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Important Factors for Project Performance in Collaborative Product Development: A Survey Investigating Contextual Settings
Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Product Development, ISSN 1477-9056, E-ISSN 1741-8178, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 193-210Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although much research has focused on cross-functionality in product development, few studies focus on the contextual setting of the collaborative product development project. This article presents the results from a survey. The survey aims to identify the relationships between project performance and different factors when the contextual setting varies. The studied projects involved different functions: suppliers, partners, maintenance, etc. Three contextual settings were explored, including internal product development, integrated product development and distributed product development. Six factors were found to have strong correlation with project performance. Measurability of requirements, shared visions and goals for the project team, and the decision-making process were highly correlated with project performance. Several of the factors correlated strongly with the project performance in distributed product development. The relationships are presented in a system model. This article in particular, shows the importance of decision-making among actors in a distributed context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 8, no 2, p. 193-210
Keyword [en]
Collaboration, Collaborative product development, Contextual setting, Decision-making, Interface, Project management, Survey, System model, Tools and methods
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4089DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2009.024188Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-64049108323OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4089DiVA, id: diva2:120693
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Managing Collaborative Product Development: A Model for Identifying Key Factors in Product Development Projects
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing Collaborative Product Development: A Model for Identifying Key Factors in Product Development Projects
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The increasing complexity of products and systems today has forced new processes, methods, and tools for managing the development of products. It has also forced the development of complex organisations and diverse relationships among functions and peoples within product development organisations. This implies a need for integrated processes. There is a need to study collaborative product development (CPD) from a holistic perspective, where internal as well as external collaboration are studied as integrated parts of CPD settings.

Thus, the main purpose of the research project is to facilitate the efficient execution of collaborative product development projects in the manufacturing industry. Further, the objective is to provide a supporting model for analysing and setting up projects in CPD settings. This will enable successful product development in terms of lowering costs, increasing the perceived quality of the product, and improving the timing to market. The focus is on the CPD projects, linking internal and external collaboration.

A systems approach is applied to the research project to obtain the holistic view needed for addressing the CPD setting. Within the research project, case study research is used as the primary method when gathering empirics. The results from four case studies are tested and analysed in a concluding survey.

The results show that shared visions and goals, the decision-making process, tools and methods, requirement management, and involvement are the most important factors for efficient CPD projects. If the collaborative complexity is high, the first four factors are especially important. The results are presented in a model to be used as a support when setting-up and managing CPD projects. The model is applied together with a process for managing CPD projects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalens högskola, 2007
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 45
Keyword
Collaborative product development, Integrated product development, Concurrent engineering, Product development, Product design, Collaboration, Integration, Communication, Key factors, Decision-making, Knowledge transfer, Experience reuse
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation och design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-235 (URN)978-91-85485-49-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-06-19, Filen, Verktyget, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 14:00
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Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09

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