Title: A study of an effective development process to improve the engine performance of the passenger car

Authors: Yasushi Mase, Masao Ishihama

Addresses: Isuzu Advanced Engineering Center, Ltd., Fujisawa 252–8501, Japan. ' Vehicle System Engineering Department, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, 1030 Shimo Ogino, Atsugi 243–0292, Japan

Abstract: This paper describes a new method for efficiently developing engines that have innovative technologies. The proposed method considers both technological and managerial aspects based on the empirical experiences of the authors. With respect to technology, a conceptual engine that represents the functions of the main engine was proven to reduce the risks that accompany the adoption of new technology. With respect to management, the placement of a powerful project leader to manage a matrix-type development organisation as well as parts suppliers was confirmed to be essential.

Keywords: engine development; concurrent development; engine performance; performance improvement; conceptual engines; matrix organisation; project leadership; project management; development risk; technological innovation; passenger cars; vehicle engines; concurrent engineering; simultaneous engineering; product development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2009.025252

International Journal of Product Development, 2009 Vol.8 No.4, pp.355 - 381

Published online: 18 May 2009 *

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