Title: Predicting the competitive advantage of design projects to dynamically support decisions in product development

Authors: Yuri Borgianni; Federico Rotini

Addresses: Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Abstract: Many product development initiatives are planned on the basis of the supposed capability to generate customer satisfaction. However, market and technology conditions can undergo several transformations during the execution of product innovation projects and jeopardise the basic assumptions taken at the beginning of the design cycle. Among changing factors, the observed alternation of radical and incremental transformations of product architectures is viable to influence the success chances of new products. Such an aspect is taken into account in the decision support tool described in the paper, which can be employed to select the most beneficial alternatives in a set of different product ideas.

Keywords: product evolution; decision making; product ideas; customer requirements; customer satisfaction; dominant design; competitive advantage; design projects; decision support systems; DSS; new product development; NPD; product design; product innovation; radical transformation; incremental transformation; product architectures.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2015.073066

International Journal of Product Development, 2015 Vol.20 No.5, pp.355 - 381

Accepted: 02 Apr 2015
Published online: 16 Nov 2015 *

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