An overview of knowledge sharing in new product development

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This paper provides an overview of some of the issues in knowledge management related to the sharing of knowledge in new product development. Previous research and concepts reported by international researchers and examples of the research projects carried out by the authors will be introduced. The paper first provides an overview of the history and importance of innovation and challenges in manufacturing. Then, the importance of new product development in the sustainable success of manufacturing enterprises in the globalised business operations is discussed. The formalisation and modelling of product development processes will also be introduced. The concept and different definitions of knowledge management by previous researchers are then introduced, with further discussion on knowledge sharing. At this point, the authors’ research in knowledge sharing is also introduced. Finally, the trend of using social media and Enterprise 2 technologies in knowledge management and sharing is introduced using the recent research projects of the authors as examples.


Knowledge management Knowledge sharing New product development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and ScienceUniversity of GreenwichKentUK
  2. 2.Product Design and Industrial Systems Department, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, LS2N UMR CNRS 6004Nantes Cedex 3France

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