The rise of social product development

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Marco Bertoni, Andreas Larsson, Åsa Ericson, Koteshwar Chirumalla, Tobias Larsson, Ola Isaksson, Dave Randall
Title: The rise of social product development
Journal: International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations
Year: 2012
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Pagination: 188-207
Publisher: Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
URI/DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2012.048346
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap - avd. för maskinteknik)
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Language: English
Abstract: The aim of the paper is to discuss the rising potential of social software to increase the knowledge management capabilities of virtual product development teams. It presents six fundamental transitions, elaborated from the empirical findings, which justify the rise of a more bottom-up, social creation and sharing of engineering knowledge in the virtual organisation. The study suggests that traditional engineering knowledge management approaches alone are not sufficient to support development activities in the virtual organisation, and that such teams display an increasing demand for social, comparatively lightweight and remixable platforms for bottom-up, social creation and sharing of knowledge.
Subject: Mechanical Engineering\General
Computer Science\General
Keywords: social product development, social software, engineering knowledge management, virtual organisations, Engineering 2.0, lightweight knowledge sharing, remixable platforms.