Complexity Management: Optimizing Product Architecture of Industrial Products by Michael MartiComplexity Management: Optimizing Product Architecture of Industrial Products by Michael Marti

Complexity Management: Optimizing Product Architecture of Industrial Products

byMichael MartiForeword byProf. Dr. Thomas Friedli

Paperback | September 25, 2007

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The discussion about increased product complexity in Western European companies has been omnipresent for decades. This is due to ever new demands (real or c- ceived) from the market and new possibilities (technical and others) open to the p- viders of products and services to come up fast with very specific solutions. The m- agement of this complexity inside the company so as to achieve a balance between the market benefits of more customer specific solutions and the internal costs induced by this is still a big challenge. After years of research in this area there is still a lack of tools to help practitioners to take decisions about the right degree of complexity for a product or the right design of a product architecture. Mr. Marti brings together three perspectives on this topic in an easily understa- able and communicable way: The strategy of the company (combined with the mat- ity of the product), the functionality, and the physical complexity on a component level. The visualization in a complexity matrix is an important new tool especially for fostering the understanding for complexity issues in a company! With this book Mr. Marti has come up with an outstanding contribution to product complexity management, which is crucial for the future competitiveness of companies in Western Europe. I hope that this book will find a broad distribution as well in pr- tice as in theory for the sake of our countries! Prof. Dr.
Dr. Michael Marti promovierte bei Prof. Dr. Fritz Fahrni am Institut für Technologiemanagement der Universität St. Gallen. Er ist als Produktmanager bei Siemens tätig.
Title:Complexity Management: Optimizing Product Architecture of Industrial ProductsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pagesPublished:September 25, 2007Publisher:Deutscher UniversitätsverlagLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3835008668

ISBN - 13:9783835008663


Table of Contents

Complexity as a challenge for enterprises The importance of product architecture Product development-oriented concepts Complexity management model Case studies