Masters Theses


Akul Joshi

Keywords and Phrases

Artifact System; TRIZ; Su-Field analysis; Social Networks


“Extremely competitive markets and rapidly changing customer tastes are forcing companies to develop innovative and interoperable artifacts. Many companies use an ego-centric approach while developing new artifacts focusing exclusively on developing individual artifacts without taking into consideration the relationships they share with other artifacts. The consumer may use a number of artifacts to perform a set of functions called an activity. We argue that a lack of explicit artifact relationships forbids the surfacing of artifact interface/integration issues important for developing interoperable artifacts. In this paper, we define an artifact system (AS) as comprising artifacts that may interact with one another to deliver functions desirable for performing consumer activities. In the spirit of the “think about global (interactions) and act at local (interactions)” maxim, an allo-centric approach towards AS development by companies will be more beneficial to the end-user.

This study involves deduction of system evolution laws by analyzing the differences in two manifestations of AS, namely, the past state AS (PAS) and the current state AS (CAS). These laws will be used to generate various scenarios of the future state of AS (FAS) through reconfiguration of the CAS. The proposed methodology consists of the following tasks: a) representation of the AS networks/cluster, b) analysis of the AS networks using social-network and TRIZ concepts such as the substance-field (Su-Field) analysis to deduce system evolution laws, c) generation of alternative future state scenarios of the AS. The application of the methodology is demonstrated using a real-life artifact system”--Abstract, page iv.


Allada, Venkat

Committee Member(s)

McAdams, Daniel A.
Stone, Robert B.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2005

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

Reconfiguration of an artifact system based on TRIZ and social networks


x, 50 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 26-28).


© 2005 Akul Shantaram Joshi, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Restricted Access

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Subject Headings

New products -- Decision-making
Problem solving -- Methodology
Social networks
Creative ability in business

Thesis Number

T 8760

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