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Title: Improving knowledge dissemination and usage in new product development: the role of Product Data Management systems


Author: Anna Codini


Address: Business Administration Department, University of the Studies of Brescia, C.da Santa Chiara 50, 25122 Brescia, Italy


Abstract: Although many Authors agree about the usefulness of Product Data Management (PDM) systems to stimulate knowledge dissemination, there are no many studies investigating if PDM systems really contribute to the usage of disseminated knowledge and about which are the challenges for implementing PDM systems. The aim of this paper is to clarify how PDM systems can improve the process of knowledge dissemination and usage and which PDM systems can do this. After the literature review, the paper reports a longitudinal case study of an Italian company aimed to analyse the changes occurred during the implementation of the PDM system over the time.


Keywords: knowledge management; KM; knowledge dissemination; knowledge usage; dynamic capabilities; new product development; NPD; PDM; product data management; Italy; change analysis; technology intelligence; technology planning.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2010.038230


Int. J. of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2010 Vol.6, No.4, pp.356 - 372


Available online: 24 Jan 2011



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