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International Journal of Product Development


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International Journal of Product Development (4 papers in press)


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  • Identifying Opportunities for Wearable Technology for Product Development and Market Positioning   Order a copy of this article
    by Vikas Gupta, Lewlyn L. R. Rodrigues, Asish Oommen Mathew 
    Abstract: Wearable technology is all set to revolutionalize the human society. This research study provides an overview of the wearable technology and explores its applicability and usefulness in the Indian context as most of the studies are carried out in foreign countries. This research will fill the knowledge gaps for companies working on wearable technology thereby reducing the market and technology uncertainty in the initial stages of New Product Development process. A Stage-Gate process was adopted as the research methodology which involves both secondary and primary data analyses. Primary data was collected through a questionnaire survey conducted among 184 employees belonging to 40 companies in Bangalore. The results show that solutions like employee safety systems and smart-eyeglasses are very much beneficial across both office and industrial plant work environments. Moreover, they are also interested in features like health and activity monitoring.
    Keywords: wearable technology; Internet of Things; enterprise; smart-eyeglasses; employee safety.

  • A new apparel product development framework for performance clothing industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Ranapanada Kelum Jayamali De Silva, Thashika Rupasinghe 
    Abstract: New product development (NPD) and innovation strategies have merged in contemporary contexts to produce more commercial products in the apparel industry. Performance clothing category is evolutionary, yet current research on the principles employed in the New Product Development process is inadequate. This study constructs a conceptual framework based on the best-practices for the development of performance clothing category within the broad spectrum of apparel-based products. Qualitative research methods were utilised to construct the conceptual framework by collating the results of the extant literature and ten in-depth interviews carried-out at five leading apparel product development centres in Sri Lanka. The key product engineering variables of performance clothing development were identified based on the interview data and presented in a logical framework to optimise the NPD process of the clothing category in concern. This study can be used as a theoretical guide for future researchers to develop novel apparel product development systems to improve consumer responsiveness and reduce the NPD related cycle time.
    Keywords: Apparel Industry; Best practices; Conceptual Framework; Innovation; New Product Development; Performance Clothing; Qualitative research methods.

  • Smart wearable technologies: state of the art and evolution over time through patent analysis and clustering   Order a copy of this article
    by Milad Dehghani, Rosa Maria Dangelico 
    Abstract: The successful introduction and application of smart wearable technologies (SWTs) will allow the production of new generations of innovative and high value-added products. To this aim, we have built a unique database of 1313 patents included in the Thomson Innovation database, which were registered between 2001 and 2015 in the SWTs domain. This study shows the development trends in SWTs both in general and in different products classes, identifies leading countries and companies in different technological classes, and recognizes basic patents within each year. Further, cluster analysis is used to identify the most relevant technological clusters and their evolution over time. This study offers a complete overview of the state of the art and of the evolution of SWTs over time, so providing important insights to researchers and managers who, based on this study results, will be able to make more informed decisions on research directions and technology strategies.
    Keywords: wearable technology; smart devices; smart wearables; patent analysis; cluster analysis.

  • Industry 4.0 and the need for talent: A multiple case study of Taiwans companies   Order a copy of this article
    by Yun-Hsiang Chang, Ying-Jung Yvonne Yeh 
    Abstract: Talent is a key resource in the development of Industry 4.0. However, scholars have not considered talent from the viewpoint of companies. We address this omission by using a multiple case method, including semi-structured interviews and document reviews, to analyse companies need for talent and its acquisition. We find that companies need talent in the areas of lean management, the Internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, and big data. Moreover, companies obtain talent using external resources such as strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and outsourcing. We also establish that Industry 4.0 implementation does not affect job numbers; however, companies must adjust their talent development practices.
    Keywords: Industry 4.0; manufacturing industry; industry development; industry transformation; organization strategy; talent management; talent need; human resource management; human resource development; multiple-case method.