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How are knowledge and information evaluated?: decision making in stage-gate processes
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2009 (English)In: Design has never been this cool: ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design ; 24 - 27 August 2009, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA ; proceedings volume / [ed] Margareta Norell Bergendahl; Martin Grimheden; Larry Leifer, Design Research Society, 2009, Vol. 1: Design processes, 195-206 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Stage-Gate processes decisions are made based on the knowledge and information developed during the preceding phase. The purpose of this study is to explore the current state-of-practice in industry regarding the assessment of knowledge and information at gate. The result indicates that gate reviews relates mainly to assessments of technical performance and function. Relatively little attention is given to assess the quality of the knowledge base, making it difficult to identify outdated, irrelevant and non-applicable information and knowledge. Further, tacit knowledge plays an important role in the decision making process, as reviewers ask for design rationale and further evidence of what has been done, and why. However, evaluating such knowledge is currently a poorly understood aspect of gate reviews. Conclusions drawn is that, although the specific focus of such meetings is not the evaluation of knowledge and information, there is a promising opportunity to work towards a better support of such activities, especially since the respondents perceive benefits coming from an increased attention to assessments of both the explicit and tacit knowledge base used in gate reviews.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Design Research Society, 2009. Vol. 1: Design processes, 195-206 p.
Series
, DS / Design Society, 58
Keyword [en]
fasteass, Industrial engineering and economy - Industrial organisation, administration and economics
Keyword [sv]
Industriell teknik och ekonomi - Industriell organisation, administration och ekonomi
Research subject
Functional Product Development; Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35320Local ID: 9ce4dd90-e636-11dd-88bb-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-1-904670-05-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-35320DiVA: diva2:1008573
Conference
International Conference on Engineering Design : 24/08/2009 - 27/08/2009
Projects
Fastelaboratoriet - VINNEXC
Note
Godkänd; 2009; 20090119 (chrjoh)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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