Title: Defining one product data for a product

Authors: Risto Silvola; Arto Tolonen; Janne Harkonen; Harri Haapasalo; Tarja Mannisto

Addresses: Industrial Engineering and Management Department, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014, Finland ' Industrial Engineering and Management Department, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014, Finland ' Industrial Engineering and Management Department, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014, Finland ' Industrial Engineering and Management Department, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014, Finland ' Industrial Engineering and Management Department, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014, Finland

Abstract: The growing importance of product data management and master data necessitate companies to have practices for deriving product master data from their corporate strategy. Business drivers need to be understood from the perspective of corporate strategy to capture product master data in relevant systems in a straightforward manner. Ideally master data is created only once and used through the life-cycle of the product. This study clarifies the foundations for determining one product data from corporate strategy. Data definitions are analysed to understand its linkages to business drivers, whereas main business processes are used to support categorisation. The practices of three companies are analysed to understand how business drivers for new products impact product data requirements. The results highlight the importance of business drivers in defining one product data based on the product master data, business-process related product data and IT systems over the product life-cycle.

Keywords: one product data; product data; product master data; master data management; strategy; IT systems; business information systems; product life-cycle; business processes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2019.10020637

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2019 Vol.30 No.4, pp.489 - 520

Received: 09 Jan 2017
Accepted: 26 Aug 2017

Published online: 26 Apr 2019 *

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