A Novel Hybrid Engineering Methodology to Enhance Collaboration During the Design and Development of Meta Product Services

  • Shamaila IramEmail author
  • Terrence Fernando
  • May Bassanino
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 480)


Since the Product-Service System (PSS) is accompanied by a paradigm shift towards the sustainability of the production process, it demands an advanced level of collaboration throughout the design and development process. This poses new challenges to enhance collaboration among cross-sectional, multi-disciplinary design teams in order to incorporate a variety of interdisciplinary services in a complex service-oriented system. Therefore, a new collaboration methodology is needed to reduce barriers to collaboration in a cross- organizational structure domain. This research work aims at highlighting the collaboration challenges that Meta-Product design teams face and also proposes a novel methodology to enhance collaboration among multi-disciplinary teams. The proposed methodology is a hybrid engineering model designed by integrating an Information Delivery Manual approach with a traditional software development process along with three interlinked collaboration services.


Meta products Product Extension Services Product-Service Systems (PSS) Information Delivery Manual (IDM) Business Process Model Notation (BPMN) Collaboration 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) under Grant Agreement n° 609413. This document does not represent the opinion of the European Community, and the European Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of its contents.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shamaila Iram
    • 1
    Email author
  • Terrence Fernando
    • 1
  • May Bassanino
    • 1
  1. 1.School of the Built Environment, THINKlabUniversity of SalfordGreater ManchesterUK

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