Complexity in New Product Development

Mastering the Dynamics of Engineering Projects

  • Authors
  • Jürgen Mihm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. Jürgen Mihm
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jürgen Mihm
    Pages 8-42
  4. Jürgen Mihm
    Pages 43-66
  5. Jürgen Mihm
    Pages 67-75
  6. Jürgen Mihm
    Pages 76-109
  7. Jürgen Mihm
    Pages 110-114
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 115-251

About this book


In organizational theory the coordination of many interdependent actors in complex product development projects is recognized as a key activity. With increasing project compexity this coordination becomes more and more difficult, and it is not yet known whether this effect can be controlled by frequent and intense communication among project members.

Jürgen Mihm analyzes which factors create complexity in engineering projects and how the negative effects of complexity can be mitigated. He builds a mathematical model of a complex distributed design project demonstrating how complexity inevitably arises from the interaction of simple components. He characterizes the dynamic behavior of the system analytically and with the aid of simulations, and he derives classes of managerial actions to improve performance dynamics.


Complexity Theory Dynamics Engineering New Product Development (NPD) Research and Development (R&D) research & development (R&D)

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Gabler Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2003
  • Publisher Name Deutscher Universitätsverlag
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-8244-7701-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-322-81432-6
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