IDRAK: SUPPORTING DIGITAL SOCIALIZATION IN ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECTS
Engineering design projects are delivered by temporary organizations that bring together a group of firms from the early design stages. Exchanges of tacit knowledge across firms’ boundaries through processes of socialization are important. However, physical cross-firm socialization opportunities are limited. Our research investigates digital socialization opportunities that could facilitate cross-firm transfer of tacit knowledge at the early engineering design stages. Here, we first summarize the theoretical underpinnings of digital socialization. Then, we present IDRAK, a proof-of-concept of a digital platform for supporting cross-firm socialization in engineering design projects. Finally, we discuss our strategy to validate IDRAK.