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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, David C.; Eckert, Claudia and Clarkson, P. John (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(1-4) pp. 118–143.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN: 1741-8178
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Design in the 21st centuryNot SetAHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Keywords: design customisation; concurrent projects; resource limitation; design process; simulation; make-to-order; fashion products; product design; product development; small firms
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Design and Innovation
Item ID: 30536
Depositing User: Claudia Eckert
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 17:04
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 19:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30536
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