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Investigating Emergent Design Failures Using a Knowledge-Action-Decision Framework

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[Technical Report, Doctoral Thesis]

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University of Michigan

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Cost growth and schedule delays frequently impact the design of naval vessels as well as other physically-large and complex products. In vessel design, many instances of cost growth, performance loss, and delays occur suddenly and are unexpected, causing significant damage to an acquisition program. These outcomes are not caused by physical product failure. Instead, they are symptoms of design failures and are characterized by emergent rework, inability to integrate disparate information, and unexpected design difficulty.

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  • Marine Engineering

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[A, Approved For Public Release]