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International Journal of Product Development


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International Journal of Product Development (2 papers in press)


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  • Reconnoitring how structural design in the context of industrial design engineering evolves   Order a copy of this article
    by Eliab Opiyo 
    Abstract: This paper presents the findings of a study conducted to explore how structural design unfolds in industrial design engineering processes. The study focused specifically on structural design of engineering consumer products with physical constructions. The investigation conducted included questionnaire surveys, interviews, and observations. A total of three hundred and fifty eighty subjects participated in two rounds of the investigation. The study uncovered how structural design in the context of industrial design engineering progresses in practical settings and provided clues on how a formal structural design process model should be like. One of the main observations was that the subjects chose and strictly followed and adhered to their own preferred structured order of execution of structural design activities. Another cardinal observation was that, unlike analysis and concepts development activities, the structural design activities of materials selection, engineering analysis, and process selection were executed recursively and oftentimes concurrently by most of the subjects. Based on these observations and upon an analysis of the information gathered, a linear-recursive-linear (LRL) scheme for tracking, managing, and coordinating the execution of structural design activities has been formulated. Separate studies are, however, needed to investigate the validity, efficacy, and the applicability of this scheme.
    Keywords: Product development, structural design, process models, engineering design, industrial design engineering.
  • A road map for implementing lean and agile techniques in SMEs product development teams
    by Marco Leite, A. J. Baptista, A. M. R. Ribeiro 
    Abstract: The aim of this research paper is to formulate a road map for implementation of lean techniques within SMEs product development (PD) teams, identifying barriers to change and explaining possible drivers for successful implementation. The research methodology necessary to develop the road map - the IPID cycle - is a combination of different approaches. It combines a literature review, an initial quantitative study with questionnaires, informal interviews and direct observation of companies’ practices of five different manufacturing companies organized in a consortium. Like any other case study methodology, it suffers from generalization issues, but we expect that the proposed road map is applicable whenever managers need to introduce changes inside their PD teams. Also, we found that a consortium arrangement can be highly positive to the implementation of the proposed road map. Finally, we found that the application of the road map to SMEs PD teams is somewhat different from big companies’ implementations and discuss the observed particularities of these findings.
    Keywords: Operations strategy; New product development; Methodology; Lean and Agile Manufacturing; Organizational change