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Use of Information Management Systems from Designers' Perspective
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Design (Div.).
2006 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF NORDDESIGN 2006 CONFERENCE, REYKJAVIK: UNIV ICELAND, FAC ENGINEERING, , 2006, 179-190 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In product development research, studies that aim at identifying best practice methods and processes are often conducted. However, it is also essential to learn about causes for bad practice and to gain understanding about how to avoid it. In complex product development, design engineers have to meet the challenges of increased product functionality but their needs for multidisciplinary integration of information are not sufficiently met by existing information management systems. This prevents the design engineers from working at their full capacity and inhibits the possibilities to get support for innovative and value-adding work. This paper aims at identifying reasons for non value-adding work that is linked to inefficient information support, and especially to the use of information management systems. It can be concluded that designers have difficulties to acknowledge positive effects such as better product quality or lower costs that are connected to the use of information management systems. It is argued that one potential means for improved information integration is by managing a trade-off between standardised and customised IT tools and systems.

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Keyword [en]
information management, complex product development, lean product development, non value-adding work
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Mechanical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-7384ISI: 000252984400020ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84859961763ISBN: 978-9979-9494-9-7OAI: diva2:12395
6th Biannual NordDesign 2006 Conference Univ Iceland, Fac Engn, Reykjavik, ICELAND, 2006
Uppdaterad från manuskript till konferensbidrag(20101112) QC 20101112Available from: 2007-07-24 Created: 2007-07-24 Last updated: 2010-11-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Information Management for Complex Product Development
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2007 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Due to different engineering background and limited technical prerequisites, trade-offs are needed when managing information in complex product development. The challenges faced with information management for complex product development are as much of organizational as technical character.

Information management has in this thesis been analyzed from both a technical and organizational dimension in order to obtain an integrated view and holistic understanding. The technical dimension focuses on information management systems, such as product lifecycle management systems. An information management system in itself does not solve problems in an organization; it manages at its best all types of business data while storing and retrieving information. In order to succeed, information management needs to be aligned with different needs and with a variety of domain-specific work procedures. The organizational dimension includes organizational structures, work procedures, and the designer and management perspectives on needs and benefits with information management.

Perceived benefits with integrated information management are identified as support for SE, work procedure mapping, use of disciplinary support tools, and data integrity and availability. Five technical and organizational key success factors for efficient information management are presented; usability, integration of information, motivation, information structure and organizational support. It is concluded that structured information, management support and motivation among designers are more important than customization of information management systems in order to achieve integrated information management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2007. xii, 43 p.
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2007:09
Information management, complex product development, systems engineering, work procedures, PLM
National Category
Computer and Information Science
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4466 (URN)
2007-08-16, A425, Maskinkonstruktion, Brinellvägen 83, 100 44 Stockholm, 13:15
QC 20101112Available from: 2007-07-24 Created: 2007-07-24 Last updated: 2010-11-12Bibliographically approved

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