Title: Epilogue: Acquiring information and integrating knowledge in New Product Development projects

Authors: Fredrik Tell

Addresses: Linkoping University, Sweden

Abstract: Changes in the competitive landscape enforce new requirements on information acquisition and knowledge integration for firms competing on innovation. This paper outlines some challenges for NPD projects with respect to information acquisition and knowledge integration. The paper centres on management of information and knowledge, and identifies five sub themes for future research (building upon the papers presented in this Special Issue). These sub-themes are the degree of uncertainty faced by NPD; managing tacit and explicit knowledge and information; managing knowledge and information |outside| the firm; management of complementary knowledge in project-based organisations; NPD projects – organising for innovation. The paper ends with a section providing concluding remarks.

Keywords: NPD; new product development; R&D management; knowledge management; open innovation; project management; research and development; information acquisition; knowledge integration; information management; uncertainty; tacit knowledge; explicit knowledge.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2008.020102

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2008 Vol.4 No.3, pp.364 - 377

Published online: 26 Aug 2008 *

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