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The impact of the geographic distribution of design engineers on the pace of engineering development

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dc.contributor.advisor Ricardo Valerdi. en_US Schiller, David (David Andrew), 1975- en_US
dc.contributor.other System Design and Management Program. en_US 2006-12-18T20:41:10Z 2006-12-18T20:41:10Z 2006 en_US 2006 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design and Management Program, 2006. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 69-70). en_US
dc.description.abstract The increasing use of digital design tools and broadband information networks is creating an environment that permits the geographic distribution of design engineers. In order to successfully distributed engineering the consequences need to be understood. Through the examination of records of project execution, this thesis investigates whether the decision to geographically distribute engineers has a measurable impact on the pace of engineering development. A task-based Design Structure Matrix (DSM) was developed and showed that the projects studied were developed using a highly integral process. It is hypothesized the unanticipated consequences of distributing engineers geographically will slow the pace of engineering development to such an extent that costs incurred in protracted engineering development outweigh the benefits. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) Three findings result from of this study. First, the geographic distribution of design engineers proved to have a negative affect on schedule performance causing distributed projects to overrun their schedules by more than twice as much as localized projects. Second, the development process for the systems studied was found to be highly iterative rather than adhering to the anticipated waterfall model espoused by the process documentation. Third, the level of task aggregation used to study this phenomenon affects the ability to identify the impact of distributed engineering. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by David A. Schiller. en_US
dc.format.extent 70 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.title The impact of the geographic distribution of design engineers on the pace of engineering development en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 71356618 en_US

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