Call for Papers

Dependency and Structure Modelling or Design Structure Matrix (DSM) techniques support the management of complexity by focusing attention on the elements of a complex system and how they relate to each other. DSM-based techniques have proven to be very valuable in understanding, designing, and optimizing complex system architectures such as those of products, organizations, and processes.

The International DSM Conference provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and developers of DSM-related tools to exchange experiences, discuss trends, and showcase results.

The 19th international DSM Conference DSM 2017 will be hosted by the Aalto University Design Factory, Finland on September 11th  –  13th , 2017. Papers of six to ten  pages can be submitted for review until April 21st, 2017. In addition tutorials, workshops and keynote speeches will complement the event.

DSM 2017 invites papers on DSM research and applications in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Process Innovation and Improvement
  • Product Architecture and Modularity
  • Organization Design, Coordination, and Integration
  • Knowledge Management
  • Project Management
  • Design Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • New Product Development
  • Global Production Networks
  • R&D Management
  • Risk Management
  • Social Networks
  • Socio-technical Systems
  • Big Data and Analytics

The conference is run by the international DSM Community in cooperation with Aalto University Design Factory, the Technical University of Munich, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information please visit: