Developing a Unified Product Lifecycle Management Value Model

  • Abram L. J. WaltonEmail author
  • Michael W. Grieves
  • Darrel L. Sandall
  • Matthew L. Breault
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 492)


With the understanding of the enormous economic value inherent in next generation products, business enterprises repeatedly describe the value metrics and Return On Investment (ROI) of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) as difficult to assess, thus confounding their ability to quickly and strategically make decisions. Given that PLM initiatives are such sizable investments and interdisciplinary, executives are struggling to agree upon value metrics to measure throughout the project to understand an accurate value created. Thus a shortage of known ROI information is available to make the case for financing a PLM project; moreover unique industry and organizational variables make it unfeasible for companies to easily benchmark competitors and predetermine the values gained. A literature review reveals a void of information relative to quantifiable value metrics and ROI of PLM. This article proposes a framework to use Grounded Theory research methodology to capture value metrics and formulate models, contributing to future organizational decisions on PLM implementations.


Product lifecycle management PLM ROI Value Grounded theory Internet of Things 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abram L. J. Walton
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael W. Grieves
    • 2
  • Darrel L. Sandall
    • 3
  • Matthew L. Breault
    • 4
  1. 1.Director of Center for Lifecycle and Innovative ManagementFlorida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA
  2. 2.Executive Director of Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative DesignFlorida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA
  3. 3.College of BusinessFlorida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA
  4. 4.ResearcherFlorida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA

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