Effect of `front-loading' problem-solving on product development performance

Stefan Thomke, Takahiro Fujimoto

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A front-loading method on solving product development performance is developed which can be achieved using a number of different approaches, two of which are discussed. First, is the project-to-project knowledge transfer which leverages previous projects by transferring problem and solution-specific information to new projects. Secondly, the rapid problem-solving, which leverages advanced technologies and methods to increase the overall rate at which development problems are identified and solved. Other approaches to front-load problem-solving in product development are discussed and how a problem-solving perspective can help managers build capabilities for higher development performance is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-142
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Product Innovation Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Mar
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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