DS 96: The 20th International DSM Conference

Year: 2018
Editor: Leardi, Carlo; Browning, Tyson R.; Eppinger, Steven D.; Becerril, Lucia 
Author: Ali Ahmad, Reem; Yassine, Ali
Series: DSM
Institution: Department of Industrial Engineering & Management, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Section: Complex Organizations
Page(s): 047-057
ISBN: 978-3-00-057492-4


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.

Keywords: NK Model, Design Structure Matrix (DSM), Product Development, Complex Systems, Performance Evaluation


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