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International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning
International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning


Special Issue on: "Managing Information and Knowledge in New Product Development"

Guest Editors: Dr. Johan Frishammar, Luleå University of Technology and Dr. Anders Richtnér, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

Effective management of information and knowledge can make a huge difference to companies involved with new product development. Such management can improve performance of new products, facilitate the development of product concepts, and increase the success and frequency of cross-functional activities among functions and departments, just to mention a few examples. The concepts of information and knowledge are ambiguous, however, and also difficult to define and measure accurately. Besides, the findings of much of the existing research are scattered and inconclusive as far as policy recommendations goes.

As guest editors, we want to advance the understanding of managing knowledge and information in a new product development context. In terms of scope, we opt for diversity in terms of research approaches, theories and methodology, but with the common aim of helping firms and managers to manage information and/or knowledge better in their NPD efforts. Papers submitted can be either conceptual or empirical, but preferably novel and also a bit provocative!

Subject Coverage
Domains of interest mainly include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Organisation for knowledge and information sharing in multi-branded product platforms
  • Capabilities and resources for management of information/knowledge in NPD
  • Information, knowledge or expertise sharing aspects of collaborative working environments in NPD
  • Customer/supplier/firm collaboration in NPD
  • Knowledge or information management in NPD
  • Information and new product development decision making
  • Knowledge and learning from R&D projects
  • Knowledge and continuous improvements in NPD
  • Knowledge and design-driven innovation
  • Methods & techniques for "early need findings" in NPD
  • Role of and methods for cross-functional integration in NPD, e.g. knowledge brokers
  • Management of information/knowledge related to product design issues
  • Knowledge creation in NPD
  • Information and knowledge aspects of fuzzy-front end management
  • Knowledge engineering in NPD

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

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

Deadline for Submission of of research ideas: 30 January 2007

Deadline for submission of article (first draft): 30 May 2007

Deadline for feedback to authors: 30 August 2007

Deadline for submission of article (second draft): 30 October 2007

Deadline for notification of acceptance (final corrections, if necessary): 30 November 2007