Complex Concurrent Engineering and the Design Structure Matrix Method

Ali Yassine, Dan Braha

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Concurrent engineering (CE) principles have considerably matured over the last decade. However, many companies still face enormous challenges when implementing and managing CE practices. This is due to the increased complexity of engineering products and processes, on one hand, and the lack of corresponding CE models and tools, on the other hand. This paper focuses on four critical problems that challenge management while implementing CE in complex product development (PD) projects. We refer to these problems as: iteration, overlapping, decomposition and integration, and convergence problems. We describe these problems proposing a unified modeling and solution approach based on the design structure matrix (DSM) method, which is an information exchange model that allows managers to represent complex task relationships to better plan and manage CE initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-176
Number of pages12
JournalConcurrent Engineering Research and Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Clustering
  • Complex product development
  • Complex systems
  • Concurrent engineering (CE)
  • Design structure matrix (DSM)
  • Partitioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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