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Managing Collaborative Product Development: A Model for Identifying Key Factors in Product Development Projects
Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
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 [en]
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: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-235ISBN: 978-91-85485-49-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-235DiVA: diva2:120694
Public defence
2007-06-19, Filen, Verktyget, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 14:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09
List of papers
1. Understanding Complexity of Product Development in Small Companies: A Case Study
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding Complexity of Product Development in Small Companies: A Case Study
2004 (English)In: DS 34: Proceedings EDIProD 2004, Zielona Gora, Poland, 07.-09.10.2004, 2004, 149-158 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4085 (URN)
Conference
EDIProD 2004, Zielona Gora, Poland, 07.-09.10.2004
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09 Last updated: 2015-07-08Bibliographically approved
2. A Model for Evaluating and Improving Collaborative Product Development
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Model for Evaluating and Improving Collaborative Product Development
2005 (English)In: Proceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design, Volume DS 35, 2005Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4086 (URN)0858257882 (ISBN)
Conference
15th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 05; Melbourne, VIC; Australia; 15 August 2005 through 18 August 2005
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09 Last updated: 2015-06-29Bibliographically approved
3. Enabling Knowledge Transfer in Product Development and Production: Methods and Techniques From Artificial Intelligence
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enabling Knowledge Transfer in Product Development and Production: Methods and Techniques From Artificial Intelligence
2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4087 (URN)
Conference
1st Nordic Conference on Product Lifecycle Management. NordPLM’06. January 25-26, 2006. Gothenburg: Sweden.
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved
4. Efficient Collaborative Product Development: Critical Aspects and Parameters Influencing the Outcome of Collaboration
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Efficient Collaborative Product Development: Critical Aspects and Parameters Influencing the Outcome of Collaboration
2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4088 (URN)
Conference
International Conference on Project Management 2006
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09 Last updated: 2015-07-08Bibliographically approved
5. Important Factors for Project Performance in Collaborative Product Development: A Survey Investigating Contextual Settings
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Important Factors for Project Performance in Collaborative Product Development: A Survey Investigating Contextual Settings
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Product Development, ISSN 1477-9056, Vol. 8, no 2, 193-210 p.Article 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.

Keyword
Collaboration, Collaborative product development, Contextual setting, Decision-making, Interface, Project management, Survey, System model, Tools and methods
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4089 (URN)10.1504/IJPD.2009.024188 (DOI)2-s2.0-64049108323 (Scopus ID)
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2007-05-09 Created: 2007-05-09 Last updated: 2012-02-13Bibliographically approved

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