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Interface challenges and managerial issues in the industrial innovation process
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0216-4493
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
Linköping university. (Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling (IEI))
Linköping university. (Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling (IEI))
2014 (English)In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 25, no 2, 218-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of challenges related to interfaces in industrial innovation processes, together with suggestions on how these interface challenges can be managed. The paper investigates similarities and differences between the interfaces and identified challenges in terms of required managerial issues.

Design/methodology/approach: The result presented in this paper is based on in-depth case studies of ten product development projects from five different manufacturing firms in Sweden. The empirical results are supplemented with results from a review of relevant literature.

Findings: To manage the interface challenges market uncertainty, technological uncertainty, product complexity and/or degree of change in product, production complexity and/or degree of change in production, geographical and/or organisational dispersion between technology development and product development, and between product development and production, it was found that several issues have to be considered. Most of the identified managerial issues concern transfer synchronisation, transfer management and transfer scope. The authors have shown that despite many differences between the different phases in the innovation process, a quite concordant picture emerges when it comes to how to manage interface challenges.

Practical implications: The classification of managerial issues into transfer synchronisation, transfer management and transfer scope provides an overview of areas that need to be addressed to manage interface challenges during the industrial innovation process. This knowledge provides some guidance for managers aiming at a smooth transition process, from technology development to production.

Originality/value: By addressing both the interface between technology development and product development, and between product development and production in the same study, the authors have been able to provide a comprehensive overview of managerial issues related to interfaces challenges in industrial innovation processes in manufacturing firms.

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2014. Vol. 25, no 2, 218-239 p.
Keyword [en]
uncertainty, complexity, innovation process, dispersion, interface challenges, managerial issues
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-22415DOI: 10.1108/JMTM-10-2013-0141Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84897893032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-22415DiVA: diva2:656279
Available from: 2013-10-15 Created: 2013-10-15 Last updated: 2016-11-29Bibliographically approved

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