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Don't get stuck in complexity: Coping with strategic complexity in the context of Product Generation Engineering

Arslan, Masis; Haug, Fabian; Heitger, Nicolas; Krämer, Lukas; Albers, Albert


Significant technological changes are challenging automotive manufacturers’ R&D activities. The electrification of the powertrain, connected car features and autonomous driving bring along new requirements for future generations of automobiles and increase the complexity in product development. Coping with this complexity in a strategic and holistic way will be essential to overcome the hurdles successfully and proactively. For this purpose it is necessary to know about future trends and their impact on product development activities in the firm in the context of the resulting complexity. This contribution offers a framework to identify and evaluate complexity and derive the necessary measures for coping with complexity in the development of future product generations. The theoretical cornerstones of this framework, based on the integrated Product engineering Model (iPeM), are the method of roadmapping and the explanation model of Product Generation Engineering (PGE). Together with a basic understanding of complexity, future product developments are evaluated over several generations and the requirements they have for future product development, thus examining the resulting complexity. ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Produktentwicklung (IPEK)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000068305
Erschienen in R&D Management Conference, 3rd - 6th July 2016, Cambridge
Seiten 14
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