Virtual Product Development in University-Enterprise Partnership

Virtual Product Development in University-Enterprise Partnership

George Dragoi (Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania), Anca Draghici (Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania), Sebastian Marius Rosu (Special Telecommunication Service, Romania) and Costel Emil Cotet (Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2010070104
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Development teams involved in product development are often geographically and temporally distributed, and there is a high level of outsourcing in product development efforts. Enterprises give rise to a special type of virtual enterprise, in which each company maintains the greatest flexibility and business independence. This paper presents a vision of next generation engineering working environments and describes a core information technology on which future systems can be built. Cooperative processes are not the automatic results of implementing collaborative, real-time communication technologies, but the result of a carefully designed and systematically maintained virtual team development plan. This paper discusses the critical issues of the virtual product development and builds a general architecture of an experimental platform for training, research and consulting in the new digital economy, located in the PREMINV center from University “POLITEHNICA” of Bucharest.
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Under the concept of a global economy, enterprises are assigning design and production environments around the world in different areas. The optimization of product benefit must be the focus of all network activities (Niemann, Tickkiewitch, & WestKamper, 2009). A serious issue of information exchange emerges as companies use traditional hardware and very distinct software appropriate to their field of expertise. To overcome the problem of low productivity due to the interruption of information, the concept of simultaneous engineering and concurrent design becomes very significant. Currently, the biggest problem for virtual networks is that the companies which need them the most are not becoming members. If one monitors the activities of companies involved in international trade on the Internet, one would notice rather quickly that many of the most active companies are very small. We would never speak badly of very small companies, being one ourselves. However, it is probably these companies more than any other who has the most to gain by joining virtual networks. Unfortunately, many of these companies either can not afford or are unwilling to pay for a World Wide Web presence, which is usually a prerequisite for joining an active virtual network. There is also usually a membership fee and in some cases the fees are slightly expensive when one considers that the organizations are very new and have no proven record of success.

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