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Accelerating the development of complex products in extended enterprises

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dc.contributor.advisor Daniel Whitney and Sebastian Fixson. en_US Dawson, Benjamin Alan en_US
dc.contributor.other Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US 2011-09-27T18:38:47Z 2011-09-27T18:38:47Z 2011 en_US 2011 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division; in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, 2011. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 136-138). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines strategies to accelerate product development in a large commercial aerospace program structured as an extended enterprise where first and second tier suppliers perform most of the detailed product development. Two of the program's primary objectives are to increase fuel efficiency and to reduce development time. Several structural engineering challenges and unanticipated delays have put these objectives at risk. This thesis examines the hypothesis that the program's product development enterprise is misaligned with the product architecture and that this generates undesired dynamic behaviors in the product development system, especially oscillation in loads on the airframe and in component designs. This work explores the specific causes of observed dynamic behavior in the design process during which suppliers and the OEM fail to come to agreement on important design parameters that affect weight, structural loads, and the resulting internal stresses in the structure. In addition, it suggests alternate strategies for dealing with engineering design changes and presents a simulation game and an agentbased model whereby it tests whether these strategies reduce the dynamically-induced delays. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Benjamin Alan Dawson. en_US
dc.format.extent 138 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.subject Engineering Systems Division. en_US
dc.subject Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US
dc.title Accelerating the development of complex products in extended enterprises en_US
dc.title.alternative Accelerating complex product development in extended enterprises en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US M.B.A. en_US
dc.contributor.department Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division. en_US
dc.contributor.department Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 753704602 en_US

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