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International Journal of Product Development
International Journal of Product Development


Special issue on: "Living Labs – Environments for Concurrent Product Development"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Bernhard R. Katzy, University BW Munich, Germany
Dr. Kulwant Pawar, Nottingham University, United Kingdom
Dr. Klaus-Dieter Thoben, University of Bremen, Germany

Discussions about alternative approaches to innovation are high on scientific and industrial agendas. Concepts such as Open Innovation or phenomena such as Living Labs point to an understanding of innovation and product development as more networked multi-stakeholder processes. However, in many cases so far, this is more a realisation of the shortcomings of existing theories and practices than the documentation of reliable knowledge or mature methodological approaches in their own right. The motivation for this special issue is to contribute to closing this gap.

Concurrent engineering is a school of thought in the domain of engineering management which has for almost two decades explored networked processes in the pursuit of several concurrent objectives represented by different stake holders. From the initial integration of product development in R&D departments and production engineering in manufacturing, its scope has broadened to cover collaboration across more departments, across multiple companies, and with customers and users.

One finding from this discussion is that such networked processes call for distinct working methodologies, which again require dedicated organisational environments that provide appropriate support. Living Labs might be such environments; “clusters” or “regional innovation systems” might be other terms for organisational networks in which concurrent product development takes place.

While there is some literature on such network settings, research about concurrency in product development and how it is impacted by network settings is sparse. This issue aims to explore such product development and innovation processes.

Manuscripts are invited from both practitioners and researchers. Papers with original unpublished research are invited and can be either of theoretical nature to advance conceptualisation, or of empirical nature. This issue encourages submissions from all over the world to contribute to the conceptual foundation of Living Labs and other product development networks.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Co-creation, co-innovation and open innovation
  • Collaborative engineering
  • Collaborative innovation systems and clusters
  • Collaborative mobile devices and mobile engineering
  • Concurrent engineering methods and processes
  • Creating demand for innovations
  • Integrated engineering of products, services and organisations
  • Knowledge management, representation and visualisation
  • Legal issues (IPR) in living labs
  • Product data and product life-cycle management
  • Simulations and games for CE, collaboration and learning
  • Virtual collaborative environments

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

This special issue is intended for revised and substantially extended (more than 50%) versions of selected papers presented at the 17th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising, to be held from 20th to 22nd June 2011 in Aachen, Germany (, but we explicitly encourage other researchers to submit their papers to this special issue as well. A special workshop will be held exclusively for authors of this IJPD special issue at the ICE conference.

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Full manuscript submission: 31 March, 2011