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International Journal of Product Development
International Journal of Product Development


Special Issue on: "Dynamic Design Requirement Management for Complex Product Development"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Yong Zeng and Dr. Xiaoguang Deng, Concordia University, Canada
Dr. Gaetano Cascini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

In highly sophisticated technology- and labour-intensive industries (e.g. aerospace, automotive), future product development is significantly impacted by technological, economic, societal and political factors. Within a rather long design cycle, product requirements have to shift continuously to meet the contextual evolutions of the user, the client, the market and their environments by integrating new technologies.

However, the complexity of product structures and respective processes, and of organisational behavior in such industries, creates a major challenge for the integration of technological innovations.

Two kinds of research efforts are addressing this challenge. In addition to “after-the-fact” approaches (e.g. lean principles) which respond reactively to rapidly changing environments, several proactive methodologies, such as scenario planning, anticipatory design and design foresight, have been proposed to reduce the risks caused by the unstable design specifications of product requirements, and by providing rapid responses to proper change management in the early stages of product development.

This special issue aims to publish theories and techniques related to proactive and active change management strategies for the future development of complex products in order to reduce the risks and associated costs caused by dynamic changes of design requirements.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

  • Anticipatory design
  • Strategic and scenario planning
  • Design foresight
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Product and process modelling
  • Evolutionary design
  • Multidisciplinary optimisation for product design
  • Change management

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Submission of Manuscripts: 31 March, 2014

Completion of first-round review: 31 May, 2014

First-round revised papers: 31 August, 2014

Target of the second (last) round of reviews: 31 October, 2014

Second-round revised papers: 30 November, 2014

Final Versions Due: 31 December, 2014