on Common Ground, Boundary Objects and Other Related Concepts' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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