Assessing the Relationship between New Product Development Practices and Performance in the Norwegian Manufacturing Industry

Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)

Abstract

This article reports on a survey for determining the current status of lean product development (LPD) practices among Norwegian manufacturing companies using a generic LPD model as basis. The model includes six main dimensions and was developed based on a systematic review of existing models, practices and interpretations, including the Toyota Product Development Systems amongst others. Using non-probabilistic design, a sample of 258 responses out of 356 invited subjects, demonstrates the relation between product development performance and the following elements: clear project prioritization based on portfolio thinking and balancing the workload; loyalty to the agreed upon design strategy; project dynamics cause project members to continuously update themselves on critical product characteristics; and the use of simple and visual communication modes is deployed in the organization.

Keywords

lean product development survey company performance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Torgeir Welo
    • 1
  • Silje H. Aschehoug
    • 2
  • Geir Ringen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Engineering Design and MaterialsNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Sintef Raufoss ManufacturingRaufossNorway

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