Title: Supporting virtual teamwork in Collaborative Product Development

Authors: Maura Mengoni; Michele Germani; Margherita Peruzzini; Marco Mandolini

Addresses: Department of Mechanics, Polytechnic University of Marche, via Brecce Bianche 1, 60131 Ancona, Italy. ' Department of Mechanics, Polytechnic University of Marche, via Brecce Bianche 1, 60131 Ancona, Italy. ' Department of Mechanics, Polytechnic University of Marche, via Brecce Bianche 1, 60131 Ancona, Italy. ' Department of Mechanics, Polytechnic University of Marche, via Brecce Bianche 1, 60131 Ancona, Italy

Abstract: The increasing product complexity and the continuous need of improving product quality and services force companies to join into distributed and extended networks. Collaborative product development triggers research toward the development of new methods and tools to manage virtual teamwork to reduce time to market. In this context, the paper proposes a novel approach and a supporting co-design platform to manage interrelations across organisations. Experimentations into four product design chains show improvements in communication, information sharing, knowledge distribution, time saving and easiness of team management. They demonstrate that collaborative product development can be usefully enhanced only if tools and procedures are designed for the specific needs of the virtual network.

Keywords: virtual teamwork; co-design platform; CPD; collaborative product development; distributed knowledge management; product design; virtual networks; communication; information sharing; knowledge distribution; time saving; team management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.043663

International Journal of Product Development, 2011 Vol.15 No.1/2/3, pp.90 - 114

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 11 Nov 2011 *

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