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Agile Methodologies as a Management Tool for Physical Systems Engineering Development

Arnold, Max LU and Bashir, Tabish LU (2020) MGTN59 20201
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate an alternative way of management within physical systems engineering development (PSED), a term which represents all fields of engineering where physical components are involved. More specifically, analysing how agile methodologies can be applicable with the use of technological advancements to overcome the restrictions hindering the increase of efficiency and effectiveness of PSED industries, through agility. This thesis follows an inductive research approach designed as a single case study conducted over a cross-sectional time horizon, with the utilisation of semi-structured interviews. The interviewees consisted of a combination of professionals from a consultancy firm and experts within the... (More)
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate an alternative way of management within physical systems engineering development (PSED), a term which represents all fields of engineering where physical components are involved. More specifically, analysing how agile methodologies can be applicable with the use of technological advancements to overcome the restrictions hindering the increase of efficiency and effectiveness of PSED industries, through agility. This thesis follows an inductive research approach designed as a single case study conducted over a cross-sectional time horizon, with the utilisation of semi-structured interviews. The interviewees consisted of a combination of professionals from a consultancy firm and experts within the field. Besides empirical data, this thesis also incorporates literature from the best available knowledge of agile methodologies, product development, and management in general. The findings can be broken down into the three research questions. Firstly, the restrictions of applying agile methodologies within PSED, which consist of; cost, lead time, fragmentation, feedback, siloing, organisation and mindset. Secondly, the technological advancements for increasing the relevance of agility within PSED, which are; additive manufacturing, simulation technologies and communication systems. Thirdly, how the application of these technological advancements along with other solution approaches can contribute towards overcoming the specified restrictions, as demonstrated in a newly formed model created by the researchers. Conclusively and from a practical perspective, this thesis distinguishes organisation and mindset as the most challenging restrictions of agility within PSED. This thesis benefits the research field in the form of a developed model which comprehensively summarises how the specified restrictions of applying agile methodologies to PSED environments can be overcome in conjunction with technological advancements. This contribution is valuable to PSED organisations, as well as scholars in the field for both agile methodologies and technological change. (Less)
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Arnold, Max LU and Bashir, Tabish LU
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MGTN59 20201
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Agile Methodologies, Hardware Engineering Development, Physical Systems Engineering Development, Product Development, Technological Change
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English
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9011598
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this thesis is to investigate an alternative way of management within physical systems engineering development (PSED), a term which represents all fields of engineering where physical components are involved. More specifically, analysing how agile methodologies can be applicable with the use of technological advancements to overcome the restrictions hindering the increase of efficiency and effectiveness of PSED industries, through agility. This thesis follows an inductive research approach designed as a single case study conducted over a cross-sectional time horizon, with the utilisation of semi-structured interviews. The interviewees consisted of a combination of professionals from a consultancy firm and experts within the field. Besides empirical data, this thesis also incorporates literature from the best available knowledge of agile methodologies, product development, and management in general. The findings can be broken down into the three research questions. Firstly, the restrictions of applying agile methodologies within PSED, which consist of; cost, lead time, fragmentation, feedback, siloing, organisation and mindset. Secondly, the technological advancements for increasing the relevance of agility within PSED, which are; additive manufacturing, simulation technologies and communication systems. Thirdly, how the application of these technological advancements along with other solution approaches can contribute towards overcoming the specified restrictions, as demonstrated in a newly formed model created by the researchers. Conclusively and from a practical perspective, this thesis distinguishes organisation and mindset as the most challenging restrictions of agility within PSED. This thesis benefits the research field in the form of a developed model which comprehensively summarises how the specified restrictions of applying agile methodologies to PSED environments can be overcome in conjunction with technological advancements. This contribution is valuable to PSED organisations, as well as scholars in the field for both agile methodologies and technological change.},
  author       = {Arnold, Max and Bashir, Tabish},
  keyword      = {Agile Methodologies,Hardware Engineering Development,Physical Systems Engineering Development,Product Development,Technological Change},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Agile Methodologies as a Management Tool for Physical Systems Engineering Development},
  year         = {2020},
}