Ishii, Kazuyoshi, Ichimura, Takaya, and Mihara, Ichiro
International Journal of Production Economics. Nov2005, Vol. 98 Issue 2, p262-270. 9p.
COMMERCIAL products, RAPID prototyping, INDUSTRIAL research, and MANUFACTURING processes
Abstract: This paper deals with difficulties involved in analyzing and designing a management system to reduce the risk and improve the productivity of new product development. The model represents the processes of determining functional specifications for new product development based on a certain product strategy. The proposed model aims to analyze information behavior in the assessment of users’ needs based on the fusion concept. The new product development of a household electrical product in a Japanese company is analyzed using this model and method. [Copyright &y& Elsevier]
Matsui, Yoshiki, Filippini, Roberto, Kitanaka, Hideaki, and Sato, Osamu
International Journal of Production Economics. Oct2007, Vol. 110 Issue 1-2, p16-24. 9p.
NEW product development, INDUSTRIAL research, COMMERCIAL products, and RAPID prototyping
Abstract: Based on survey data from Italian and Japanese companies, six measurement scales are developed for practices, process, strategic guide, and capabilities for new product development as potential determinants of its financial performance, that is, attainment of profit goals and revenue goals. By employing a regression model with a country dummy variable, the differential determinants of financial goals attainment between Italian and Japanese samples are estimated. A significant difference can be found in the impact of new product development capabilities on profit goals attainment only. Then, we evaluate the level of improvement in explanatory power by dividing the pooled sample into two and enabling regression coefficients to take different values, and find no evidences of the significant improvement. Technology and marketing capabilities concerning new product development are demonstrated to be overwhelmingly important to financial performance. [Copyright &y& Elsevier]