Mathematical modelling of a hierarchical framework for controlling NPD projects under a hard time constraint

A.B. Dragut, J.W.M. Bertrand

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Abstract

Based on the hierarchical framework introduced in Dragut, Bertrand (2002) for the control of New Product Development (NPD) projects under a hard time constraint, we formulate mathematically the project control. The relationships with the well-known mathematical project models are discussed. The framework splits the project horizon into a number of review periods. At the start of each review period the project state is reviewed in order incorporate the new information about the customer needs, and about the progress the engineers made in working on design tasks. This leads to the addition/deletion of design tasks, and to a stochastic solving time of the design tasks. The paper contributes to the area of mathematical models for the organization of work in an NPD, and to the development of management-related control concepts in the NPD projects, both areas that present research opportunities according to Brown, Eisenhardt (1995).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)90-386-1767-4
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameBETA publicatie : working papers
Volume73
ISSN (Print)1386-9213

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