This article presents several conference paper abstracts on technology and innovation management, including and examination of whether varieties of capitalism theory properly describes the empirical world of technological innovation, a framework for exploring why industry incumbents lose their leadership positions to attackers in the face of seemingly innocuous technological changes, and empirical research into the nature of business relationships, knowing and learning in the British and Italian motorsport industries.
Total Quality Management & Business Excellence. Aug2007, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p599-612. 14p. 1 Black and White Photograph, 4 Diagrams, 4 Charts, 2 Graphs.
Quality function deployment, Product management, Quality control, New product development, Industrial research, Customer satisfaction, Commercial products, Rapid prototyping, and Case studies
Through a case study showing the development of a new mug of draft beer, this work presents a method for integration of the Kano model in Quality Function Deployment - QFD. Traditionally, QFD uses data about importance and customer's satisfaction with different requirements to identify the attributes that should be incorporated or improved in a product. As customers tend to rate basic requirements with high importance, the traditional QFD method tends to give higher priority to these requirements to the detriment of innovative ones. The Kano model allows the identification of exciting requirements, usually associated with innovations. Then, the integration of the Kano model in the QFD can allow innovative requirements to receive the necessary attention in the product's development process. Two methods, proposed in the literature for this integration, are presented and their limitations analyzed. Finally, through data collected with 289 potential consumers of draft beer mugs, the case study illustrates the proposed method. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]