EXPERIMENTING WITH THE NK AND DSM MODELS
Editor: Leardi, Carlo; Browning, Tyson R.; Eppinger, Steven D.; Becerril, Lucia
Author: Ali Ahmad, Reem; Yassine, Ali
Institution: Department of Industrial Engineering & Management, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Section: Complex Organizations
The theory of complex systems, which has been applied successfully in evolutionary biology, is gaining popularity for the modeling and analysis of complex product development (PD) systems. Modeling complex PD systems is essential to understand how system elements and their dependencies impact system properties in several aspects such as performance, convergence, and evolution. In this paper we use the NK and NKC models to simulate and analyze complex PD systems, which are represented by the design structure matrix (DSM). The main objective is to assess whether these models can be useful in analyzing DSMs; particularly, assessing the effect of architecture on performance and evolution.