Title: Engineering 2.0: an approach to support cross-functional teams in overcoming knowledge-sharing barriers in PSS design

Authors: Marco Bertoni; Andreas Larsson

Addresses: Division of Innovation and Design, Lulea University of Technology, SE-97187 Lulea, Sweden. ' Department of Design Sciences, Lund University, SE-22100, Lund, Sweden

Abstract: The paper discusses the key enabling mechanisms introduced by Web 2.0 technologies that can support Product Service Systems (PSSs) development teams in increasing the quality of early design decisions. The paper collects success stories and lessons learned from two empirical case studies in the aeronautical supply chain, and from a set of questionnaires forwarded to major automotive manufacturers, about the implementation of Engineering 2.0 tools, such as wikis, blogs and forums, to overcome knowledge-sharing barriers between cross-functional design teams. The study reveals that bottom-up and lightweight technologies can enable the implementation of more value-driven development processes, providing means for locating expertise in the extended organisation, for capturing the |context| of the information managed, and for assessing and validating knowledge assets in a more collaborative fashion. Eventually, it points to the most relevant issues that currently prevent the implementation of Web 2.0 technologies in a product development setting.

Keywords: PSSs; product service systems; virtual enterprise; cross-functional teams; knowledge sharing barriers; Engineering 2.0; Web 2.0; aeronautical supply chain; automotive manufacturing; automobile industry; aeronautics industry; product design; wikis; blogs; forums; product development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.043664

International Journal of Product Development, 2011 Vol.15 No.1/2/3, pp.115 - 134

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 11 Nov 2011 *

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