Ideation methods applied in a cross-functional inter-organizational group: an exploratory case study from the railway sector
Number of Authors: 3
2017 (English)In: Research in Engineering Design, ISSN 0934-9839, E-ISSN 1435-6066, Vol. 28, no 1, 71-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The conceptual design phase is a critical step, since it influences the subsequent steps during product development with regard to cost, quality and performance. Previous research has focused on cross-functional teams within an organization. However, many product development projects benefit from the participation of members from different organizations, not least during the conceptual design phase of technical products, where it is essential to consider different aspects of the product-to-be. Therefore, we conducted an in-depth case study of a cross-functional inter-organizational group testing ideation methods in a real-life setting within a development project in the railway sector. The group comprised participants from an infrastructure manager, a supplier, a maintenance contractor and research bodies. The tested ideation methods were Method 635, the gallery method and the SIL method. The participants found working in a cross-functional inter-organizational group to be beneficial both during the group-analysis of the topics and during the generation of ideas on how to address the ideation topic. Applying the ideation methods to the ideation topics facilitated the sharing of information between participants, and the diversity of the group manifested itself in several ways during ideation. Overall, the gallery method was most popular, and the SIL method was least popular among the participants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 28, no 1, 71-97 p.
New product development, Concept generation, Cross-functional groups, Inter-organizational groups, Ideation methods, Method 635, Gallery method, SIL method
Other Civil Engineering
Research subject Operation and Maintenance
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-36827DOI: 10.1007/s00163-016-0238-zScopusID: 2-s2.0-84988701292OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-36827DiVA: diva2:1010187
Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2017-02-20 (andbra)2016-10-032016-10-032017-02-20Bibliographically approved