Designing and implementing a web platform to support SMEs in collaborative product development

Marco Formentini, Michela Lolli, Alberto Felice De Toni

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Abstract

Research on the product development process lacks of investigation on the aspects related to its potential integration in a web-based collaborative environment, especially when considering the practical needs of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).Our study aims at investigating how is it possible to design and develop a web-based platform aimed at supporting SMEs in the product development process. On the basis of a thorough literature review and a mapping of the existing platform and tools available in the design domain, this paper describes in detail the development of a ICT platform, called iCommunity, which constitutes the backbone and the foundation upon which to build an ecosystem of innovation, that helps SMEs to: (1) manage the distributed collective intelligence in the new product development; (2) design and develop modular products in a collaborative way. The action research methodology has been chosen for its appropriateness to the characteristic of this study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2012, Rhodes, Greece, September 24 - 26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, Part II
EditorsChristos Emmanouilidis, Marco Taisch, Dimitris Kiritsis
Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer
Pages112-119
Number of pages8
Volume398
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Electronic)9783642403613
ISBN (Print)9783642403606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2012 - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 24 Sep 201226 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
NumberPART 2
Volume398
ISSN (Print)18684238

Conference

ConferenceIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2012
CountryGreece
CityRhodes
Period24/09/1226/09/12

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Product development
  • SMEs
  • Web platform

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    Formentini, M., Lolli, M., & De Toni, A. F. (2013). Designing and implementing a web platform to support SMEs in collaborative product development. In C. Emmanouilidis, M. Taisch, & D. Kiritsis (Eds.), IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology: IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2012, Rhodes, Greece, September 24 - 26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, Part II (PART 2 ed., Vol. 398, pp. 112-119). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 398, No. PART 2). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40361-3_15