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The Virtual Design Team: A Computer Simulation Framework for Studying Organizational Aspects of Concurrent Design

TitleThe Virtual Design Team: A Computer Simulation Framework for Studying Organizational Aspects of Concurrent Design
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsJin, Y, Levitt, RE, Christiansen, T
IssueWP024
Date Published11/1993
PublisherCIFE
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsartificial intelligence, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Organizational Theory, Simulation, Stanford University, VDT, Virtual Design Team
AbstractEngineering disciplines have long had mathematical models and, more recently, numerical computational models, to support analysis and optimization of physical systems. In contrast, the use of computers to support analysis in the design of social systems has been very limited. The goal of the Virtual Design Team (VDT) research project is to develop computerized analysis tools to support the systematic design of organization structures-including the communication tools that permit data, decisions and knowledge to be shared within and between organizations for complex, project-oriented tasks. The Virtual Design Team is a computational discrete event simulation model incorporating qualitative reasoning concepts derived from artificial intelligence research. VDT explicitly incorporates information processing and communication models from organization theory that allow qualitative predictions of organizational performance. VDT's behavior has been validated extensively for internal consistency. Its behavior also compares well with theoretical predictions about, and the observed behavior of, real project teams of petrochemical refinery, offshore oil systems, and power plant construction. In this paper we describe the theoretical basis for, and implementation of, VDT and explain how it can be used to teach future project managers about the design of organization structures.
URLhttps://purl.stanford.edu/nr267cv2120
PDF Linkhttps://stacks.stanford.edu/file/druid:nr267cv2120/WP024.pdf
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