Creating dynamic organizational modularity in lean construction design – Combining MDM and DSM methodology systematically

DSM 2012 Proceedings of the 14th International DSM Conference, Kyoto, Japan

Year: 2012
Editor: Onishi, M.; Maurer, M.; Kirner, K.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Reichardt, T.; Elezi, F.; Tommelein, I. D.; Lindemann, U.
Series: DSM
Institution: 1: Technische Universit
Section: Civil Engineering
Page(s): 343-355
ISBN: 978-3-446-43354-0


This research focuses on the application of structural complexity management methods in the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry. AEC design projects involve numerous
participants and stakeholders and are characterized by complex organizational structures. We systematically combine Multi-Domain Matrix (MDM) and Design-Structure Matrix (DSM)
methodologies, originally developed for Product Development (PD), to compare ‘as-is’ and ‘shouldbe’ patterns of communication during design in order to create an ‘improved’ state. The methodology
increases transparency of interrelations of project participants and facilitates the improvement process. As a result, clusters of highly interrelated project participants are identified; these can potentially facilitate a better coordination and information flow between participants involved in design projects. We examined the applicability of the proposed methodology in the exterior design process of a healthcare facility. The study concludes that the systematic combination of MDM and DSM methodology is potentially a powerful tool to help shape dynamic organizational modularity in AEC Design projects.

Keywords: Lean construction design, organizational DSM, MDM, project organization, rganizational modularity, managing communication ways, managing information exchange

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