Challenges in Managing the Convergence of Information and Product Design Technology in a Small Company
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In a manufacturing environment, product development technologies have the potential to be a central tool in the organisation of administrative and manufacturing tasks. Such integration of technology and information presents a strategic avenue for creating efficiencies in the development of highly complex products. This paper examines the implementation of a sophisticated computer aided design (CAD) package in a small company. The strategic aim was to bring components into the CAD environment, supporting each component with procurement information. The intention was that this would lead to: reduced design cycle times through the development of parts libraries; improved efficiencies in planning; and reduced manufacturing cycle times. In a small commercial environment, such strategic development presents a challenging task.
International Journal of Technology Management
Walters A.T., Millward H., 2011, Challenges in Managing the Convergence of Information and Product Design Technology in a Small Company, International Journal of Technology Management, 53(2/3/4), pp.190-215, doi:10.1504/IJTM.2011.038590
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