Managing Mechanisms for Collaborative New-Product Development in the Ceramic Tile Design Chain
María-Jesús Agost (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
Pedro Company (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
Fernando Romero (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
Abstract: This paper focuses on improving the management of New-Product Development (NPD) processes within the particular context of a cluster of enterprises that cooperate through a network of intra- and inter-firm relations. Ceramic tile design chains have certain singularities that condition the NPD process, such as the lack of a strong hierarchy, fashion pressure or the existence of different origins for NPD projects. We have studied these particular circumstances in order to tailor Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) tools and some other management mechanisms to fit suitable sectoral reference models. Special emphasis will be placed on PLM templates for structuring and standardizing projects, and also on the roles involved in the process.
Keywords: ceramic tile products, collaborative product development, design chain