Title

Using collective system design to define and communicate organization goals and related solutions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2017

Publication Source

Journal of Enterprise Transformation

Volume

7

Issue

1-2

Inclusive pages

23-39

DOI

10.1080/19488289.2017.1339746

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISBN/ISSN

19488289

Abstract

One global movement to increase organizational efficiency is the “lean” movement and while lean implementations in organizations have had positive impact, there remain concerns about the rate and sustainability of successful implementation. The current article discusses the use of collective system design as a way to deal with these concerns for lean initiatives and other systematic changes in organizations. Collective system design provides a language for describing a system design with the goals of a system stated as functional requirements met by particular means, called physical solutions that are proposed as a hypothesis to achieve functional requirements. The current article describes the collective system design methodology and provides a manufacturing system re-design case evaluation that examines the synergy with value stream mapping. Leadership implications are then examined based on the case-study research.

Keywords

axiomatic design, collective system design, goals, line-of-sight, organizational goals and metrics, sustaining lean

Disciplines

Engineering

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