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Product development in the Swedish Automotive industry: Can design tools be viewed as decision support systems?
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4170-8860
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1646-5817
2015 (English)In: / [ed] Anthony SF Chiu, International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR) , 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Design engineers working in the automotive industry have to take many design decisions, based on numerous diverse criteria. This results in a high workload of complex decisions. One way to reduce decision complexity and improve decisions could be to improve design tools. Decision support systems (DSSs) have been used in a managerial context to improve decisions. In this article, the authors assess whether design tools generally can be viewed as DSSs. A combination of literature review, surveys and qualitative interviews with seven design engineers was used to assess whether current design tools function as decision supports in product development. Although the specific design context needs to be considered, this study’s results suggest that design tools can generally function as DSSs. In future work, the adaptability to different problem solving patterns needs further in-depth research in the form of individual studies for specific tools in specific contexts.

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International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR) , 2015.
Keyword [en]
engineering design, design tools, product development, automotive industry
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-126167DiVA: diva2:912519
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The 23rd International Conference on Production Research (ICPR 2015), Manila, Philippines, 2-5 August 2015
Projects
Production 2030 - Large Scale Manufacturing in Mixed Materials
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VINNOVA
Available from: 2016-03-16 Created: 2016-03-16 Last updated: 2016-04-11Bibliographically approved

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