A systems perspective on project management : interdependencies in the execution of capital projects in the automotive industry
Author(s)Knight, Victoria M
Interdependencies in the execution of capital projects in the automotive industry
Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Qi D. Van Eikema Hommes and Donald Lessard.
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The primary focus of the thesis is the analysis of a project management tool in executing capital-intensive, multi-stakeholder projects. While the example in this thesis is the result of work at General Motors (GM)' Global Casting, Engine and Transmission Center in Pontiac, MI, it is largely applicable to the management of any corporate endeavor with both a large budget and scope. Two aspects of project management are analyzed: project task management and the communication channels by which this is achieved. Using the GM example, this thesis compares the task linkages in the Microsoft (MS) Project file with how often groups meet and what is shared at those meetings. Design Structure Matrix analysis shows that periodic meetings involving all inter-related stakeholders are necessary to preserve effective project-wide information sharing.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division; and, (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, 2013.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. Vita.Includes bibliographical references (p. 58-59).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.; Sloan School of Management.; Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Engineering Systems Division., Sloan School of Management., Leaders for Global Operations Program.