Concurrent engineering and interfunctional project groups
by Thomas Durand
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 10, No. 1, 1995

Abstract: Concurrent or simultaneous engineering in new product development is a new concept which, in our opinion, needs to be refined. The paper discusses how concurrency, as an organizational process, is related to interfunctional project team, as a structural form. Four structural forms are actually matched with the degree of concurrency involved in a product development project to yield a typology of possible organizational settings. The structuring of interfunctional project groups is also discussed, including the potential need to include external actors (partners, suppliers, etc.) in the development project.

Online publication date: Sat, 23-May-2009

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