Towards a Disciplinary Framework for Engineering and Manufacture

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This paper presents the need to create a disciplinary conceptual framework. As participants and interactions of expertise in a project rise so too can costs, meaning if a project is transdisciplinary, being at higher levels of disciplinarity could become an expensive option. However, approaches for measuring levels of disciplinarity remain ill-defined and lack structure, so progress in this area is difficult to measure with a multiplicity of disciplinary scales identified. It is our view to guide rigorous scientific progress and meaningful industry support, a definitive conceptual framework, is required to underpin appropriate measures. This is currently lacking and to this end here, we outline interrelated studies to develop a disciplinary conceptual framework, detailing two studies to establish core transdisciplinary concepts for engineering and manufacturing. We conclude detailing ongoing work to measure aspects of disciplinarity in industry, leading to the creation of a disciplinary indexing tool/process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXXV - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Incorporating the 36th National Conference on Manufacturing Research
EditorsMahmoud Shafik, Keith Case
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994398
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2022
Event19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2022 - Derby, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20228 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering


Conference19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2022
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work reported in this paper was undertaken as part of the Designing the Future: Resilient Trans-Disciplinary Design Engineers Project, at the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Surrey. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Grant EP/R013179/1.


  • Conceptual Framework
  • Disciplinarity
  • Engineering
  • Knowledge Integration
  • Manufacturing
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Software
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Strategy and Management


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