The effects of teams' initial characterizations of interactions on product development performance

Mohsen Jafari Songhori, Mohammad S. Jalali, Takao Terano

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    Coordinated search processes are pervasive in both organizations and product development projects. In such processes, designers with different specialties learn about their interdependent alternatives through a mutual adjustment process. In the context of a product development with several teams developing the new product’s subsystems, and using reinforcement learning and agent-based simulation modeling, this study looks at the performance effects of design teams’ initial mental characterizations about subsystem interactions. The focus is on two initial mental models, one in which teams over-weight their own subsystem’s element interactions, and another, in which teams over-weighting interactions between subsystems. The results indicate that both initial representations have critical performance consequences for product development. Specifically, teams prioritizing their interactions of their own subsystem’s elements gain short-run performance benefits as they converge to a local optimum in a short time period. Contrarily, over-weighting between-subsystem interactions leads to a tendency for teams to have long-run performance advantages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWSC'17
    Subtitle of host publication2017 Winter Simulation Conference: WSC turns 50: simulation everywhere!: December 3-6, 2017, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Las Vegas, NV
    EditorsVictor Chan, Andrea D'Ambrogio, Gregory Zacharewicz, Navonil Mustafee
    Place of PublicationPicataway, NJ
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-3428-8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-3430-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event2017 Winter Simulation Conference - Las Vegas, United States
    Duration: 3 Dec 20176 Dec 2017

    Publication series

    NameWinter Simulation Conference. Proceedings
    ISSN (Print)0891-7736


    Conference2017 Winter Simulation Conference
    Abbreviated titleWSC 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLas Vegas


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