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Towards true collaboration in global design teams?
Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2014-1308
Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
2005 (English)In: Proceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design / [ed] Andrew Samuel, William Lewis, Barton: Institution of Engineers, Australia , 2005Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
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Abstract [en]

Today’s collaboration tools can support formal meetings to a certain extent, though there is still an immense potential for improvement when it comes to designing virtual and physical places where global design teams can collaborate in more ‘natural’ ways than existing distributed environments allow. One challenge for global product development is to support true collaboration within global design teams, where diversity and competences of the whole team can be utilized and where team members can think together rather then merely exchange information, opinions and divide work. This paper summarizes the results of several case studies and development projects performed within the Polhem Laboratory over the last four years and proposes challenges for future research. From our findings some of the most important challenges are how to support users with communication tools for more natural formal and informal communication (i.e. as a co-located team communicates), while automatically storing information and context from the distributed meetings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Barton: Institution of Engineers, Australia , 2005.
Keyword [en]
computer supported cooperative work, computer aided design, distributed product development, distributed engineering
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-50852Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84862636324ISBN: 0-85825-788-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-50852DiVA: diva2:936903
Conference
15th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 05), Melbourne, Australia, August 15-28, 2005
Available from: 2016-06-14 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. A modelling and simulation approach for linking design activities to business decisions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A modelling and simulation approach for linking design activities to business decisions
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The business environment of the manufacturing industry is changing from a hardware-based product focus to a process and function focus. A current industrial interest is the development and sale of functions. This function could be realised as a product based on hardware, software and services, and may be sold as a function rather than as hardware. This function view is referred to as Functional Products (FP). The new focus for the customer is on value rather than hardware. This presents new challenges for how engineering hardware design may best be carried out. Sale of functional products requires a changed business model in which the price of the functional product is related to the functionality of the product itself; hence the name functional product. The supplier can in such a scenario no longer sell maintenance and spare parts. Instead, these activities become a cost, thus motivating the supplier to increase process efficiency, decrease internal production cost by using less energy per produced unit andincrease knowledge about use-cases. The researcher's challenge is how to create new knowledge regarding functional product development for academic as well as for industrial benefit. The research question was formulated as: How may methods or tools for design process modelling and simulation be developed to support functional product development? Four case studies were carried out in Swedish industry. Case study 1 was carried out in cooperation with Hägglunds Drives AB. Case study 2 was carried out in cooperation with companies Hägglunds Drives AB, Volvo Aero and Volvo Car Corporation. Case study 3 was carried out in cooperation Volvo Aero and Case study 4 was carried out in cooperation with nine industrial companies during the formation of the Faste Laboratory, Centre for Functional Product Innovation. Results include the need for integrating product development process and company strategy for functional product development and the identification of the need for new methods and tools to enable better understanding of technology and business processes. The research shows the possibility of evaluating cost and time of development before doing the actual product development work by modelling and simulating the design process. Thus, the knowledge that previously was implicit in the work process is made explicit and possible to manipulate for a desired outcome. Linking the future business cases to work processes by modelling and simulation enables knowledge re-use and work-process predictions concerning cost and time. Hence, modelling and simulation of work processes results in better knowledge of company development capacity earlier than before, thus allowing shorter reaction time to changes in the business domain.

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Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2007. 199 p.
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Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1544 ; 2007:18
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Engineering and Technology
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-50833 (URN)
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2007-06-19, Luleå, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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