Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00163-018-0292-9
Title: Designing in young organisations: engineering change propagation in a university design project
Authors: Duran-Novoa, Roberto
Weigl, Joerg D 
Henz, Martin 
Koh, Edwin CY
Keywords: Science & Technology
Technology
Engineering, Multidisciplinary
Engineering, Industrial
Engineering, Manufacturing
Engineering
Engineering change
Change propagation
Young organisations
Start-ups
Mature firms
DSM
START-UPS
PRODUCT
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
INTEGRATION
MANAGEMENT
INNOVATION
SUCCESS
FIRMS
PERFORMANCE
INDUSTRY
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2018
Publisher: SPRINGER HEIDELBERG
Citation: Duran-Novoa, Roberto, Weigl, Joerg D, Henz, Martin, Koh, Edwin CY (2018-10-01). Designing in young organisations: engineering change propagation in a university design project. RESEARCH IN ENGINEERING DESIGN 29 (4) : 489-506. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00163-018-0292-9
Abstract: Engineering change (EC) is an important phenomenon in the design of products and systems, accounting for nearly one-third of the work effort; however, the literature has been focused on mature firms, and few studies have documented the impact of EC beyond them. Hence, we use a case study approach to study EC and its propagation in the context of a university design project as an example of young organisations, and compare it with the existing work done on mature firms. It was found that 33% of the changes that occurred in the case study were planned, and change propagation accounted for 20% of all changes. The propagation of changes was usually one step (67%), and it was concentrated in one independent network (54%). The results were subsequently compared with EC studies done in mature firms, being revealed that EC behaves differently in the context of a university design project; hence, existing change management tools developed to suit mature firms may not be directly suitable for supporting university design projects. The findings from this work can be used as a platform to better understand how EC propagates when designing in young organisations and shape the development of appropriate change management tools.
Source Title: RESEARCH IN ENGINEERING DESIGN
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/200831
ISSN: 09349839
14356066
DOI: 10.1007/s00163-018-0292-9
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