Title: Managing knowledge within the manufacturing enterprise: an overview

Authors: David Baxter, Rajkumar Roy, James Gao

Addresses: Centre for Innovative Products and Services, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, UK. ' Decision Engineering Centre, Cranfield University, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, UK. ' School of Engineering, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4TB, UK

Abstract: This paper examines the literature relating to manufacturing knowledge and describes how it contributes to the manufacturing enterprise. The review shows that there is a strong emphasis on design in the manufacturing knowledge research domain, and that detailed design is the main focus for current research. An analysis is carried out according to publication date and consequently trends are identified. The design focus is increasing, and the trends show that the domain is driven by industrial applications. The contribution to fundamental research in areas such as knowledge modelling is increasing. Areas that currently have little work in this domain include conceptual design and service.

Keywords: literature review; manufacturing knowledge; enterprise integration; KM; knowledge management; knowledge modelling; conceptual design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2009.026193

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2009 Vol.18 No.2, pp.183 - 209

Received: 14 Jan 2008
Accepted: 06 Oct 2008

Published online: 28 May 2009 *

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