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14TH INTERNATIONAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE


PORTO, PORTUGAL – JUNE 10-12, 2007
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

Product innovation is increasingly considered to be a central source for competitive advantage and a crucial driver for economic growth. Corporations are trying to face the challenges of global competition by launching new products that better satisfy explicit and latent user needs and desires, and that have improved performance, superior functionality, lower cost, higher symbolic and emotional value, and sustainable impact on the environment.

In this scenario, companies are seeking to understand how new products may be conceived and developed successfully. Managing product development is a major challenge because of its inherent uncertain, complex and multidisciplinary nature. Product development requires the management of creative resources and experimental processes with uncertain outputs. Also, it requires the management of many different types of interfaces: both interactions between different units within a firm (marketing, research, manufacturing, etc.) and interactions with external actors, being them users, suppliers, partners, designers, or universities. The interfaces today cross the borders countries and continents. Different types of knowledge, competencies, attitudes and values have to work together.

Research on product development management is challenged by this uncertain, complex and multidisciplinary nature. In order to understand the dynamics of new product conception and development, scholars have increasingly to operate across different disciplines: strategy, management of innovation, technology and R&D management, project management, research policy, marketing, design, anthropology, sociology, organization, operations management, etc.

PROGRAMME

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CONFERENCE BOARD - ORGANISING COMMITTEES

Conference Chair :

Antonio FERNANDES, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal

Conference Co-Chairs :

Aurora TEIXEIRA, Faculty of Economics of University of Porto, Portugal
Renato NATAL JORGE, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal

Conference Board :

Christer KARLSSON, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and EIASM - Chairman
Harry BOER, Aalborg University, Denmark
John CHRISTIANSEN, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Paul COUGHLAN, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
Koenraad DEBACKERE, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Keith GOFFIN, Cranfield School of Management, U.K.
Abbie GRIFFIN, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.
Armand HATCHUEL, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
Eric Jan HULTINK, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Thomas HUSTAD, Indiana University, U.S.A.
Marco IANSITI, Harvard Business School, USA
Alan MACCORMACK, Harvard Business School
James M. UTTERBACK, MIT, USA
Roberto VERGANTI, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Conference steering committee :

Abbie GRIFFIN, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.
Eric Jan HULTINK, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
John CHRISTIANSEN, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark


Local Organising Committee :

Ana DELGADO, Faculty of Economics of University of Porto, Portugal
António FERREIRA, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal
Alcibíades  PAULO GUEDES, University of Porto Business School, Portugal 
João PINTO FERREIRA, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal
José SARSFIELD CABRAL, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal
Sandra SILVA, Faculty of Economics of University of Porto, Portugal
Ana TAVARES, Faculty of Economics of University of Porto, Portugal
João TAVARES, Faculty of Engineering of  University of Porto, Portugal
Paulo TAVARES DE CASTRO, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal
António TORRES MARQUES, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal

CHRISTER KARLSSON BEST PAPER AWARD

The winners of the traditional Christer Karlsson Best Paper Award  are :

Michael Antioco, Rudy K. Moenaert and Adam Lindgreen

For the paper entitled:

“REDUCING ON-GOING PRODUCT DESIGN DECISION-MAKING BIAS”

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The Runners Up Best Paper is from  

Gloria Barzczak, Fareena Sultan, Erik Jan Hultink

For the paper entitled:

"Antecedents and Consequences of information Technology Usage in NPD: A Comparision of Dutch and US Companies "


Keith Goffin and Ursula Koners

For the paper entitled:

“Identifying Tacit Knowledge in NPD : The Methodological Challenge"


Assessment Criteria available here


SUMMARY, TRENDS AND CHALLENGES

IPDMC 2007 : Summary, Trends and Challenges.