The 9th International DSM Conference was held in Munich, Germany, 16th - 18th October 2007

Complexity is ever present in today's modern products, processes, organizations, and markets. Complex system structures are often seen as obstacles in the design and development of successful products and services. The ability to manage complexity can provide a major competitive advantage by enhancing product functionality, generating intellectual property safeguards, and facilitating the creation of innovations not otherwise possible.

Over the years, complexity management has taken different forms. The Design Structure Matrix is one that has proven very valuable in designing and optimizing technical systems, complex organizations, densely networked processes and large market structures.
The International Design Structure Matrix (DSM) Conference has, since long, been the forum to exchange developments, trends, and ideas to propel complexity management across various industries. Hosted by the Technische Universität München and the BMW Group in Munich, Germany, the 9th International DSM Conference is intended for researchers, management and industrial practitioners that cover the breadth of the today's leading technologies and their industrial applications. This three day conference, held from the 16 to 18 October 2007, brings international experts together in the discussion of advances in complexity management in an industrial context, the development of tools to handle complex architectures and in sharing new research ideas.

The following three main topics form the outline of the DSM Conference 2007:

Industrial Applications (Systems Engineering and Project Management)

  • Automotive
  • Architectural engineering and construction
  • Aerospace
  • Information technology / software
  • Manufactured and consumer goods
  • Plant Engineering
  • Other

Research trends

  • Systems engineering
  • Project management
  • Organization design
  • Market modeling

DSM software tools

  • Prototypes and research projects
  • Commercially available tools