Designing and Implementing a Web Platform to Support SMEs in Collaborative Product Development

Abstract : Research on the product development process lacks of investigation on the aspects related to its potential integration in a web-based collaborative environment, especially when considering the practical needs of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).Our study aims at investigating how is it possible to design and develop a web-based platform aimed at supporting SMEs in the product development process. On the basis of a thorough literature review and a mapping of the existing platform and tools available in the design domain, this paper describes in detail the development of a ICT platform, called iCommunity, which constitutes the backbone and the foundation upon which to build an ecosystem of innovation, that helps SMEs to: (1) manage the distributed collective intelligence in the new product development; (2) design and develop modular products in a collaborative way. The action research methodology has been chosen for its appropriateness to the characteristic of this study.
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Marco Formentini, Michela Lolli, Alberto Toni. Designing and Implementing a Web Platform to Support SMEs in Collaborative Product Development. 19th Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS), Sep 2012, Rhodes, Greece. pp.112-119, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40361-3_15⟩. ⟨hal-01470609⟩

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