Using personality type differences to form engineering design teams.

Shen, Siu-Tsen and Prior, Stephen D. and White, Anthony S. and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2007) Using personality type differences to form engineering design teams. Engineering Education, 2 (2). pp. 54-66. ISSN 1750-0052

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Abstract

This paper argues for the greater use of personality type instruments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II (KTS II), when forming engineering design teams. Considering the importance of teamwork in all aspects of education and industry, it is surprising that few universities in the UK use personality type information when forming design teams. This has led to many courses not getting the best out of their students, and more importantly the students not getting the most out of the teamworking experience. Various team formation methods are discussed and their relative strengths and weaknesses outlined. Normal personality type distributions in base populations are presented and compared with data from recent studies of engineering students, and the link between engineering, design and creativity is discussed. The results of this study have shown that the most important of the type preferences is the Sensing-iNtuitive (S-N) scale, with its proven link to creativity and learning styles. It is concluded that both engineers and designers have much in common, and a methodology of using personality type choice sets to select and form engineering design teams is proposed.

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Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Computer and Communications Engineering
School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
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