Identification of leading indicators for producibility risk in early-stage aerospace product development
Author(s)Ball, Allen J. (Allen Joseph)
Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Nancy Leveson and Roy Welsch.
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Producibility is an emergent property of product development and manufacturing systems that encapsulates quality, product compliance, cost, and schedule. Detailed product definition and process variation have traditionally been a focus area for understanding risk for producibility losses. It is proposed for this investigation that while assumptions inherent to product configuration and process selection can significantly impact producibility, producibility risk and realized producibility losses are primarily indicated by organizational design assumptions and associated phased implementation of programmatic governance. This premise is systematically explored through an assessment of organizational dynamics and product development performance within Aerospace Corporation X. An extension of the hazard analysis technique System Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) is invoked for leading indicator derivation from assumptions underlying causality of inadequate producibility control. Indicator integration with risk management processes is outlined, and a combination of expert-assessments and quality loss correlation are used to validate indicator significance. As a result of these investigations, it is concluded that functional isolation, phased capability and control, and differing performance incentives are central to producibility loss. In addition, these factors are deemed to be more important than product feature-based sources of producibility risk. Extension of STPA for indicator identification is validated and recommendations are provided for implementation of a leading indicator monitoring program.
Thesis: M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, 2015. In conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT.Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015. In conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-163).
DepartmentSloan School of Management.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.; Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management., Aeronautics and Astronautics., Leaders for Global Operations Program.