Change Management Group
Modelling change in products
The Change Management Group researches the impact of change propagation in complex systems made up of components, activities or people. In particular, we are researching how knowledge of change propagation can influence the development of product architectures and design processes:
- by generating a better understanding of the nature of change in complex systems;
- by challenging current management of change practice in product and service design;
- by developing novel and useful design change management tools.
Our research is driven by practice. We are currently working with Rolls-Royce, Airbus, GKN Aerospace, BT, Laing O’Rourke and others to deliver on a variety of research topics and to define the priorities for future study.
We have developed a novel approach to change propagation analysis, known as the Change Prediction Method (CPM), to assist in the management of complex systems. A software tool, the Cambridge Advanced Modeller (CAM), which supports CPM and the use of Dependency Structure Matrices has been developed and is being used in industry. An edited book on Design Process Improvement was published by Springer in 2005.
Laing O'Rourke and 21 Consortium partners aim to address the fragmented delivery approach of the construction industry. The project will deliver the understanding, tools and approaches required to support early design decision making in the manufacture of novel construction components in an advanced manufacturing plant.
High Performance Modelling for Business Growth and Agility
BT is funding research to understand how organisations operate, and in particular to be able to deliver technological and organisational change under pressure from resource constraint and high levels of customer service. This involves mathematical and computer modelling of a range of complex interrelated problems.
Rolls-Royce is a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines. The SILOET programme was designed to accelerate the development and introduction of their low carbon aircraft engine technology. The Virtual Engine Design Systems project aims to develop novel design process models targeted at the early stages of jet engine design.
A three year European project, co-ordinated by Airbus, with 32 partners from 8 countries to develop new advanced techniques to manage aircraft thermal behaviour. The focus in on the development of a flexible and integrated multi-level, multi-disciplinary approach to enable concept phase design architecture trade-offs.
Cambridge Advanced Modeller is a software tool for modelling and analysing the dependencies and flows in complex systems such as products, processes and organisations. It provides a diagrammer, simulation tool, DSM tool and a variety of toolboxes. CAM is free for research, teaching and evaluation.
Edited by: John Clarkson, Claudia Eckert. Springer.
There is always room for improvement in design, whether it be a better product or for a better design process. Experience of working with automotive, aerospace and healthcare companies has shown that effective communication, management of change and process planning are essential for effective product development process.
Edited by: Peter Heisig, John Clarkson, Sandor Vajna. Springer.
This first book on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes (MMEP) presents leading national and international research in the fields of engineering design, process modelling in engineering design and product development, and innovation management selected for the first international conference MMEP 2010.
Edited by: Peter Heisig, John Clarkson. Cambridge Engineering Design Centre.
This second book on Modelling and Management of Engineering Processes (MMEP) presents leading national and international research in the fields of engineering design, process modelling in engineering design and product development, and innovation management selected for the second international workshop MMEP 2012.
Edited by: David Wynn, Matthias Kreimeyer, Katharina Eben, Maik Maurer, Udo Lindemann, John Clarkson. Hauser Publishing.
Dependency and Structure Modelling (DSM) techniques support the management of complexity by focusing attention on the elements of a complex system and how they are related to each other. DSMs can assist in understanding, designing and optimising complex systems including products, processes and organisations.