Title: A method for partner selection of product development teams using the synergy requirements of product architecture

Authors: Zhongfeng Hu; Minglun Ren

Addresses: School of Economics and Management, Hefei University, Hefei 230601, China ' School of Management, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China

Abstract: Developers with better synergy is important for the formation of cross-functional product development teams. While extant research focuses on the coordination qualification of candidates, the synergy requirements of product architecture is overlooked. As a solution to this problem, a novel approach reinforced by the product architecture is proposed, where ideal synergic matrix (ISM) is derived from the product architecture to express its synergy requirements, real synergic matrix (RSM) is extracted from the collaborative relationships among different candidates, coordination deficit is proposed to characterise the satisfaction degree of the synergy requirements according to the matching level between ISM and RSM. To solve the model, a hybrid GA-PSO algorithm is developed. The experiment results show that our method can guarantee satisfactory and high quality partner selection for the actual product development scenario.

Keywords: product architecture; partner selection; product development; synergic effect; coordination deficit.

DOI: 10.1504/IJADS.2022.121551

International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 2022 Vol.15 No.2, pp.244 - 264

Received: 09 Sep 2020
Accepted: 08 Dec 2020

Published online: 11 Mar 2022 *

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