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Towards an Alternative Foundation for Managing Product Life-Cycles in Turbulent Environments
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Visual Information Technology and Applications (VITA). Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Volvo Information Technology, Industrial Solutions.
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 2, no 1-2, 24-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the deregulation of the markets and the introduction of new technologies, the need to manage diversification, change and complexity in product development has become crucial. To cope with this situation an alternative foundation for PLM is needed in which social issues are considered alongside with more traditional, technical ones. Such a major re-orientation of PLM needs to be informed by a theoretical perspective, which integrates social and technical issues into a coherent sociotechnical framework. To this end we propose the Activity Domain Theory. This theory has been used as a guide at the Ericsson telecommunication company in order to suggest an alternative foundation for PLM. Preliminary results are the enhancement of the organisational language with the construct of activity domains, a clean-up of fundamental categories in information management, a multi-domain product structure concept, an alternative business process model, an information system  managing core information elements and a strategy towards balancing centralised and decentralised control.

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2005. Vol. 2, no 1-2, 24-46 p.
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PLM foundation, Activity Domain Theory, sociotechnical perspective, industrial application
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54019DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2008.05.009Local ID: 73938OAI: diva2:297016
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-10-31

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