Supporting Research and Development Processes Using Knowledge Management Methods

Supporting Research and Development Processes Using Knowledge Management Methods

Thomas Hahn (Profactor Produktionsforschungs GmbH, Austria), Bernhard Schmiedinger (Profactor Produktionsforschungs GmbH, Austria) and Elisabeth Stephan (Profactor Produktionsforschungs GmbH, Austria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-933-5.ch043
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Abstract

This chapter shows the integration of formal and informal knowledge and information exchange methodologies for an integrative product development process. It describes in detail how to transfer knowledge between organizational-related units to allow a smooth transition of development projects. Based on communities and information technology support, the concept offers a substantial way to bridge communication gaps to increase efficiency. Furthermore the authors hope that this chapter increases understanding of existing problems in manufacturing companies and enables practitioners to find a basic idea of how to solve their own challenges.

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