Journal of Engineering Design
Special Issue on Dependency Modelling in Complex System Design
Dependency modelling techniques such as the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) support complexity management by focusing attention on the elements of a system and the dependencies through which they are related. The dependency modelling perspective highlights structures in systems and their environments. It can help to understand the implications of connectivity on different aspects of system performance. It can assist in understanding, designing, optimising and maintaining complex systems; including products, processes and organisations.
Since the ‘Design Structure System’ was introduced in 1981, a great deal of progress has been made exploring how different forms of dependency modelling can support complex system design. Many approaches have been developed, for instance based on DSM, MDM, and network analysis. Tools and methods have been transferred into practice.
Much has changed in the three decades since Prof. Steward’s seminal paper was published. This special issue on Dependency Modelling in Complex System Design will take stock of new developments and trends.
Authors are invited to submit research papers on any topic related to modelling and/or management of dependencies in complex system design. All papers will be peer-reviewed through the normal process.
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