Aggregation of Multiple-Level DSMs: Key Challenges and Some Tentative Solutions

DS 121: Proceedings of the 24th International DSM Conference (DSM 2022), Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October, 11 - 13, 2022

Year: 2022
Editor: Harold (Mike) Stowe; Tyson R. Browning; Steven D. Eppinger; Jakob Trauer; Pascal Etman, Sjoerd Knippenberg
Author: Yassine, Ali (1); Worren, Nicolay (2); Christiansen, Tore (3); Soldal, Kim (3)
Series: DSM
Institution: 1: American University of Beirut; 2: Norwegian University of Life Sciences; 3: Reconfig AS
Page(s): 21-28
DOI number: 10.35199/dsm2022.03


Team-based DSMs sometimes contain data representing three or more system levels (e.g., role/individual, team, department, organization). The question that then arises is whether and how lower-level units (e.g., teams) may be aggregated to higher level units (e.g., departments) in order to simplify clustering and analysis. In this paper, we describe the key challenges related to aggregation and outline some tentative solutions that may attempted.

Keywords: Design Structure Matrix, aggregation, organization design


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