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Simulating intertwined design processes that have similar structures: A case study of a small company that creates made-to-order fashion products

Wynn, DC and Eckert, CM and Clarkson, PJ (2011) Simulating intertwined design processes that have similar structures: A case study of a small company that creates made-to-order fashion products. International Journal of Product Development, 14. pp. 118-143. ISSN 1477-9056

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Abstract

The authors use simulation to analyse the resource-driven dependencies between concurrent processes used to create customised products in a company. Such processes are uncertain and unique according to the design changes required. However, they have similar structures. For simulation, a level of abstraction is chosen such that all possible processes are represented by the same activity network. Differences between processes are determined by the customisations that they implement. The approach is illustrated through application to a small business that creates customised fashion products. We suggest that similar techniques could be applied to study intertwined design processes in more complex domains. Copyright © 2011 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Concurrent projects Design customisation Design process simulation Resource limitation
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:10
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2014 19:19
DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.042296