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Integrated Product Development in Truck Industry - A Case Study on Product Development Processes
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Mechanical Engineering.
2003 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the result from a case study at Scania on product development processes. The objective with the case study was to gather information on Scania’s product development process (PDP) including the use of CAD and simulation tools, and project work. The objective was also to find any deviations or different interpretations among the employees on the PDP. To gather the information, semi-structured tape-recorded interviews have been used to ensure that individual interpretations from the interviewees could be gathered. Scania uses a defined and structured PDP which facilitates concurrent and cross-functional work. The PDP is implemented and followed to various degrees. The newly employed personnel may have difficulties with communication, both to find and to give information. Although, newly graduated personnel may find it easier to adapt to changes, and also to use a structured process which they have studied at universities. It was also known during the case study that the PDP is a major support for the newly employed personnel, which in turn decreases the time to get into the same working process as the more experienced personnel. Employees with decades of experience know the right sources from which to both give and gather information. Also, the terminology and definitions in the product development process may not be used as intended. This makes it difficult for other project members or teams who need to interpret the information received. At the same time, the routines among the more experienced personnel, which have been set-up throughout the years, make them more inflexible in adapting changes. The findings in the case study as well as challenges with implementing the PDP are known to Scania and are a part of the continuing work with improvement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Royal Institute of Technology: Department of Production Engineering , 2003.
Keyword [en]
Integrated product development, Scania, interviews
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-441OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:441DiVA: diva2:522674
Available from: 2004-09-05 Created: 2004-09-05 Last updated: 2014-11-28Bibliographically approved

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