Product Development and Concurrent Engineering

  • Christoph H. Loch
  • Christian Terwiesch


Concurrent Engineering (CE) represents a key trend in product development over the last decade. It has changed academic and industrial approaches of looking at the product development process. It can be defined as an integrated “new product development process to allow participants, who make upstream decisions to consider downstream and external requirements.” Central characteristics of a concurrent development process are activity overlapping, information transfer in small batches, and the use of cross-functional teams (Gerwin and Susman, 1996). Some related practices of Toyota are described here.


Product Development Engineer Management Harvard Business School Modular Architecture Product Development Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph H. Loch
    • 1
  • Christian Terwiesch
    • 2
  1. 1.INSEADFontainebleauFrance
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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