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The relationship between organizational architecture, product architecture, and product complexity

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Original Publication Date: 1998-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 17K

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Software Patent Institute

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Sullivan, John P: AUTHOR [+3]

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Abstract

The aircraft gas turbine product architecture and manufacturing infrastructure are used to show the importance in the relationship between the organizational architecture and product architecture. The product complexity, organizational complexity and new product development costs are compared for three major aircraft gas turbine producers spanning the market from 2500 pounds to 100,000 pounds of thrust. It is found that organizational response to product complexity varies widely, resulting in a factor of 2 to 3 in both cycle time and cost for new product development, depending on the enterprise.

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The Relationship between Organizational Architecture, Product Architecture, and Product Complexity

by

John P. Sullivan
B.S.M.E. University of Florida, 1983 Director Component Engineering Pratt & Whitney Canada Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Engineering and Management

at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

November, 1998 [February,. 1999]

The author hereby grants to MIT permission to reproduce and to distribute publicly paper and electronic copies of this thesis document in whole or in part.

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System Design and Management Program November, 1998
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The relationship between organizational architecture, product architecture, and product complexity

The Relationship between organizational Architecture, Product Architecture, and Product Complexity

by

John P. Sullivan

Submitted to the System Design and Management program on January 15, 1999 in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Engineering and Management

ABSTRACT

The aircraft gas turbine product architecture and manufacturing infrastructure are used to show the importance in the relationship between the organizational architecture and product architecture. The product complexity, organizational complexity and new product development costs are compared for three major aircraft gas turbine producers spanning the market from 2500 pounds to 100,000 pounds of thrust. It is found that organizational response to product complexity varies widely, resulting in a factor of 2 to 3 in both cycle time and cost for new product development, depending on the enterprise.

A relationship between the product complexity and organizational complexity is established based on the documented product development procedures within these companies, and a proportionality is observed between the product complexity derived from the procedures and the expended resources required to develop new products.

Thesis Supervisor: Daniel D. Frey Title: Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Acknowledgements

I would like to gratefully acknowledge the help, support and sacrifice my family has made in making this thesis possible. In particular, I would like to thank my wife, for all the late phone calls, long discussions and encourageme...