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dc.contributor.advisorOlivier L. de Weck and Thomas Roemer.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBlok, Paige Mahleren_US
dc.contributor.otherLeaders for Global Operations Program.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-17T15:52:32Z
dc.date.available2018-09-17T15:52:32Z
dc.date.copyright2018en_US
dc.date.issued2018en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/117982
dc.descriptionThesis: M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, 2018.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, 2018.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 82-83).en_US
dc.description.abstractA high degree of complexity exists in the product, processes, organization and supply chain at HIGHVOLT Prüftechnik GmbH, subsidiary of Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen. The current state complexity results from unique market dynamics, the highly technical nature of the solutions offered and customer demands for vast customization. Paramount strategic goals of the company are to reduce delivery time, decrease cost and mitigate risk. The focus of this project is to achieve these strategic goals through complexity management. We hypothesize that by beginning at a high-level collection of process, product and organizational complexity information, we can achieve a highly effective method for managing the complexity in the system. This project uses two primary diagnostic analysis techniques: thorough core process flow mapping and pain-point data collection from critical stakeholders. Synthesis of the process flow mapping and pain-point data reveals high complexity challenge areas. Specific problematic components and subsystems are also illuminated and subsequently evaluated for management, including modularization feasibility investigation and supply chain analysis. A case study is conducted on high-voltage capacitors, which were revealed by the investigatory process as a critical complexity and risk driver. This study validates the methodology and provides actionable recommendations to executive leadership, enabling progress towards strategic goals. These recommendations include employing a modularization strategy to a portion of the product portfolio in order to influence supply chain dynamics to increase HIGHVOLT's influence and autonomy. Results of this project include identification of thirteen critical high-impact areas with recommendations for further action. Specific high-risk drivers are also highlighted; particularly, reliance upon single-source suppliers. A deep investigation to alleviate the single source supply issue for high-voltage capacitors results in a novel technical solution that increases modularization to reduce variants in the product portfolio while maintaining essential flexibility and improving HIGHVOLT's supply chain dynamics.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Paige Mahler Blok.en_US
dc.format.extent89 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsMIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectSloan School of Management.en_US
dc.subjectAeronautics and Astronautics.en_US
dc.subjectLeaders for Global Operations Program.en_US
dc.titleA multi-axis approach to complexity managementen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.B.A.en_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSloan School of Management.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentLeaders for Global Operations Program.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc1051238470en_US


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