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

  • Torgeir Welo
  • Silje H. Aschehoug
  • Geir Ringen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)


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.


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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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