The 11th International DSM Conference was held in Greenville, South Carolina, 12 - 13 October 2009

The Design Structure Matrix (DSM) is an approach to managing complexity by putting the focus on  the elements of a complex system and how they are related to each other.  The DSM Conference is the annual forum to learn about DSM and other methodologies that are designed to better manage such complex systems.

Complexity takes many shapes in every business. In fact, complexity is ever-present. In products, processes, and organizations It is often seen as an obstacle to designing and developing successful products and services. Yet, complexity can provide a major competitive advantage if handled the right way. Complex systems can e.g. generate better functionalities, they can be made copy-proof, and they allow for innovations otherwise not possible.

The Design Structure Matrix (DSM) has, over the years, been proven to be very valuable in designing complex systems, optimizing technical systems and product architectures and organizations, densely networked processes and large market structures. With its ability to manage complexity by looking into the structure of a system, it has led to many other advances and methodologies nowadays.

The International Design Structure Matrix (DSM) Conference provides a platform for practitioners, academics and researchers, and software developers of DSM-related tools, to exchange experiences, development results, trends, and develop new ideas to complexity management in all kinds of industries from different perspectives.

The following  three main  topics formed the outline of the DSM Conference 2009:


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

  • DSM approaches and methodologies
  • DSM complementary approaches such as Domain Mapping Matrix (DMM)
  • Multiple-Domain Matrix (MDM) approaches
  • Systems Engineering, System Dynamics, General System Theory and others
  • Applications of Graph Theory in Engineering
  • Project management
  • Organization design
  • Market modeling


DSM software tools

  • Prototypes and research projects
  • Commercially available tools


Please the conference review for more details.

Call for Paper

For a compact overview, please download the call for paper:


       DSM 2009 - Call for Paper


We are looking forward to your participation!