Structural Analysis Crossing Domain Borders

Year: 2011
Editor: Eppinger, S. D., Maurer, M., Eben, K., Lindemann, U.
Author: Mørk, S.K.; Elezi, F.; Lindemann, U.
Section: DSM Methodology and Complexity Management
Page(s): 31-44


There has been a growing recent interest for domain-spanning dependency analysis of product development systems. Several models for depicting these inter-domain relationships have been provided with the Domain-Mapping Matrix (DMM), and the more comprehensive Multiple-Domain Matrix (MDM), but existing methods are often limited to tackle specific problems. This paper points out some general issues regarding structural analysis between domains, and suggests directions for a generic analysis of inter-domain dependencies. Inspired by General System Theory, three structural criteria are converted into indicators that are comparable, also between system and project borders.

Keywords: Structural complexity management, inter-domain dependencies, Multiple-Domain Matrix, structural analysis, General Systems Theory


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