Integrated product development project in a multi-cultural and multi-professional background team: challenges and key success factors

DS 87-9 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 9: Design Education, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Lippert, Bastian; Ahrens, Martin; Dekhiar, Jonathan; Louhichi, Rim; Song, Young-Woo; Toepfer, Ferdinand; Briede, Juan; Vajna, Sandor; Paetzold, Kristin; Borg, Jonathan
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany; 2: Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria; 3: UTC, Sorbonne Universités, France; 4: Université Paris-Saclay, France; 5: Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; 6: Daimler AG, Germany; 7: Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chile; 8: Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany; 9: Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany; 10: University of Malta, Malta
Section: Design Education
Page(s): 021-030
ISBN: 978-1-904670-97-1
ISSN: 2220-4342


This paper describes the key success factors of an integrated product development project involving several stakeholders from different professional and cultural backgrounds. Based on a summer school project, a detailed case study is described to illustrate the importance of project team commitment and member profile complementarities in achieving the project requirements under time, geographical and cultural constraints. The case study consists in designing a human washing device for elder people to allow them a certain degree of freedom and privacy to wash themselves. Thereby, engineering, manufacturing as well as a business aspects has to be considered in the final concept. After analyzing the case study, challenges as well as opportunities during the project are summarized and described in an adapted approach. At the end, the main influence factors for a successful integrated product development project are analyzed and concluded hierarchically.

Keywords: Integrated product development, Project management, Case study, Design practice


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