The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Vicious circles of parallelism

Record type: Article

Manufacturing development projects are frequently highly parallel and time-constrained. A study was undertaken of such a project as part of a delay and disruption (D&D) litigation to show the effects of delays and in-development product enhancements. The use of the cognitive-mapping technique revealed some key vicious circles, and in particular that increasing crossrelations between concurrent activities increases activity durations, which under time constraints causes activities to become more parallel and hence increases crossrelations. System dynamics was used to model these loops quantitatively, explaining the level of D&D experienced within the project, which was more than the sum of each individual causal effect as the effects compounded each other. A case study is used as a basis to analyse these effects, and discuss the wider implications for modelling projects for which project networks are the normal modelling medium, and possible ways in which the inadequacies of networks can be overcome.

Full text not available from this repository.

Citation

Williams, Terry, Eden, Colin, Ackermann, Fran and Tait, Andrew (1995) Vicious circles of parallelism International Journal of Project Management, 0263-7863, (3), pp. 151-155. (doi:10.1016/0263-7863(95)00034-N).

More information

Published date: 1995
Keywords: system dynamics, delay and disruption, litigation

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 36879
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/36879
ISSN: 0263-7863
PURE UUID: bceaa5a4-9059-4cbc-98a9-0237c822225a

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 08 Mar 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:43

Export record

Altmetrics

Contributors

Author: Terry Williams
Author: Colin Eden
Author: Fran Ackermann
Author: Andrew Tait

University divisions


Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×