Process Modularity Over Time

Modeling Process Execution as an Evolving Activity Network

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75902
Access full text here:10.1109/TEM.2019.2935932
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Teknik och teknologier, Other Engineering and Technologies, Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified, Annan teknik, Övrig annan teknik, Design process, Modularity, Network analysis, Process modularity, Produktinnovation, Product Innovation
Publication year: 2019
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Abstract:

Process modularity describes the extent to which processes can be decomposed into modules to be executed in parallel. So far, research has approached process modularity from a static perspective, not accounting for its temporal evolution. As a result, the understanding of process modularity has been limited to inferences drawn from aggregated analyses that disregard process execution. This article introduces and develops the notion of dynamic process modularity considering the evolving activity network structure as executed by people. Drawing on network science, the article quantifies process modularity over time using archival data from an engineering design process of a biomass power plant. This article shows how studying the temporal evolution of process modularity enables a more complete understanding of activity networks, facilitates the comparison of actual process modularity patterns against formal engineering design stages, and provides data-driven decision-support for process planning and interventions. Finally, managerial recommendations for interface management, resource allocation, and process decomposition are proposed, to help practitioners better to understand and manage dynamic processes.

Authors

Pedro Parraguez

DTU Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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Sebastiano A. Piccolo

DTU Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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Marija Majda Perišić

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
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Mario Štorga

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik; Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
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Anja M. Maier

DTU Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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