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Author(s):
Eben, Katharina; Helten, Katharina; Lindemann, Udo 
Title:
Product development processes in small and middle-sized enterprises - identification and elimination of inefficiency caused by product variety 
Abstract:
As SMEs face a limitation of their resources, it is crucial to monitor the strategy of product variety management and the interplay of project work and day-to-day business. Competiveness of small and middle-sized enterprises (SME) correlates with recognizing customer needs and being able to efficiently react to it. This paper aims to achieve the former by identifying and eliminating inefficiencies in product development processes. Thus, a procedure is introduced to reduce development effort by s...    »
 
Keywords:
SMEs; product variety; development process improvement; Lean Development 
Editor:
Howard, Thomas J.; Mougaard, Krestine; McAloone, Tim C.; Hansen, Claus Thorp 
Book / Congress title:
18th International Conference on Engineering Design 
Congress (additional information):
15.-18.08.2011 
Congress city:
Copenhagen, Denmark 
Publisher:
Design Society 
Year:
2011 
Semester:
SS 11