Information flow structure in large-scale product development organizational networks

Dan Braha, Yaneer Bar-Yam

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This paper analyzes the statistical properties of real-world networks of people engaged in product development (PD) activities. We show that complex PD networks display similar statistical patterns to other real-world complex social, information, biological and technological networks. The paper lays out the foundations for understanding the properties of other intra- and inter-organizational networks that are realized by specific network architectures. The paper also provides a general framework towards characterizing the functionality, dynamics, robustness, and fragility of smart business networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-253
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Information Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex engineering systems
  • Information systems
  • Large-scale design
  • Product development
  • Social network analysis
  • Socio-technical systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Strategy and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences


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