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Telfer Research Seminar Series and Major Project Observatory - Tyson Browning Wealthier

Research Applications of the Design Structure Matrix - and - Publishing in the Journal of Operations Management

Date & Time

September 28, 2022


In-person or Zoom - Link provided in reminder email the day before the event


Kathy Cunningham

***M.Sc. Students, this event can count towards one of the six mandatory Research Seminars Series needed to attend (MHS6991 or MGT6991).***

This seminar is being hosted in conjunction with the Major Projects Observatory.

Tyson Browning, PhD

Part I:  Research Applications of the Design Structure Matrix (DSM)—45 minutes

The design structure matrix (DSM) is a powerful tool for visualizing, analyzing, innovating, and improving many kinds of systems—including product designs, organizational structures, and process flows.  The DSM is a square matrix showing relationships among system elements, which can be product components, software code packages, teams, companies, activities, etc.  By analyzing a DSM, one can prescribe a better (e.g., more modular) system architecture or organization.  Adding a time-basis to the model enables one to prescribe a faster, lower-risk process.  Because the DSM highlights process feedbacks, it helps identify iterations, cycles, and rework loops (key drivers of cost and schedule risk).  This presentation will provide several examples of how operations management researchers have used the DSM in varied contexts and applications to publish in top journals.

Part II:  Publishing in the Journal of Operations Management—45 minutes

This presentation will provide information about JOM, discuss recent developments and new directions, and answer audience questions.

About the Speaker

Dr. Tyson R. Browning is an internationally recognized scholar, educator, and consultant. He is a full Professor of Operations Tyson Browning Management in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, where he conducts research on managing complex projects (integrating managerial and engineering perspectives) and teaches MBA courses on project management, operations management, risk management, and process improvement. Prior to joining TCU in 2003, Tyson worked mainly in the aerospace industry. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Abilene Christian University before two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Tyson's research results appear in respected journals such as Decision SciencesIEEE Transactions on Engineering ManagementJournal of Operations ManagementManufacturing & Service Operations Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Production & Operations ManagementProject Management Journal, and Systems Engineering. He is the co-author of a book on the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) and the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Management.

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