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Product development in collaborative networks - An expert view on current challenges and future trends

: Wang, Wei Min; Lünnemann, Pascal; Neumeyer, Sebastian; Hayka, Haygazun; Stark, Rainer


Afsarmanesh, H. ; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-, Working Group 5.5 Co-operation Infrastructure for Virtual Enterprises and Electronic Business:
Collaboration in a hyperconnected world. 17th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2016 : Porto, Portugal, October 3-5, 2016; Proceedings
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016 (IFIP advances in information and communication technology 480)
ISBN: 978-3-319-45389-7 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-45390-3 (Online)
ISBN: 3-319-45389-0
Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (PRO-VE) <17, 2016, Porto>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPK ()

Cross-enterprise collaboration in product development has become a common practice in industry. Companies increasingly depend on collaborations with networks of partners from different tiers of value creation, various geographic locations and even from outside of their own sector. Moreover, there is a growing tendency to involve parties from later stages of the product’s lifecycle in the product development phase. To face the challenges of the increasing complexity of collaborative product development a holistic approach of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has evolved. Although methods, processes and IT-systems of PLM proved to be beneficial in supporting the internal collaboration of industrial companies, they seem to have only little effect in the context of cross-company collaboration. Reasons and solution approaches for that were evaluated in an expert study with 40 experts from industry and academia. Results from that study and practical implications are presented in this paper.