Delay and size in hierarchical organizations

Chung-Chi Hsieh, T. C. Woo

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As material and information flow through an organization, work is being performed; its very act incurs time and hence delay. It may be intuitive that, the larger an organization is, the longer the delay will be. This turns out to be not entirely true. In this paper, size and delay are found to be inversely related to each other, under certain conditions, enabling a speed-up with additional agents. Analytical relations and bounds are then developed, followed by simulations under generalized conditions. Without exception, analyses and simulations both exhibit globally optimal configurations in size and in delay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1185-1194
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Systems Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Sept 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications


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