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Modularization of Work Tasks for Global Engineering

[+] Author Affiliations
Peter Leung, Kosuke Ishii

Stanford University

Jan Benson

General Motors Corporation

Paper No. IMECE2005-82137, pp. 401-410; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4215-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper introduces a methodology that guides the modularization of work task for global engineering. Global engineering is a new collaboration model of co-developing engineering design systems with distributed teams. We consider the decision of allocating subsystem designs to engineering teams as modularization of work tasks. Previous efforts have reviewed the different approaches to analyzing product modularization, but few studies have investigated developing a methodology that focuses on process applications. We begin this paper with an overview of current modularization methods and of the definitions of Global Engineering. Then we present the three-step modularization methodology in detail: 1.) decompose the design system and its functional specifications by a flow down technique, 2.) identify the couplings between the system parts and the functional requirements, and plot the interactions in a matrix, and 3.) modularize design work based on the identified couplings for worksharing. As a case study, we apply the method to a vehicle interior design. We conclude the paper by discussing the case study findings and the appropriate application of this analysis. We also explain the methodology’s limitations and propose future research opportunities.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Project tasks



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