Research in Engineering Design

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 1–21

Change and customisation in complex engineering domains

Authors

    • Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, Department of EngineeringUniversity of Cambridge
  • P. John Clarkson
    • Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, Department of EngineeringUniversity of Cambridge
  • Winfried Zanker
    • Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, Department of EngineeringUniversity of Cambridge
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00163-003-0031-7

Cite this article as:
Eckert, C., Clarkson, P.J. & Zanker, W. Res Eng Design (2004) 15: 1. doi:10.1007/s00163-003-0031-7

Abstract

Based on a detailed case study on change and customisation to existing products in the aerospace industry, this paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the problems and processes associated with product change. It looks at the potential causes and effects of changes, and analyses the formal and informal processes that are used to handle change. Change processes become problematic when change to one system propagates to other systems, because the tolerance margins of individual parameters are exceeded. The paper concludes with suggestions for handling change.

Keywords

Change Change management Redesign

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