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Knowledge Integration Processes in New Product Development: On the Dynamics of Deadlines and Architectures

Thomas Magnusson and Nicolette Lakemond

in Knowledge Integration and Innovation

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730580 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693924.003.0006
Knowledge Integration Processes in New Product Development: On the Dynamics of Deadlines and Architectures

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Emanating from the knowledge-based theory of the firm, this chapter elaborates on different processes for engineering knowledge integration in new product development (NPD). A theoretically derived analytical model, following the prerequisites given by deadlines and product architectures, outlines different processes for knowledge integration and longitudinal case studies at four manufacturing firms explore the dynamics of these processes. The case study results show that the emerging understanding of the task throughout the course of an NPD project may induce changes to managers' perceptions of knowledge integration processes and their applicability. Such changes may eventually overturn the way knowledge integration is managed within the project. These case study findings suggest that in NPD, contingency theory needs to allow for consistent adaptation of knowledge integration processes throughout NPD projects.

Keywords: new product development; engineering knowledge; contingency theory; project management; product architecture; deadlines

Chapter.  10532 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Innovation

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