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

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

Year: 2012

Section: Civil Engineering

Editor: Onishi, M.; Maurer, M.; Kirner, K.; Lindemann, U.

Author: Reichardt, T. (1,2); Elezi, F. (1); Tommelein, I. D. (2); Lindemann, U. (1)

Series: DSM

Institution: 1: Technische Universit

Section: Civil Engineering

Pages: 343-355

ISBN: 978-3-446-43354-0

Abstract

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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Dependency and Structure Modeling (DSM) originates from the methods that have come about from using the Design Structure Matrix and similar methods (matrix-based as well as graph based). These methods have proven very valuable in designing complex systems, optimizing technical systems and product architectures and organizations, densely networked processes and large market structures. With its ability to manage complexity by looking into the structure of a system, it has led to many other advances...

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